I think it has pissed with rain every day this week. Depressing. But for us at least there was a silver lining. We found out that there was a leak in the roof of our unit. Now, that may not sound much like a good thing to you, but far better to find out now than when we’ve installed all our kit, and if the rest of the roof can hold up to weather this shitty, then the structure must be sound. You’ve got to take the positives where you can get them, people.
Anyway, our landlord is going to sort out the leak along with a few other snags, which has left me more time to spend money. I know I’m not playing with the kinds of budgets necessary to set up even a modest restaurant or cafe, but if there was a gold medal for spending cash at the Olympics later this year, I feel like I could be in the running.
I took my one man Supermarket Sweep on the road to Ikea and Homebase, stopping only for meatballs and asking confused staff if they stocked brooms with softer bristles and wider heads (they didn’t), and then battered my plastic on line with Nisbets. Finally, I bought a walk in fridge. Anyway, after a couple of cock ups and battling with unhelpful call centre staff, I think I’ve managed to orchestrate all of our kit to arrive the week after next to coincide with the required plumbing and electrical work. I’m sure it’ll all work out smoothly, right?
I’ve also been doing some work on the layout of the bakery, trying to sort out how the flow of the place will pan out during a working day. Again it’s one of those things that I’ll only find out whether its right or not once I’m in there baking, but I think it’s in a pretty good place.
We also got some excellent ink stamps made (see above) which are going to save us a bunch of cash on printing etc. A few people on twitter have asked where we got them, and the answer is the rather excellently named Blade Rubber. Great, efficient service. I would highly recommend them.
Finally, we decided to take next week off and go down to Cornwall. I think we’ve realised that it’s probably our last chance to have a bit of a break before it all kicks off in earnest. The calm before the storm, if you will. I just hope the weather down there is a bit brighter than it is here.
Until next time…