The Belchalwell Bugle
After a month of being too idle to blog it is time to get back to the discipline of uploading my thoughts. Hence the new title, which sounds a little more punchy and will hopefully enthuse me. I have been berated by my internet guru for not not posting every week, it is easy to get out of the habit and I must admit to not being that keen in the first place but she assured me that it was either this or Facebook or Twitter if I want to keep the site ‘active’ – the least of three evils! Even as I write I wonder why anyone would want to read my ramblings.
As in all new enterprises, especially where there is no competition in the area, it takes time to get going and one has to be alert to every opportunity to promote the business. This means time spent visiting and talking to anyone who may be able to help or give a lead. I have been out on the road with the flyers, agents, schools, pubs, hotels etc, etc. So far the best response has come from those kindly displayed by Simon Harvell, the award winning butcher in Iwerne Minster. Then there are press releases to prepare and decisions as to whether and where to advertise. On top of this is the realisation that being one’s own secretary is not as easy as one imagined, yet alone coping with technology!
Then there is the gardening and handyman jobs as well as ‘life on the farm’. As feared the cows have failed to produce, which is a blow but the lambs are fattening nicely and the first hatch are begining to lay. The vegetable garden has been disappointing and only one apple tree has fruited and the pears, plums and greengages do not look as if they are going to ripen. On a serious note yields are right down for arable farmers and we need more sun badly.
As the economy continues to stutter and the politicians squable over unworkable plans for reforming the House of Lords, the only bright start in the firmament is the Olympics. It shows that we can do, so the plea to those in power is unshackle us from mindless regulation, be it ours or Europe’s so that we can hold our heads high in the world again for longer than two weeks.