Jonathan: After Las Portugesas, another couple called in for eggs and ‘do you have lamb for sale this year? Aha – a customer from last year: I explained that as I was away for most of 2010 there was no tupping that year and so no lambs to ‘go to Lochmaddy’ in winter 2011-2012 and so no lamb to sell in 2012. A pity – it was the best lamb we’ve ever tasted. Perhaps, after al, we are doing something well, something worthwhile?
Denise: Over the last few days I’ve been busy turning a bumper crop of citrus fruits harvested from the bargains shelves at the co-op into marmalades. Sweet orange, Dark Muscovado, Lemon and Lime. About 70 jars ready for sale during 2012, and some for ourselves as well. Starting with our this morning’s coffee and toast. Marmalade-stripes on toast: sharp, sophisticated and sweet.
Jonathan: Sales of garden produce – sales generally – plummeted at the end of August: it was if Calmac had simply cancelled all sailings from Oban until further notice – there’s scarcely been any visitors on the island since the beginning of September. And those that come aren’t for spending much. Campervanners are renown for bringing half the shelves of their home-town supermarkets with them and scarce a penny here; but this year it’s others too. A young couple declined the offer of juicy sweet freshly picked tomatoes because they’d brought their own home-grown with them – picked a fortnight earlier in the south of France! A regular guest at our Askernish cottage brought the essentials with her – from her local supermarket at home in Canada! Mind you that’s a different matter altogether: when I think of my morning ritual of fresh roast coffee and toast, I think I’d do the same. Too important to leave it to chance!