Muddyboots

Follow the fortunes of Muddyboots & Family on their East Yorkshire farm which has changed from dairy farm to luxury ice cream manufacture

Monday, 13 August 2007

long summer days

When you're busy doesn't time fly? When you are busy and tired, boy, does it pass slowly. It is the busy, tired stage today. Our baking lady, who incidentally also helps me in the kitchen, has taken time out to marry her long standing fiance. Nothing wrong in nuptials but at this time of year it has put a strain on everyone, which has been exasperated by a dose of summer ailments that has been passing amongst out younger team members.

It's one of the joys of being self employed, long hours, few days off & all the hassle! Wouldn't change it for the world, but 4 weeks paid holiday does seem rather nice.

The world and his wife, plus children & grandparents are now out & about in force. This is great, because l would think, most UK tourism of whatever description has taken a broadside thanks to the blurdey awful early summer weather.

Travel has become a real headache, for example, unless you set off early for Brid now, by mid-morning 6 mile tailbacks greet the desperate car driver. Road rage & accidents are common place. What is the point of over taking queue of slow moving traffic when you really aren't going to get to your destination any faster?

Well, we are now half way through the month, so provided the weather holds, [please, please, please,] we should be getting busier with each passing day, building to a climax over the bank holiday weekend, then, ah such luxury, peace will return heralded in by September.

Gordon has asked that l show his swimming prowess whilst clutching a plastic bottle!

18 comments:

sally's chateau said...

I like the sound of any holiday never mind 4 weeks paid, I know, I know I'm on a permanent holiday same as you !!.

laurie said...

what a gorgeous dog! i wish riley would learn to swim. he's part lab, so he should be a natural, but he learned to shun water from the border collie.

if i were over there, i'd stop by for an ice cream. and maybe help you with the washing up a bit.(i'm good at that.) let you put your feet up a while.

FunkyMunky said...

What a clever boy Gordon is!! Such a lovely photo! I know exactly what you mean about being tired and busy! It's nice to be busy ... but it's nice to be able to relax too!!

Faith said...

Good luck with it all, and lovely pic of Gordon!

snailbeachshepherdess said...

I bet there are days when you dont know your thingy from your wotsit! Never mind only another three and a bit weeks and you will be able to relax a bit! Good luck

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Holiday - now isn't that something that everyone else has . . . Hang on in there the tourist season will soon by calming down.

Well done Gordon . . . .

Exmoorjane said...

Oooh yes, four weeks paid holiday would be fabulous.... but then it's good to be busy (aaghh, the nightmore of being self-employed). Great swimming, Gordon!

Grouse said...

Unusually, I'm expecting a few quieter weeks.......clean-down in the big shed so will be able to spend a bit more time outside.......praying for good weather.......

Suffolkmum said...

Fantastic photo. Come on, don't flag now .... we're all willing you on ...

Gwen said...

It's a shame for self-employed people. They really need holidays but tend not to take them. I'm not self employed but I don't relax enough. I need to do a bit more of it.

mutterings and meanderings said...

Do they know how to overtake tractors when it's clear to do so? I reckon the tourists round here are too scared to. Grrrr.

Gordon is gorgeous.

Pondside said...

Gordon the swimming trick dog - he's brilliant!!
I know what you mean about 4 weeks paid holiday! I contract, so when I'm 'off' I'm also unpaid (ouch!)and four weeks holiday in January means I have to hire someone to cover for me.
Anyway, it sounds as though August might make up for your awful July - I hope so!

The Country Craft Angel said...

Have just been catching up Muddyboots reading about Cheggars!

You do work incredibly hard. My busy time is on the run up to Christmas...I always say I go into hibernation for Jan, Feb and March!

Hols will soon be over my friend.

warm wishes
xx

ChrisH said...

I've said before I really take my hat off to you for dealing with the public - I wish you a very prosperous season and a rest at the end of it as a reward. It did remind me that it's an awful long time since Tom and I had a holiday, I know to others our life's a breeze but we're still trying to earn a crust here - wouldn't swap it for the four weeks paid though!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

It's nice to "build up to a climax" and then enjoy the peace that follows. I never thought the homemade ice cream business could be so sexy! And what's this about four weeks paid hoiliday? Try twelve if you're a teacher! Ha! Ha!

Tattie Weasle said...

On a major catch up! Crossing fingers and willing you all on - have no idea if it really helps but as they say it's the thought that counts! Love the cow pat!

@themill said...

The lot of the self employed. No one would ever do it if they actually worked out what they earn per hour.
F&M - another nail in the coffin of agriculture? I used to laugh when my other half claimed a conspiracy theory, but I'm starting to agree with him. I think the Farmer here is considering the future of his cattle, having discovered how much less stressful life is without sheep!

tim relf said...

Have your recovered from the Kate Muir "naming and shaming" yet muddy boots?!

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