Today has been sunny and bright, but the icy wind as been as sharp as the thorns on the blackberry bush.
Consequently, my walk with the dog this morning was brisk, apart from careful negotiation over this sleeper that forms a bridge across a ditch but looks as though it will give way at any moment. In fact, the dog turned home before me and headed straight for a sunny patch behind a glass door where he dozed all morning.
On a day like today, I’ve noticed that the farm office suddenly appears a popular place to be for everyone, rather than working outside in the cold. Apparently, there’s a lot of planning and organisation to do for the year ahead.
We’ve been planning and organising in The Barley Barn too as it’s reverted back to a printmaking space after its spell as a glittering Christmas Barn. Luckily there weren’t too many unsold decorations to pack away and store for next Christmas; it’s a difficult balance making sure that we don’t sell out too early but still maintain a reasonable display until the end.
In January, when everything’s packed away and we start to plan for the next Christmas, there are always debates about why some things sell out as soon as we put them on the shelf while others take a couple of years for people to notice. And why people are so obsessed with unicorns. And are dinosaurs really going to be a major trend for Christmas 2019? And pigs?
Yep, we’ve already started to visit the trade shows to buy Christmas decorations for this year and can safely report that dinosaur and pig decorations are going to appear.