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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Time to move on

I've popped back here to this blog a few times over the past week, just to look at the pictures of my Dad again, and I've been loathe to write another post and so consign him down the page, but now it's time to move on.
Friday night - today was supposed to be a day of catching up with accounts, but I hit an obstacle early on ( I'm never going to get to grips with this money business, and accounting for it), so I had to make an emergency call to my accountant - which means more money : 0( - and I've got to wait until Tuesday before she can sort things out for me. It's all thanks to this stupid VAT increase.
So the best laid plans... I never feel I can start the business year properly until the accounts have been updated, the bills paid and everything is shipshape.
The other major job this week has been our new website. It's going to be a big 'un with every single product we produce carefully documented, as well as every separate colourway and text choice. It's taking FOREVER to upload all the information, and I tend to work on it each night once the house is quiet - so guess what I should be doing right now!
But the big push is on now as it's being launched at the Trade Fair in Glasgow next weekend. (I hope).
It will only be available to trade buyers, but don't despair if you are not one of those - there is nothing on it that our main website doesn't already have.
Other news this week, Barbara and I had our postponed staff Christmas lunch on Thursday. The snow put paid to the original date, but I have to say I probably appreciated it more in January. We went to the Upper Largo Hotel just along the road and had a really nice meal - they do do a good lunch!
We've also had someone along to measure up and quote for replacement windows. As ours is an old cottage, we want the original windows relpaced with exact copies, rather than modern ones. So that means a LOT more money. It's a complicated job making sash windows, but I'm sure it'll be worth it.

This is a pic from last Christmas, but it shows one of the living room windows. What you can't see from the photo is the state the windows are in ( actually this one is one of the better ones). They rattle in the slightest wind and the wood is pretty rotten in some of them.
So a big expensive job, but it will be great when it's all done. Then it's the bathroom next and let's see, maybe the kitchen and last but not least a porch/utility room. Dream on.
It's been relatively mild today - and quite sunny. Bob took time off to go for a long 15 mile walk along the coastal path, and I was able to spend time out in the workshop giving it a spruce up, without needing my thermals.
Kind of hints that this
might not be quite so far away.
Ahh... breakfast in the garden....

1 comment:

  1. I love your tender post with the realities of your world. Your talent is worth the time and passion you put into it. All the best to you in 2011, new directions, well at least new windows ... hopefully ...



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