Direct Fruit Supplies(Leeds) Ltd, the next instalment

Well, I learned something new today about the UK’s insolvency laws. On Friday, a good proportion of the Amazon rain forest arrived in the form of two set of documents from some solicitors about our friends Direct Fruit Supplies (Leeds) Ltd. From my brief skim read of these documents, it would appear that the Creditor Voluntary Arrangement has failed and …

Pneumonia 2

Yup, I still have pneumonia and realise this is going to take some time to get over.  I overdid it yesterday which rather scared me last night as my breathing was very laboured and I didn’t get any kip til gone 4am.  In my defence, it is really hard to know what you can do and how much you can do if you are …

Pneumonia….service will be resumed shortly

It’s official.  I have pneumonia.  I have not felt well for some time, in particular the last 2 weeks since I have had a hacking but non productive cough, worthy of a very large tusked walrus sitting on an ice flow in the Arctic, a blinding headache that splits my head in two horizontally and is excruciating every time the …

Our BRC Audit – still a Grade A

Yesterday, we were audited by Philip Knight of Knight International.  And here is a picture of Philip, complete with beard snood in our little dairy.  It was nice to see him again and we caught up on industry news and gossip. The good news is that we survived the new BRC Issue 6 with only two minor non conformances, both …

A Mad Waxing Day

I felt very guilty today as I was not able to help Stu with some mad waxing.  Lydia has a day off and I was nose buried in last minute BRC ‘stuff’. Then we had our annual EHO visit, which to my shame and embarassment I had completely forgotten about….ooops!  It went fine, we see our EHO, Steve, as a …

Final Sheep Make of the Year

We made our last batch of sheep cheese last Thursday so it is batch E12: 12th of April.  Now we need to find a resting place for it to gently mature for the next twelve months or so. It is not just a big job making the cheese, but also taking it out of the press, and today there were …

Weird Things People Say in the Little Cheese Shop, Hawes

Here are two for today: Australian woman: ‘what’s the difference between cow, goat and sheep cheese?’ Me, trying hard, and succeeding, not to sigh deeply: ‘well, apart from coming from different animals and having different flavours, there’s a difference in the fat content, goat being the lowest, cow in the middle and sheep having the most fat per 100g.’ AW: …

Tomorrow is our Last Sheep Make of 2012

Today is the last time in 2012 we will see Andrew, our faithful sheep milk delivery driver, from SMUK.  And tomorrow is our last sheep make of the year, although we should never say never, if it looks like we are running low, we may ask Simon who runs SMUK very, very nicely if we may have some more. We …

Tidying Up before Lydia’s Return

It’s been quite a busy couple of weeks whilst Lydia has been away on holiday in Portugal.  Stu has been cheese making, I have been doing the shop and orders.  We’ve been waxing too and I have been working hard on our BRC audit which was due today. Unfortunately, our audit has been postponed due to auditor illness, so whilst …

Anita and Family Visit from Somerset Cheese

What a welcome surprise!  A large black car circled around us yesterday evening and I wondered if I should ask if I could help.  Then out popped the occupants, Anita, her husband Nick and their two children Adam and Hannah from Somerset Cheese. What a surprise!  I recognised the voice, but actually meeting Anita was great as we had got to know …