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Children are grown; Flynn, Border Terrier, is unaware of Christmas; BBC Radio 4 is on as I wait to hear the news. Exciting? Not really. But hey! Who needs excitement? Christmas time is amazing. And this is the night before Christmas – Christmas Eve.
Have an excellent Christmas and a satisfying New Year.
Little shops at Christmas time are the best fun. For customers and shopkeepers.
Today I spoke with children, dogs, grown women and men. I suggested they save their money and buy nothing; I sent them to other shops for things I don’t stock; I reduced items on the spot, gave things away and rounded down totals to a nice round number. Christmas shopping in my shop is not dull!
That’s what small shops are good at. We are part of your community. Customers like small shops because they reflect the shopkeeper’s personality. They’re real.
Have a very happy Christmas. And be sure your Christmas shopping is fun.
Only Two Ingredients!
Optimism, heaped then slightly flattened
Sleep, just a pinch
Thank you for looking at my shop blog.
Let me tell you about my relationship… with coffee.
My parents had an aluminium, glass topped percolator which bubbled and boiled on their Belling electric cooker.
One summer we were going on holiday to South West Scotland. My parents were excited about a brand new drink we were taking with us. Instant Coffee. They were amazed and totally proud of their purchase. Of course, we all loved our cup of coffee. Mum boiled a pan of milk, poured it into our cups, then added sugar and the wondrous coffee powder. I was nine years old.
When I was fourteen my parents took us on holiday to the Netherlands. I tasted cups of coffee so good I couldn’t believe how wonderful it was.
From then on, while still at school, I spent what money I had on little tins of Lyon’s Ground Coffee from the supermarket.
I started work aged sixteen. Wages meant I could up my coffee game. Always in my mind was a goal: to make a cup of coffee as good as the ones I had loved in Holland.
Each month I would make a bus journey to Thomson’s in Renfield Street, Glasgow. I knew nothing about varieties or blends but I loved the smell, and the noise of the beans falling from the hopper into the grinder. My favourite was Full French Roast. I adored the dry, high pitched sound of it being dispensed.
I moved to Edinburgh where my coffee supplier was Valvona and Crolla. Preference: Continental High Roast.
You can tell I like my coffee practically burnt.
Thank you for reading my Shop Blog.
See you again soon.
I won’t be pressing you to buy anything.
I’ll tell you stories about the lovely things I have in my shop, and the people who make them.
First, enjoy some snapshots.