20 December Farmers market and arrivals

A bit of a dull start to the day. One cleaner up to do some last minute cleaning and while she was hard at work we popped down to the Farmers Market. As it was the last one before Xmas it was busier than usual although it is busier in the summer. By the time we finished it had started to drizzle. We walked into town to pick up some bits including my wedding ring which has been stretched to fit better. Back for a coffee and after the cleaner left I did the final check on the four cottages due to arrive in the afternoon. Chris checked and sharpened knives, put in wine, mince pie and sweets. Ready by lunchtime after which Fay arrived. In the next few days we are getting the 2009 brochures ready to send out to previous guests. We aim to send them out between Xmas and New year and this year there are just over 600 to send out. We have already drafted the letter and after a final check Chris stared the print run. Fay spent a few hours folding and inserting price lists into the brochures. Chris also printed off about half of the envelopes while I made a list of envelopes I would need to remove to send out separately for various reasons. First guests arrived just before 3pm. They were amongst the last of the guests of the previous owners and the first time they have been here since we arrived. The second guests arrived shortly afterwards. This is their fourth visit. The third cottages arrived about 4pm for their first visit here. The final cottage arrived about 5pm. They have been here before as B&B guests but first time as cottage guests. We had been invited down to the farm for supper which was nice at the end of a busy day and Joanna put on a good spread for us. Although we didn’t see it Tom Chambers, the local lad from Parwich, won the Strictly Come Dancing final.