Winter is here in the Tablelands. We've had lots of frost, but no snow as yet. I'm hoping we get snow, as it's the perfect weather for roaring fires, books, hot drinks and thick woolly socks. Of course, I don't get to do that much nowadays, but I remember. Oh yes, I remember well.
The Pie cafe is changing. We're learning all the time, tweaking our business plan, attempting to make things simpler, yet more effective. (I read an article which stated that oftentimes, business owners are efficient, but not effective). The transition we are planning is challenging, yet exciting. More on that later.
The Machinist has acquired more equipment for the workshop, as we have taken on new clients, who require a lot of manufactured items.
We have two new staff members, who are learning VERY FAST to become multi-skilled and very flexible. On any given day, they can be chopping wood for our fires as well as the Grands, loading woodchip onto our garden beds (in preparation for spring, and the weeds that it brings), helping out at the cafe in either wash-up or waiting or even - emergency barista.
My mam has been for an eye operation and it was absolutely thrilling to hear her say "Helen, I can actually see. It's like being re-born". In two weeks time, she will be visiting her sisters as well as having a reunion with three of her four sons in England. I sometimes imagine us all being together and the heart longing can be so strong, but in my 'head' I know and accept that this seldom comes to pass in the reality of life. One day, though, I would love to take my own family to the country of my birth.
The Machinist assures me "our time will come, Helen. You'll see"
For now, though, I will continue on here where I am needed most.