Muddyboots

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

Monday, 21 January 2008

A Relaxing January?

Halfway through January. Time passes so fast, is the planet spinning faster on its axis? So here we are then, 21st January 2008. Busy busy busy.

In previous years, January has been the sedate month, a time to recharge those batteries, sit front of the fire sipping sloe gin & watching those good old repeats on the telly. Bliss. This year?

Bang! It has been non-stop since the New Year. Hence no blogs. Don't mention the word 'paperwork' or 'external audit'. Shussssh!

To produce food, you have to be passed by the local council's Environmental Health Officer, who gives you a very thorough going over & inspects your HACCP plan with an electron microscope. This is good. It protect you, the general public from bogus or substandard food and protect us into the bargain. However, we have a new customer coming on board who is raising the bar to an even higher notch. This is good. But to actually climb over the high bar we need to put new measures in place. It all takes some doing but we are getting closer to the gold medal standard, so to speak. It just takes time. So no January holiday this year! I think having achieved SALSA certified standard makes up for it. How sad is that? A certification as opposed to 10 nights somewhere near the equator?

Now swiftly moving away from our luscious, homemade ice cream to caravans. The Caravan Club certified site is, l am pleased to say, fully booked for Easter. We also have a caravan rally at the same time. Nothing like gluttons for punishment eh? Lets hope that, despite Easter being early, the grass pitches will be dry enough to use, if not, it's a case of hard standing only!

Oh by the way, did l say it is still raining up here on Yorkshire's east coast?

11 comments:

Sally's Chateau said...

Divine ice cream, stunning scenery and a lovely pitch for your caravan, oh and Mrs Muddyboots on hand with a welcome smile, what more could anyone wish for on holiday ?

Milla said...

*amn right it's all going far too fast, but seeing those lovely pictures I sort of want it to carry on going fast, (apart from next week when I'm skiing) until it gets to summer and then it can stop.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Just been watching the news and caught up with the awful weather where you are. Good to hear you are so busy though, great for the business.

Crystal xx

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

Dry here and a nice brisk breeze blowing , well I suppsoe to be truthful more a howling gale but at elast no rain. Hmm sorry give me 10 days near the equator instead of 10 days nternal audit nayday even if I did get a gold star at the end!!

lampworkbeader said...

It's raining here too. I hope it stops for you soon. We could do with a bit of sun and a brisk breeze.

Elizabethd said...

Well done, hope that 'gold medal' materialises soon as a reward for all the awful paperwork.
Lovely ice cream!

laurie said...

those pictures are lovely, especially the first one--the flower.

did you just take them? why isn't everything frozen solid in ice, like it is here??? no fair.

bodran... said...

It's flown by hasnt it, and please stop raining please!
The ice cream looks divine hmmm and its good to be busy xx

Casdok said...

Yes where is the time going!
Rain here! (And i wont mention paprwork!)

elizabethm said...

Mmm, your ice cream looks fabulous. Not raining here today by some miracle. Hope things have brightened up for you too. and congratulations on clearing the ever higher bars - takes real commitment on your part I am sure.

tim relf said...

Who wants 10 nights' near the Equator? Probably would be too hot? And the hotel bed would be uncomfortable. But a certification...

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