Each year I write a reflection on the year to come. 2 years ago my self reflection for the year was full of depression and disappointment. Last year I was laughing in the face of disaster. This year I am optimistic, despite the pressure, to make this business work in a monetary sense within a relatively short space of time. I don't have the luxury of time anymore, for the sake of the impending bairn. It probably seems weird that I say it currently isn't supporting me personally but the realities of business running means that often any profit is skimmed off and pumped back into the company, never reaching my pockets.
Late summer signifies a shift from the hedonistic high spirits of endlessly long hours of sunshine, to a more focused and productive time of year. Although most of us have long lost the intrinsic link between our food production and survival, back along this would be a time of harvesting, pickling, and preserving the glut of summer and stockpiling and secreting it away in dark larders and kitchen corners, thereby securing our safe passage through the cold and barren winter months.