Wednesday 18th April

Horrendous weather over the past few days. Although mild it has been really windy and worried about the Sedum on the mats but all is fine.

Have been trying to write more pages for the website but cannot get to grips with the web design program. Been at it all day! I suppose eventually I will get it. So frustrating though and at the end of the day you feel as though you have achieved nothing.

Hopefully soon I will have pictures and more on the blog to make it a bit more interesting but I am limited in my skills at the moment!

However, I have found a few pictures of our stand at the Eco show and a lovely picture of our bird house. I intend to cover the roofs of the chicken coups here on the farm. I have five in a row, they would look amazing! Roll on better weather so I can get outside again.

Some of our competitors are slashing the prices and I cannot see that they can keep up the standard. One thing we have is a very high quality product, our Sedum is superb. We make sure it is delivered quickly and efficiently and we have more than seven species in each mat. I don’t think you can get better. The only problem we ever had was when the mats were left rolled up too long once delivered. They basically went black and died. If they had been unrolled as soon as they are delivered it would have been fine. I know we are a little more expensive but our product is 100% and our service is superb with Juliet and Jim at the helm.

Jim sent me this today:

“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money – that is all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the things it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It can’t be done if you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better” John Ruskin 1819-1906

We are going to offer online buying soon which will be exciting. Setting up the pages now.

Otherwise building at the farm continues. Today we dismantled the old fireplace and found an inglenook complete with bread oven and babies shoes in the chimney…a sign of good luck!

Time to feed and walk the dogs and put the chickens to bed!

Elaine Carp, Director Sedum Green Roof.