I've missed blogging.
Then again - I've missed a lot of things.
No matter. This is a new chapter for all of us. I have to smile at the sheer variety and fullness life has to offer. On any particular day I could be doing the washing, making business calls, typing out quotes for the Machinist, grocery shopping with the Grands, cleaning commercial equipment, MAKING AND BAKING PIES, working at the local winery, ordering or picking up food for the cafe, mindlessly checking Facebook, holding metal sheets in place with the Machinist, sweeping and mopping the shop's kitchen floor, having a photo shoot at the Shop, dropping off marketing cards...The list goes on.
All of our children are hands on deck today. The Machinist and Son are doing the final touches to the cafe tables, as well as 'knocking up' some more pie tins and customising the baker's rack. The girls will be up at the cafe, unwrapping packets and boxes of coffee, sugar and tea, as well as arranging 'their' counter space. They'll also be doing the last of the painting; the toilets. We are using a deep purple colour called "Double Bass" by Dulux (same as the rear wall behind the counter).
We're all full of aches and pains. This is back-breaking work! The Machinist's leg / ankle is still troubling him. I suspect he has broken a bone, but I'm no doctor. I've booked him in to see our doctor AFTER the opening. Emma has fallen arches, so she is hobbling around, too - also putting her treatment off for 'later'. I think for all of us, though, the sheer strain of constantly lifting, carrying and moving is taking it's toll. Not to mention the long hours and late nights. Won't it be lovely when we're open and life is routine? Maybe a lot of work still, but nevertheless - routine.
I hope to update the pie blog soon, with pictures of pies, the kitchen and cafe, along with media releases. I'm hoping that on Tuesday of next week, we can mainly clean and titifilate the place up. Now that will be exciting...