Sadly, yes, it is approaching like a steam train, and November for us is the month where we process like mad to get everything organised and ready for sending out for Christmas. I have to admit that it does seem that Christmas markets, advertising etc all seems to be creeping earlier and earlier into the year – this does kind of grate the wrong way for me – it does cause an inner conflict at times – but then this is our busiest time of year with the meat processing, so we have to join in with the rest of them.
Having said all the above, we are very proud of what we produce for the Christmas markets, and there is a great sense of contentment knowing that something you have produced is being enjoyed by many families during the festive season. I shall share a sneak preview, and when you’re ready to start thinking about ordering your Christmas Fayre, perhaps you’ll go and have a proper look at the goodies we are creating at the Skye Food Company website.
Today we’ve been making sausages and bacon, tomorrow is mutton ham and mutton roasts, next week is highland beef, and thereafter venison, free range chickens and free range turkeys. We’ve got markets to attend for the next three weekends – the one which we enjoy most is the Victorian Market at Brodie Castle, which this year is on the 28th and 29th November. We get all dressed up in Victorian garb and sell our wares in a stunning Victorian Kitchen in the castle. Jess and Tristan get in on the act too, selling their Christmas Cards, and spending quite a lot of time loitering next to the Chocolate Bothy stall!
In other news, my Dad survived the weather and living with the Jacksons for 3 weeks, and has now gone back to Australia, where the weather is quite a bit kinder than it is here just now! It was great having Dad to visit, and he helped hold the fort together with remarkable calm and demure! We all went over to Applecross last Sunday for a last day out before he left, and we caught up with Heather and Andy and the kids. It was a stunning day, and so good to catch up with our Applecross friends. We visited Monty’s bothy, which sadly is still looking a bit lost and neglected – I do wish someone could take it on and bring it back to life.
YES I KNOW – It’s the wrong way around……I promise it is my computer!!! When I look at it on my computer it is most definitely the right way round….somewhere in the ether between my computer and this page it has rotated itself……what can I say….heads to the left!! Misty is quite a lot bigger now….she’s just 11 months, and just seems to keep on growing!
Well, off to print labels now, sausages! We’ll emerge somewhere 6 weeks hence wondering where the time has gone….is it Christmas already??!!!