Monday, 11 January 2010

The Best Service in Town


As I sat in my Crumpet England cashmere lounge wear sipping my morning tea, and contemplating another day of snow torture, there was a knock at my front door. After unlatching all the locks (I believe in security), there before me was the young man from our local butcher. I asked how I could help and he told me that as our lane is snowed in (like most of the lanes in the British Isles) it was he who could perhaps help me. I was intrigued and invited the shivering waif into the warmth of my kitchen. He explained that the owner had sent him to check on all the households down here who might need food and were finding it difficult getting up the hill. How very thoughtful, and as it happens he was right on time as my fridge was beginning to look quite bare and I had began to ponder how I was going to get more supplies for my small herd, who had told me only last night that they were fed-up with pasta and couldn’t I manage anything else.
He took my order of meat, a selection of sausages, bacon, chicken and steaks and then proceeded to tell me that he could also bring other supplies from the assortment of traders in the village. This is better service than
Ocado, and none of that annoying online ordering confusion. So I hastily wrote a list for him and took out my wallet. “No need for money madam, we will add it all to your monthly bill”. Completely marvellous, and off he went continuing his journey down the lane.
Approximately 3 hours later the small herd, who had discovered about this mornings visit when they had wafted down from their beds, and had ever since been sitting at their bedroom windows looking out for their saviour from gastronomic boredom, all came tumbling down the stairs with shouts of excitement and joy. We all ran outside and watched as the butchers van with trailer attached made its way carefully and slowly down the slippery icy road, coming to halt at our driveway.
The trailer was laden with boxes filled to the brim with goodies for many of the residents. Waif boy unloaded all our boxes and insisted on carrying them inside (with eager help from the hungry herd), and then hopped back into his van and carried on down the lane.I have never known such excitement for food, as we went through all the boxes, meats, crisps, sweets, cakes and biscuits, fruits, vegetables (fresh and frozen), milk (goats included as smallest of the herd is quite partial to goat products), cheeses, butter, yogurts, bread, iced buns, teas, soft drinks and most importantly of all on these cold nights
Gin and several bottles of tonic. No need to worry about ice either as I just break off a few icicles hanging from the bird bath, take my drink and curl up in front of the roaring fire, and let them eat cake to the little hearts content….

13 comments:

Helena Halme said...

My butcher is very good but not this good1 Must have a little chat with him! Great topical post.
Helena xx

dragondays said...

You are so, so lucky! What a great initative - just a shame that we have to be snowed in for ideas like that. Although if successful perhaps the local tradesmen will continue during the Great Flood (well, it has to happen doesn't it?).

Tights Lover said...

Wow that is great. What a great butcher!!

I'm glad to hear I have a few new teenage boys as fans!!

Lady MacB said...

It's like I've been thrown back to Victorian times! I didn't know people still did such things. I hope you and yours are enjoying the snow and that you'll be able to dig yourselves out soon!

Metropolitan Mum said...

Where do you live again? Is there a cottage available? 3 bedrooms, garden, garage would do. xx MM

LENORENEVERMORE said...

How thoughtful indeed~
Love that cashmere piece as well, perfect layering piece!
xo*

Emma Skye said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments. I really enjoyed reading your blog so I am officially a follower! Take care x

Wildernesschic said...

Great post love that cashmere..
ps have tagged you on my blogx

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I am gutted to hear about the great service you recieved, I just got a phone call from Sainsburys saying they wouldn't deliver so was stuck with spending a fortune at the local shop for essentials!

Shopaholic said...

blinkin eck... that's good service!

and thanks for the email, lovin your work! oooh exciting! x

Vodka Mom said...

oh I loved it!!!! Now pass the crumpets.

Author in the making: said...

how lovely, its so nice when people are like that :)

English Rose ♥ said...

I love hearing about your life - it sounds so blissful

thanks so much for your lovely comment, i'm so glad you enjoyed reading it as much I as I enjoyed writing it - i love your idea, i'd buy it!

Stay safe and chic darling,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

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