Well its Friday and I'm sure, as I am, most of you are looking forward to the weekend.
This week I have been holding the fort whilst Sophie has been in America with Roger. So as well as all my usual duties for Roger and Sophie, I have been out waving the AFF flag and delivering to some of our lovely customers. I had not previously visited Brinkworth Dairy but only 3 miles away from SHF, I have been several times this week to collect some of our dairy goods. For those of you that might not know, Hill End Farm is home to a relatively small herd, 95, happy freisan cows who are allowed to graze on the lushous pastures of the Dauntsey Vale, and you can see them all on the way down the bumpy drive to Brinkworth Dairy. Ceri and Chad Cryer make a range of dairy products according to recipes that date back over 100 years.
Out on my deliveries I have been out as far as Frampton Mansell to visit Jolly Nice, on the Cirencester to Stroud Road, and I can without a doubt say, it is jolly nice. This luxurious farm shop sells our cream, butter, yoghurts and a variety of cheeses.
My next stop was the Five Alls at Filkins. I can personally recommend this pub, it is fabulous and whats more they serve the most delicious cheese from Roger and Karen Crudge at Churchill near Burford. Chef Ben was pleased that his customers would be able to enjoy this special cheese over the weekend.
My final delivery this week was to The Three Trees Farm Shop, just off J15 of the M4 at Chiseldon. Beth and Ian McMurray, run a wonderful farm shop and cafe - they do a scrummy coronation chicken baguette for those of you that might be passing with a hungry tummy. Here I delivered a large bag of treats including Simon Weavers organic Cotswold Brie.
As I write this blog, I am looking out of my office window watching a stunning cock pheasant, picking up the leftover seed from the bird feeder which I have remembered to fill up everyday this week. But for now thats all from me, I've got horses and 4 of the most charismatic chickens to put to bed. I am quite certain SHF will be delighted to see Sophie home tomorrow.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend...