19th November

19th November

It’s a cracking day today, the sun is shining, it’s not too cold and the rain seems like a thing of the past. The river is at normal levels and there ought to be fishermen galore but there are none and I don’t know why not as the season goes on till the end of November. Back in September when we expect to start to see the fishermen coming they didn’t as then there as no water, indeed it was the lowest I’ve seen the river in the 7 years we’ve been here. I even called some of them that were booked to tell them not to bother as the river was virtually empty and fully expected them to re-book before the end of the season. So if you’re a fisherman and you’re reading this the river looks perfect right now for catching a late season big grey back.

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The last few days have seen us selling lots of gourmet menus, it’s strange how they go there will be none for weeks then all of a sudden there’s a spate. Just like Chef for a Day participants we have one on Friday and another on Saturday this week. This is of course the time of year we sell lots of vouchers for Chef for a Day as they are bought as Christmas presents.

We’re making great headway in the garden at the minute too and this dry spell will certainly help things. Julie our new gardener is doing a great job. She is putting in a lot of work into the vegetable garden preparing new beds and getting the existing ones ready for next year so I’m looking forward to a lot more home grown produce on the menu. It is fantastic to just go outside and pick what we need for that days menus, provenance has always been high on my agenda and what better provenance is there than to grow your own.

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