We are preparing and looking forward to accepting guests on the 12th April, it is exciting in that it will be just a small affair to start off with because of the rules. It seems however that not everyone is abiding by the rules as there are a lot of visitors already here in the area and it makes you wonder where they are staying! Never the less, I have been shopping this week and although at the moment we are going for our tried and tested products for the shop I am hoping that we will be able to attend some food fairs and try some new products to introduce in to the shop.
One of our really great products are Moomaid Ice Cream which is very local to us and it is great to support the Monies family. This great company has not been idle during lockdown and in the last year have opened up two new parlours, one in the little village of Zennor, near St Ives which is just down the road from their farm and where their cows graze – not so much food miles as food yards. The other is in St Just which is a great little town to visit and this is where V.Olds our butcher is locate. We haven’t been to this ice cream parlour yet despite Bridget, our niece working there last summer but we have been to Zennor. Some guests may remember them in St Ives but for the time being they have moved out of there, however they still have their little pop up shop on the way to St Ives and their parlour in Porthtowan.
Boddingtons jam is back in stock as well as their marmalade, we love this jam and think that all cream teas should have it, with its high fruit content you really can taste the difference. We had some on our fresh croissants this morning, well you have to make sure that products are still good and that their standards haven’t slipped!
Kernow chocolate is amazing and it is always difficult choosing what to stock from their enormous range, I generally only stock a couple of flavours and this year I have settled for milk and dark mint.
Buttermilk fudge, this is a difficult one too, all those lovely flavours, I dare not order too much as I will be down in the shop picking up the odd bag here and there. This year we have small bags of the assorted and we are trying some fudge bars.
We also have Furniss biscuits and lovely new honey from Bee Special, we will have meat from the local butchers some local beverages as well as the staples (Heinz baked beans, sugar, tea, coffee, cereals, etc) that you may have forgotten to bring or for those who just can’t face a supermarket.
It is a shame, that again we have missed doing an Easter Hunt for the children, we have had great fun in the past sending children off to find different objects placed around the campsite fields, it worked particularly well when children have been put into teams, it helps them make friends faster. With a reward of an egg and an activity pack each, the children are happy and the parents love watching them all run around and enjoy a moment of peace. Today would have been a great day as the sun is shining, alas it’s not to be – maybe next year!!
It will be so good to see guests again, fingers crossed that the map that Boris has set out goes to plan. Wherever you have a holiday this year, we hope that you have a good one and if you are coming to us then whether you are a loyal guest that comes back regularly or a new guest exploring the area and trying us for the first time, we will do everything we can to make it a great experience . Our focus will be on cleaning, sanitising and good ventilation as well as keeping as many activities as we can. We have the benefit from having guests here last year, who were all great and respected social distancing, etc but still managed to enjoy pizza nights and calf feeding.
Have a great time and stay safe!
Maddy, Adrian and All at Boswarthen X