We are now entering the silly season, when we turn our attention towards things other than our ordinary, everyday con- cerns. It’s almost time for the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. It’s almost time for Christmas, which may not be the most important Christian festival, but it is probably the most fun. And it is almost time for the end of one year and the beginning of the next.
We have decided to put our Christmas greetings out now before people start to drift away, either physically to their holiday destinations, or just drift away in an abstract sense as attentions wander to things less worldly.
To make the most of this time of the year, we need to strip the stress our. So, we hope that you can relax and enjoy time with those closest to you.
We hope to downshift a gear at the end of the year and so, as usual, we will not be packing boxes for the last week of the year—from Christmas Day to 31 December. If you would like an extra box in the preceding week, please tell us. If you are not ordering a replacement box then you subscription fee will be reduced by one box.
It is a time for counting our blessings—and in this part of the world we have many. Looking out your window I can see that we are blessed with the beauty of our natural surroundings; a wonderful climate that allows us to grow food all your round, and the space and time to enjoy all the above. Our problems are perhaps caused more by an abundance of blessings than anything else. So, as we become more philosophical over this season, it may be useful for us to consider how best to use the abundance that we have, rather than to wish for more.