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

Monday, 18 August 2008

Late August

I am sat here, in the office preparing for the final onslaught of the 'summer' season, august bank holiday. The weather, thanks to the good old jet stream has been absolutely **** crap. We have, just, manged to combine the oil seed rape and winter barley but many farms in the area still have the early sown crops in the fields, winter wheat hasn't been touched yet. l noticed today on my weekly trip to our local town that the floods were 'out' once again around the castle motte. August my foot!

So, what a wonderful summer for the hoards of tourists who are once again re-discovering the pleasures of the English summer holiday. All roads heading to the coast have been busy, [understatement], not that we mind. The coastal resorts are reporting a bumper year with sales of buckets and spades being at a record level. Certainly here, we have noticed a new wave of customers, families either coming for the day, or as they say in this part of the world 'comfurt'day', or stopping on one of the many caravan parks the litter this coastline, so thanks to the 'credit crunch' the beautiful, historic and varied landscape of Yorkshire is being discovered once again.

This year, our immediate cliff has not eroded too much, however, further north along coast towards Bridlington, the sea is washing up the mud cliffs at every high tide, eroding vast amounts of boulder clay, resulting in the road being closed and several houses in imminent danger of being washed into the sea. Locals are pretty sure that this pounding of the cliffs is due in large to the sand dredging out in the bay, which incidentally we also reckon has resulted in reduction in common tern numbers who feed on sand eels.

It will be interesting to see how busy we are this weekend, the forecast isn't good, but when your on holiday you have to go somewhere, and at least we have indoor as well as out door seating. The ice cream team are busy making loads of napoli tubs so as to keep our wholesale customers stocked up over the coming bank holiday, so, if you are visiting the Yorkshire coast, look out for the signs and try a proper dairy ice cream, you can find us here at base camp, or along the coast from Hornsea to Whitby! Have a nice weekend!


ChrisH said...

Hello! Nice to see you again - we WILL come up and have a proper ice cream, it's on the list but goodness when we will find the breathing space to have a break. Wishing you a very prosperous bank holiday

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting won't it. You would think this terrible weather would keep the tourists at bay but it doesn't. I guess I for one, won't complain that I live in a beautiful area where people want to visit, as I am sure you will be the same about your home.

Harvest? Is that what you call it!!

CJ xx

Faith said...

Hopefully people still want to eat ice-cream in the rain!

Frances said...

Oh, how I would love to try your ice cream! Hoping that your weather will improve. So far this summer, I have had only one ice cream cone. But ... it was a gem, on a very hot day. Pistachio gelato ... extra huge scoop since I told the lady (at the Italian bakery where I got it) that it was my first cone of the season.

The more I think about ice creams, the more I think I will have to go back to that bakery really soon. Ordinary mass-produced ice creams just won't do! That's why I hope that I get to try yours some day.


mountainear said...

Wish I was coming your way - you live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Could eat an ice cream too. Right now.

elizabethm said...

Hope you have a good weekend. Our forecast has improved and we have had visitors in our cottage all summer long, mostly surprisingly cheerful about the weather!
Would be ready for an ice cream about now.

Grouse said...

Well, darling, on their past performance, if they say it will be a bad weekend, best get your cozzie on!
Chatsworth farm shop have been heaving this week too- keep running out of eggs!

Yorkshire Pudding said...
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Yorkshire Pudding said...

Two month gap? I thought you had emigrated or passed away. The sand dredging sounds typically about selfish short-term thinking for quick financial gain and bugger the environment!

Pondside said...

I'm sure your ice cream makes up for the lack of good weather - who cares if it's grey if the ice cream is yummy!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Grey icecream Pondside? Yuk!

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