Hello there, hopefully everyone is now starting to feel like spring and better weather is just around the corner? The Clever Badgers made the most of those few days of glorious sunshine that we had to get out and about with the dogs and even do a bit of gardening. Getting the garden into some sort of order is always satisfying (even if it only a temporary thing until the weeds appear again!). Spring is also a busy time on the farm with calves being born. This is Bernie, the first of this years Belted Galloway calves, about half an hour old here. We’ve turned some out today as well, I love doing that, they take off onto the field like it’s the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to them but they soon settle down and start the serious business of eating!
We’ve also been on the road at some markets over the last couple of months, mainly my local Artisan market in Ashbourne. Its held on the second Sunday of each month and its been great to meet people and get feedback on some products. We can’t take everything we stock to these but we try to take a selection of gifts to cover male and female tastes and its fascinating to see what attracts attention. We’re looking forward to some more country shows over the coming months – we’ll be at the Lichfield festival market on 7th July, Ashby agricultural show on the 15th July, Nantwich on 25th July and Ashbourne show on 18th August. Agricultural shows are such a great day out, we’ll each take time out from manning the stall to have a look around and support fellow traders! We’ve invested in a pop up gazebo (with sides because we’ve learnt the hard way that the slightest wind coming across a market place can cause havoc with a carefully laid out display and can also chill you to the bone!). People have told us that running a small business makes you learn all sorts of skills but I’m not sure how long putting up the gazebo without swearing will take to master!
We’ve also attended the [trade show] and have some new products in stock which we’re really excited about. One of our new suppliers is the uber talented award winning British watercolour artist, Meg Hawkins. Meg works from a stunning rural studio in the Shropshire Hills and manages to capture the movement and energy of the animals and flowers that she paints. One of our favourites is this card featuring a Valais black nosed sheep. The history of this breed dates back as far as the 15th century and they’re so beautiful.
We’ve also gone a little bit quirky with some new prints from Adam Bardsley – life is too short not to have prints around that make you smile and this quizzical frog made us both grin when we saw him!
Our ethos at Clever Badger is about making gift buying easier and we are thinking of launching a gift wrapping service soon, you’ll be able to order a present, have it wrapped and we’ll even send it directly to the recipient with a gift label stating who the gift giver is, if you let us know at check out. What do you think? Would this be a service that you’d use?
Next month I’ll be giving you the Clever Badger top ten fathers day gifts for under £15 each. Its on 18th June so plenty of time to get organised. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to bank holiday weekend and we hope everyone has a relaxing, fun filled time,
Helen & Sue