Last week we packed up the car and headed down to the Welsh/English border for a week working with our distributor there.
Last month just me and Him Indoors went down, but this time we took some reinforcements in the form of Billie and Tony. Our mission was to supervise the movement of our "deep stock" into our UK distribution partner, Forte's, new space. We drove down on Sunday so we'd be able to get an early start Monday morning.
We stayed in Clearwell, right on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Clearwell didn't even have a corner shop, it was that small! We ventured into the nearest town, Coleford, for a look around on Sunday and saw this lovely old shop, completely caught in a time warp. Check out the great advertising signs for Players, Star and Capstan.
We ate a lot of lovely food. Mostly cheese.
Forte's new warehouse is in this tiny little industrial park located in a gorgeous valley, next to a deer park. It's unbelievably beautiful.
Billie was really excited about going for country walks.
Billie got treated to sausages (not just one! two!) for breakfast one morning by the lovely Elaine at The Wyndham Arms.
It was a really tough week of work and we ended up having to stay a day later than we meant to, but we got so much done. With the help of everyone at Forte we ingested 32 pallets of stock in four days. Something like a miracle, really. On the way home we stopped off to pick up some goodies from Trealy Farm, which you can read about over on The Gannet.