When Tracy wrote our last article, we had no idea that the whole nation would be in lockdown again. We are here to help. You can ring us with an order and we shall be happy to deliver your shopping to you. If you feel in need of company, we are ‘more than a shop’ and a distanced chat in the courtyard is permitted under the rules. The courtyard is a public place so if Mr Gove doesn’t find you sitting down, it’ll be ok. We have upped our Covid-19 precautions in the shop, with regular decontamination of handles and surfaces throughout our opening times, so that you can shop with confidence.
It’s that time of year again! Seville oranges are back in season and available in the shop. Sugar and lemons are also available in quantity. We sell at least 60 kilos of marmalade oranges every year. We try to guess how soon after putting the notice on the A-frame, the first Seville seeker will arrive. It’s normally about half an hour! Little did we realise that the pleasant task of filling our larders with homemade marmalade would be a lockdown activity.
Lockdown has renewed our interest in our gardens too and we now have a fresh stock of spring bulbs from Katie’s Garden. The snowdrops are out and our beleaguered spirits have been lifted by the promise of new life. Why not come and choose some narcissus, dwarf tulips, pale grape hyacinth, or the palest lilac irises to cheer yourself up even more?
Tracy began her training as shop manager at the beginning of January. She takes over from Wendy at the end of February after eleven years in the job.
I know you will all support Tracy and we look forward to going into the new decade.
Thanks as always to our customers and our loyal and courageous volunteers.