May 2014

Dusty bluebells

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We have had some lovely sunny May days and have enjoyed seeing the bluebells in the woods behind the coffee shop on our walks after work. The National Park has produced a downloadable guide for the walk from Grosmont to Beck Hole which passes through the woodland with all the bluebells. We will be keeping copies - of the guide, not the bluebells - in the coffee shop for visitors. Apparently, half of all the bluebells in the world grow in Britain. I can well believe it.

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We were successful in bidding for some pre-war ‘O’ gauge model railway rolling stock in the local auction last week. We already have one train of this kind on display in the coffee shop and it gets lots of attention from visitors. The new additions will be popular too, no doubt.

Trade has been good this week, a little up on last year at this time. Often though, we seem empty, as the majority of our customers prefer, understandably, to sit outside in the playground enjoying the sun and watching the trains puff by. It’s curious how some days turn out to be ‘coffee’ days and others ‘tea’; scones one day and chocolate cake the next. We’re getting better at judging quantities and avoiding running out.

Some Finnish visitors were in this week and enjoyed seeing the Visit Finland poster we have on the wall as a memento of our Baltic trip. I wonder what is the Finnish equivalent of Grosmont - we didn’t venture beyond Helsinki on our trip.