y Well, it's been a while and you are probably thinking that I have disappeared!
Sadly at the end of last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and life went into a bit of a tailspin. As most of you who are regular customers know, we are a very small company - just me and Trev really, with help from my son Rob, so the pressure this has exerted has been immense.
Day to day orders have for the most part been fine, being monitored and processed between us but the development of offers, showcasing recipes and all of the other things that I do - largely unsung - behind the scenes have had to go onto the back burner for a while.
I underwent a surgery in November which highlighted further problems so this was followed by a mastectomy on 21 December - which made for an interesting Christmas. Histology following that op has found further problems so I have just entered the chemotherapy programme, with the first of 8 cycles being given last week. So far I feel fine, the problems have been minimal but I will have to see how we go. After chemo I am planned to have a course of radiotherapy and I have decided to have the second, preventative mastectomy at the end of it all for peace of mind. So, this is going to take a while, have ups and downs but we will endeavour to still do our best and may be think of new and innovative ways to take everything forward, because needs must. All good stuff.
The first of this is online courses. I can't be committed to my physical classes quite so much at the moment so we are recording the classes as an online format which you can access and join in with wherever you are, whenever it suits you. The first is How to Make Marmalade and you can find out just how easy it is for yourself. There are lots of hints and tips, quality advice and ways to vary the recipe to include different flavours. Once you have signed up to the course you can use it over and over again so is excellent value for money. There will be downloads and other information as time goes by to help build your skill and expertise.
I hope that you like the new things to come - and, of course, we will still be bringing you offers and bargains as they arise.