Time has flown by at “The Frog”!
Since our last “Ponderings” we have had a very busy time with lots of exciting things happening. As Christmas approached we started to get busier. With the entry and car park looking so much better it encouraged little buses to stop in. We even had larger coaches of 30 stop by !
We decided to do the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival in late November. This was a great success thanks to our friends Lori and Graham who helped us out over that weekend. We sold 488 chocolate coated ice creams. It was great exposure for the business and a lot of locals now come by regularly.
At the same time we had a visit from friends Di and Peter and John and Irene from the Sunshine Coast. They helped out around the place with odd jobs and that was most appreciated. We were able to grab a rare night out in Bicheno at Sea Life Restaurant with Di and Peter
While John and Irene treated us to a feed of oysters from the Marine Farm.
Our helpers in November were Daniel and Nadia. They worked on painting the wood work around the veranda. It looks so much better now. Nadia was from Scotland and had never held a chook before so she had a ball with our “ladies”!
November also saw the introduction of a few more menu items : – toasted sandwiches, Devonshire tea and muffins.
Also a new frog for the team!
And the much awaited kitchen appliances – dishwasher and new freezer!
Outside Lester got a new toy also – a whipper Snipper.
Oh yes and yet another few frogs joined us!
A few days of heavy rain helped us see where we need to do some earth works before the new playground went in.
In early December we had family arrive. Leilani and Julien stayed for a month off and on, helping out. Leilani organised the Christmas tree for us. We put it in the area that will become a garden and water feature eventually. It was nice to have a live Christmas tree this year!
Leilani had a great time trying to master the ice cream machine lol!
While Julien was a great help outside cementing the joins in the pavers.
We also had two lots of helpers in December while Leilani and Julien were away exploring the fabulous walking trails around Tasmania.
Julien ( another one!) joined us first. He painted the wood on the underside of the roof while he was here. A mighty effort!
Di and Stephane arrived next and stayed until after Christmas. They helped both inside and out.
Stephane and our Julien took on the construction of the playground. What a feat!
The worst part was getting the soft fall spread out. Lester managed to do this on his own. Good work!
The outcome was magnificent and greatly appreciated by the children.
Sadly the chooks thought they had been given a new two story apartment building for a house and started making them selves at home lol! We had to put a fence up to keep them out. Luckily Eric dropped in for a few days and helped out erecting this.
They weren’t really happy with arrangement and soon worked out how to get over it. So we had to make it higher.
Christmas was a lot of fun! Leilani, Julien, Di, Stephane and us doing the usual feasting for the day.
However we did have one customer – we helped a coach out by opening for their regular stop around 11.30am They were very grateful as they had been to the National Park and it had been raining all day. So hot chocolate was the order of the day!
Needless to say there were a lot of new frogs as Christmas gifts!
After Christmas it was all hands helping out! Leilani got into the cooking. She was very proud of her zucchini Slice which is still very popular.
We have had heavy demand on our products and have had a few early mornings getting them made and onto the shelf.
We are pleased to be able to offer a broader range of our special recipes now and the shelves are looking good.
We had our busiest day 2nd January when all the helpers had left lol! Lester and I managed to get by rather well I thought. We had people lined up out the door from 11am until 4.30pm just rolling in and out.
Our outside area was a great bonus for people to enjoy their ice creams.
The car park was full, as well, for a good part of most days.
Our frog information has attracted a lot of interest especially from the children.
January has been steady each day. We have been selling cherries, apricots and peaches from a farm down the road. Bagging and sorting has become a regular job for our helpers!
Susanne joined us for a few weeks first.
She was a great help in the kitchen and a quick learner so was able to help keep things flowing when we got busy.
Barbara was the next to join us for a few weeks.
We have become a regular stop for cyclists. One day we had a visit from a group of 22 riders and their support team.
We have added curried veggie pies to our menu and they are proving very popular.
Lester has had a few good additions to the farm side of things. His ride on mower arrived just before Christmas and the tractor a couple of weeks after. Although we are still waiting for all the implements to come for the tractor so he can get on with developing the farm.
The end of January is just about here. The weather has been a little unkind for the last couple of days with cold and rain however we are still getting a steady flow of visitors and look forward to a fine start to February.