We’re very busy here as the Dig for Victory book is finally on our shelf. It’s all hands to the pumps, time.
When the wagon backed up the drive – and that was a brilliant bit of driving with only inches to spare on either side – we had a reception committee waiting. My neighbours came down the hill and son-in-law came over to help.
Three pallets, with 200 boxes stacked on them, were duly unloaded and then the heavy work began of getting them undercover. Being Wales the skies were darkening and as the last of them was passed indoors to safety, the heavens opened. A just in time delivery!
Now we’re living in a warehouse come packing station. The local post office stores are beginning to look a little pained when we arrive. More sacks of books and we take up the counter with the parcels to be weighed.
To get it out there and reward those who showed faith in the project I put together a fantastic introductory offer. With Suttons Seeds, we put together a selection of vegetable seeds that would have been available in the war. Subject to enemy action, of course!
On top of that I had the crop planning charts for a full plot and a half plot digitally enhanced and printed on heavy gloss paper – perfect for the garden shed wall.
You can read all the details here: Dig for Victory Book
New Book Shop Online
Before the book arrived we decided that our online ordering system was creaking at the seams and wouldn’t cope. The plan was to put a proper online shop in and run it for a few weeks to get any kinks ironed out before the new book started selling. Well we had it running for 6 hours before the tsunami of orders arrived.
Lucky for me, it’s nigh on perfect for us. A better system at the back end which saves us a lot of time and a lot easier for customers which is great. Of course, nothing is perfect. I’ve made a few mistakes with it but nothing we couldn’t fix easily enough. Quite how we managed to send out an order for 3 copies twice to Ireland is a mystery though. We hadn’t been on the potcheen, honest!
Wales Firebreak Lockdown
As of Friday, 23rd October, all of Wales is in lockdown for two weeks. For us, it makes trading more difficult but not impossible. It will slow down our order processing. Generally we coped in the first lockdown so we should be OK in this one.
We’re keeping a close eye on the situation. The current virus rates in our local area are very low but it’s scary how quickly this thing gets out of control. Regardless of rules, we all need to be careful.