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Cider not with Rosie

Well, at least now Dougie has been (deservedly) crowned King of the Jungle 2011 I might get around to some admin, including updating this blog a bit more regularly!   My money was on Mark but there wasn't much to choose between them.

Closer to home... in Tank no 1 the cider is a-bubblin away merrily now and the ciderist veterans tell us a slow fermentation is best, so we're not worrying too much that tank number 2 hasn't kicked off yet!  Looking to rack off (spot use of technical term here) in February or March unless the weather turns tropical again.  Still much airlock-watching going on though - do they say a watched tank never bubbles?

Busy week in the shop, beginning to see the first signs of Christmas present panic-buying setting in.  Already having to reorder Christmas Mead, cream liqueurs and leather doorstops (last year's Christmas must-have, and looking good again for 2011.) Put the first Christmas CDs on today - Sarah Mclachlan's Wintersong and Diana Krall's Christmas album - and plugged the fairy lights back in.  Watching the first few Christmas trees from Grow heading to the car park, it all felt pretty festive when Michele from Flowerart next door brought in some mulled wine to top it off!  Great stuff.  

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