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August 16, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Next week at Apley Farm Shop

Harvesting Apley wheat

Harvesting Apley wheat

I love this photo of the combine harvesting (of wheat) on Apley Home Farm taken today. They paused after the heavy rain on Friday, but have been able to continue today. We had our first chilly autumnal morning today – not cold enough to be a frost – so I suppose that delayed their start, whilst they waited for moisture levels to drop before they restarted the combining.

Whilst our children enjoyed the penultimate riding event this summer, Gavin spent much of today trying to manage the BT problem which affected our cash tills & other telephones in the local area. Grrrr !

Coming up this week at Apley Farm Shop will be the Pigg’s Playbarn cardboard box club on Tuesday & craft club (with paper tube) on Wednesday. The Ludlow Nut Company are giving tasters on Saturday 22 Aug. The next Apley Walled Garden Beginners’ Gardening course will be on Wed 26 Aug – same day as the Teddy Bears’ picnic on the Skylark Nature Trail. I’ll be catching up on how the dog show went as well as finding out how Phil got on at Shrewsbury Flower Festival (always a feast for the eyes) behind Apley Walled Garden’s stand.

As September creeps closer, I get into a flat spin to tie up loose ends whilst our 4 children will have treasured time with their granny. I am hoping to catch up with our general manager Tina; Graeme our land agent; meet up with Amy our new Playbarn supervisor; chat with John Callinswood our new butcher who works with Craig Whitehouse; see Lora who’s moved from the Playbarn to be Farm Shop supervisor; also Martin our head chef in The Creamery Cafe; & Julie our head cake baker; externally a council tourism officer & the manager of another local farm shop. Another marketing presentation to staff & the of our first mini recipe film may have to wait until September !

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