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Loddon Reach Magazine Articles
At last, March has arrived and the birds are telling us spring is on its way – the robins have decided they no longer wish to take up residence in the church. I have two theories about this. Either they are too busy filling themselves up on all the huge amounts of suet pellets we have sold in the past month to the local villagers or it was just too noisy during the time in which we were having the church floor renovated.
I am sure you will agree it looks really beautiful and, as our churchwarden commented, “it makes the church look loved.” Love it, we certainly do.
As soon as spring arrives then so too do all the lovely plants and flowers from our friends at Thrive. We currently have some most unusual rosebud primroses – the flowers look like frilly little rosebuds and, at £1.50 a plant, they are perfect for brightening up your pots and beds. My favourite springtime pastime is to fill various different vintage dishes and containers with bulbs and plants to have around the house. The trouble is, when it comes to cooking for friends, I find all my containers filled with bulbs!
Someone else who should now have a spring in her step is Jude. She finally had her knee operation and should, by the time this is printed, be back to sprinting down the aisle with a tray of cappuccinos.
We recently had one of our volunteers pop in with her grandchildren to the tearoom and request an option for the children’s tea that wasn’t on the menu. As we had baked beans on the shelf, we thought ‘well why not?’ We were then asked for a sausage sandwich by another customer and again, as we had them in stock, we said ‘well let’s try and see if our grill will cook a mean sausage.’ It is great when this happens because it fuels us into thinking of new and different options. So, following a discussion, I think Jude and I have agreed we would like to develop a new children’s menu for the tearoom and maybe sausage sandwiches will find themselves on the menu too.
I have a guilty secret I feel I need to share! This week, some Tillys Treat chocolate bars were put on display for Valentine’s Day and sadly they were a bit too close to the radiator causing them to melt. We popped them into the fridge but they were unsaleable. One was given to the lucky volunteer working that day but I also felt I had to help remove the evidence and swiftly tucked into a whole large salted caramel bar! I am now totally hooked, they are gorgeous. If you have not tried these chocolates, do so at your own peril, and if you need any ideas for a little gift or pick-me-up for a friend, these are a must!
Sam and Jude, Shop Managers