Saturday, November 18, 2006
Snow on the mountains but sun in the garden
After what seemed like a week of rain, today is glorious - snow on the distant mountains with crisp dry sunshine. We went to visit the French food market at Lomond Shores in Balloch and bought salami, cheese and bread for lunch. I also took the photo of Loch Lomond with The Maid of the Loch steamer and snowy mountains.
It may be fair but the ground is still far too wet to do any gardening so I am footering about making labels and pricing up stock which was delivered this morning. I would like to make everything I sell, but time and economics preclude that so I buy things in and try to alter them a bit to make them uniquely Snapdragon!
The waste that seems to escalate at Christmas distresses me and I often question what I am doing as a retailer.
I am partly addressing this this by steadily increasing the quality of the things I sell - I want them to be treasured, not regarded as disposable. For example the hanging tealight holders that I sell now are twice the price of the ones that I had last year, but they are also much much finer quality - more decorative and also less likely to break. I hope that they will be used a lot. They can be used as candle holders at Christmas on the table or hanging from twigs, they can be used for small bunches of flowers at everyone's place for a fancy dinner and they can light the way along a path on a summer evening.
The other thing that I am trying to source more of is "decorations" which have a life after Christmas. The peanut wreath is an example - I don't make the actual peanut rings, I buy them ready made, but I do make them a little bit more decorative without being garish. I think that it would look very fine hung on a rustic door and then out for the birds in January. I am dreading those "peanut allergy" conversations at fairs though.