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View from the office today….

Slieve Blooms

Slieve Blooms with a sprinkling of snow

Time for Tea

Regulars here will know I am passionate about my tea.  I drink a lot of it…. probably too much, but I’m not going to change my habits now!

Despite being gifted a fancy Keurig coffee maker I have not been converted, I am still a tea drinker.

Blue Le Creuset Teapot

 

Make yourself a cup of tea and have a read of this article which I read with great amusement from the Saturday’s Irish Times –  Denis Fahey’s An Irishman’s Diary about the history of tea in Ireland.

Tea Lunacy

Tea Lunacy

Folks, all us tea drinkers are saved!

We can go mad!

The “Inspectors of Lunatics” have decreed so!  Excessive drinking of ‘stewed’ tea can cause lunacy.

And yes, as I’ve said before, we do use ‘real’ tea here.  And yes, I do use a tea cosy too!  Totally stubborn on how the tea should be made…. I will not be moved on this.

The diversity of the language is brilliant too…. do you ‘brew up’ or do you ‘wet’ the tea ….. it all depends on your nationality seemingly.

 

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Our ducks enjoying themselves on our neighbours pond!


Ducks on Pond

Ducks on Pond

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I seem to be on a bit of a fixation of sunrises and sunsets at the moment!

Winter sunset

Winter sunset

What would you think?

Most of you who follow on Facebook etc. will be aware that these past few months have been challenging on the health front here.

Alfie had a heart attack at the end of September which among many other factors hit us with regard to supplying hams to our usual Christmas customers. When we realised that we were faced with possibly disappointing our regular customers, I contacted them all, explained the situation to try to establish what their needs were.

Everyone was so understanding, and for once luck was on our side… a lot of our regulars were travelling for Christmas and would not need hams. Therefore, what little hams we had we could share among those staying at home.

We chatted with some other producers to see how they were fixed for supplies, because we knew we would have calls all the way up to Christmas.

One producer came up trumps and said he had plenty and would be delighted to supply.

We duly recommended him to many ….. mostly new to us, so we were going to miss out on possibly supplying them beyond Christmas  He was being handed new customers on a plate as such.

Then, we got the call from family (we’d forgotten to ask them if they needed ham!!!). Yes, they wanted a ham….. and ‘NO’ we did not have one.

Rather than disappoint family, we contacted said producer, explained that it was for family and could he help? He’d be delighted to…. no problem…. although delivery would be Christmas week.

Oldfarm Christmas Ham

Sorted.

Money paid …. full price paid.

And, yes, you’ve guessed it….. NO HAM ARRIVED.

Despite endless text messages, phone calls, emails, over several days ….. this chap did not answer a single call.

Now what would you think?

Alfie suggested that maybe he’s been in an awful car crash or something?

I feel…. he’s excuse better be along those lines.

He has disappointed me as a customer.

He has embarrased me to my family.

He has totally embarrassed us to potential customers…… did they get their hams? Do they think we operate our business like this?

What would you think?

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And just for a slight change of perspective…. here’s a winter sunset from the front garden

Winter sunset at Oldfarm

Winter sunset at Oldfarm

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If you follow along on Twitter or Instagram you’ll know I’ve been doing a series of #viewfromthekitchen…. I thought I should share on here too.  They’ve been mainly of the spectacular winter sunrises we’ve had.

View from the kitchen

View from the kitchen

Winter Sunrise/View from the Kitchen

Winter Sunrise/View from the Kitchen