Standing here at the cash desk (which incidentally is a real work of art - no kidding!! Created for us by Scott Fletcher of Handspring Design (see it on his website, www.handspring.co.uk) from a sketch by the lovely Martyn, it is crafted from green oak and incorporates reclaimed wine barrels as well as a beautiful aluminium leaf work surface, not only tactile and aesthetically pleasing but very practical to boot ... but I digress..).
Sorry, start again... Standing here at the cash desk looking across to a wall of fantastic wines, all chosen for us by Master of Wine Clive Barlow (we really are sooooo lucky to have Clive as a friend and mentor, he finds us the most fantastic wines at amazing prices that knock Tesco and Sainsbury and the like into a cocked hat. Slander? Bring it on ... oops - digressing again, where was I ..), listening to Adele's new album with a latte from the restaurant in one hand and the latest gift catalogues from our favourite companies in the other, this could be the best job in the world. OK, customers may be a bit scarce at this time of year (they are all in the plant centre buying fruit trees, or at home planting them lol) but we have faith that they will be here in their droves again come Easter, so we are justified in getting the chequebook out and buying in lots of fab stuff. It's a tough job but someone has to do it.
To sadder things ... tomorrow is Teresa's last day and we are very sorry that she is leaving us but excited for her that she has a full-time manager's job to go to. Congratulations TC (Top Cat?!) - they're gain is our loss, but then it's all in a good cause. At least on Saturday Claire - our super-saleswoman who somehow manages to attract customers like bees round Beult House honey pots - will be in so I can have a day off. In fact a whole weekend off, as our other star performer Katie is in on Sunday. So two days of housework, dog walks, grocery shopping and updating business plans for me ahead...
(When plugging the wines I should mention the great new wine shelves built by Neil, from actual old apple bushel boxes. Our ex-BT engineer/electrician and part-time delivery and planting supremo for Grow, now a cross between Laurence Llewellyn Bowen and Mary Portas - has done a great job and given us lots more space for all Clive's wines. Yes Neil, all the hard work was worth it.)
See you next week.