Friday, 14 August 2015

Where did Summer go....!!

Something to brighten your day, another dull and rainy day today - although on the bright side its not cold. A few home grown flowers from our flower beds. I can't believe we are in August and so far the Summer weather has very disappointing. For the last 5 Mondays when we have been off and had our Family days out it has rained.....its quite a challenge entertaining 4 children from the age of 17 to 11 and keeping everyone happy. However we have had some great days out despite the weather.

Life here in the centre has been pretty hectic, balancing our daily jobs with finding new stock for the gift shop and antiques along with keeping an eye on  Edenshine, menus and baking...... I have to say we have fantastic staff that all do an amazing job, we are here really to back them up and work as a team.

Our menus in Edenshine change every 3 weeks allowing us to keep it seasonal and very fresh. We belong to the Clwydian Range Food trail - this means we use local produce whenever possible , supporting our local economy and producers. In return we get to use some fantastic produce and create very seasonal menus. When writing the menus we really try hard to ensure we use the best local ingredients and offer a mix of traditional dishes with a few more contemporary flavours.

Steak & Ale Pie  made with local beef, cooked gently in Hafod Ale with chunky carrots, onions & mushrooms. Served in our deep - short crust pastry
Salt baked Beetroot from Mostyn Walled Gardens, served with deep fried goats cheese, local leaves and walnuts. Finished with honey & mustard dressing
Banana Split , made with locally made Chilly cow Ice cream , perfect for anytime of the day, as we found out last week when someone enjoyed one for breakfast!! Whatever the time it's still yummy.. 

Summer time equals time for Pimms and long chats with friends with lazy afternoons.
I think we now need to make the best of the last bit of Summer we have with positive thinking all the way. Make the best of the dry days, go for long walks, go out and meet friends and family, sample good food and the simple things in life. Make memories that can be treasured forever.
With a positive note I will be back blogging now on a regular bases, maybe post a few recipes and tips for cooking - show you what's going on in the centre - who's coming in with crafts and who's been. Maybe what new stock is arriving both in the shop and in the Antiques, vintage dept. Until my next blog, and please feel free to reply - I will do my best to reply .
Best Wishes, Janet, Adrian and team xx  

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