The highlight this week has been the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival on Saturday 22nd November. After a supreme effort making chocolate coated ice creams we sold 488 at the festival. It was a great day and a good opportunity to showcase the business and get to know some of the locals. The flow on from the festival on Sunday was very positive.
Another exciting development is our menu. After consultation with council we are now able to add some new items to the menu. We will be doing this slowly to get the kitchen functioning to deal with the extra load. So far we have added toasted sandwiches,
scones and Devonshire teas.
Still to come are muffins, fruit pies and vegetable pies.
Our products are proving very popular and we have been busy keeping up with them. The Real Strawberry Topping and Grandma’s Raspberry Topping I use on the Berry Sundaes are selling well. This is the latest batch waiting to be hand labelled.
The kitchen is looking good with a dishwasher having been added to the appliances.
We also have two new freezers which were very handy for the festival.
We now have permission to put the roof on the veranda. I am sure that will make a big difference to things as the weather warms up. The flowers around the area have taken off and are looking very colorful.
Around the property things have been slowing down a bit. We are now picking strawberries on a regular bases. The chooks have settled down and are producing 2 – 4 eggs a day. The veggie patch continues to grow with the addition of eggplant, rhubarb , potatoes and onions.
The lavender is starting to flower and makes a nice welcome for the customers
We couldn’t get the ride on mower to work and the push mower lost the two front wheels, the handle fell of and the blades were blunt! So Lester has a new toy – a brush cutter/whipper snipper. He is pleased to be able to get the grass under control around the building and garden.
We have had a few visitors over the last few weeks. Several of our friends from the Sunshine Coast have dropped in.
One couple – Lori and Graham – were here for the festival and were a great help. We have also had two volunteer helpers – one from the US and one from Scotland ( a British – Chinese lass). Nadia was a little hard to understand at first as her Glasgow accent didn’t match her appearance lol!
The weather has been mixed but still reasonably warm. This has been producing some lovely sunsets.
It cools off at night but not too much to treat our international visitors to an Aussie BBQ.
Lester is enjoying his roll as the front desk man. I sometimes wonder if we are an information center or an ice cream shop! However people really appreciate the information we are able to share with them to help them decide where they are going to next.
We have added a new frog to the family and he keeps the Pondering Frog company at the door.