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Sorry Moira, tax is sometimes taxing ..

Posted on 23 January, 2011 at 13:16 Comments comments (388)
It's that time of year again, when I wonder what made me give up being a full-time employee 12 years ago, and miss those halcyon days when I never had to worry about filling in tax returns because there was a whole payroll department taking care of it. 
Felt a bit pleased with myself for actually logging on and starting the self assessment before the 30th Jan for a change, but it was shortlived when I realised I haven't a clue where our P60s are, and even though our bank interest was probably no more than a tenner I can't find proof of it anywhere.  Next year it will be different... so it's off to the stationery shop to buy a load of new files to motivate me into sorting out the huge pile of paper in the black hole that is our spare bedroom. See you the other side of the 31st Jan!

Spring on it's way? ..

Posted on 18 January, 2011 at 9:14 Comments comments (165)
So we're back from the spa, and have put our newly pummeled and toned (!) bodies into good use by having a big move around in the shop.  Which unveiled a lot of spring cleaning to do too :O  (Cobwebs the size of small hammocks.. and whoever thought dried hops along the tops of shelves were a good idea clearly wasn't someone who'd ever had to move them from one place to another.)  But it all looks very nice now, and has given us a lot more space for all the stock that should be arriving over the next few weeks - more cards, books, fruit wines, new local beers and spring-inspired gifts.  And no more crawling around sticky floors to get at electric sockets. It's like Christmas every day in the TP lol.

Happy New Us!

Posted on 13 January, 2011 at 10:37 Comments comments (0)
Spot the salt-scrubbed, manicured and glowing members of staff in the shop when some of us return from a spa break next week!  Taking advantage of the quiet month to get some post-Christmas r & r, maybe it will prompt us into losing a few chocolate-induced pounds too.  There's too much to tempt us around here - double chocolate brandy liqueur (which tastes fab when sloshed into a mug of coffee!), rich, spicy red wines and fresh, bubbly proseccos, cavas and award-winning Kentish fizz too.  See you next week!


Posted on 10 January, 2011 at 17:16 Comments comments (0)
Ouch.  It seems 20% off the jewellery wasn't enough for a passing scallywag last night, as they decided to smash through the glass doors and nick all the jewellery stock plus some silk handbags to tote it all away in (hmm, obviously a better class of burgler - not the usual choice of swag-bag), as well as the charity box, the till and what float was in it.  The butchers were targeted too - watch out for scallies trying to flog cheap meat in the Faversham area!! So glass everywhere, cold winds whistling through the hole in the door, insurance company trying it's hardest to wriggle out of any liability.  The landlords and the police have been helpful, but not the best Monday morning we've ever had.  Oh well, things can only get better!

A Happy New Year from all of us at TTP

Posted on 9 January, 2011 at 13:10 Comments comments (100)
So 2011 is here already and I'd barely got used to writing 2010 on the cheques!  Hope you all had a brilliant Christmas, white or not.  The snow that came down thick and even a week before in East Kent had just about gone by the 25th, all that was left was a mucky, gritty pile in the car park.  The 25th dawned foggy and damp, but the sun shone so brightly on the 26th that the Tiddly Pomme dog celebrated his fourth birthday with a Boxing Day dip in the sea.
So back to work and earth with a bump.  To celebrate the new year we have taken 20% off all our jewellery (we've got some beautiful freshwater pearl & crystal necklaces and bracelets at the moment) plus all our candle stock.  The Christmassy ones will last until next year, and the others are great to 'detox' the house with after all that orange and spice!  And talking de-tox, why not start as you mean to go on with our pure, pressed Brogdale apple juices - ranging from sweet to sharp there's something for everyone.
We're also having a bit of a move-around, to make way for lots more bargain book stock and some fab new cards.  And no VAT-related increases for us - we're holding prices for as long as we can, at least until March!
Happy New Year!

Crack out the egg nog

Posted on 2 December, 2010 at 11:24 Comments comments (94)
Christmas - Bing Crosby style - seems to have arrived three weeks early.  Gave up trying to get in to the shop today, apologies if anyone with an emergency requirement for cider or some Christmas shopping braved the drifts down Brogdale Road only to find we'd wimped out!  So walked the dog the length of Tankerton promenade instead, dodging the sledges and teenagers on tin trays hurtling down the slopes between the beach huts at 40 mph to land in an icy heap on the beach.  Then spent 2 hours 43 minutes watching '2012', a bit far-fetched but put 13cm of snow into perspective. 
Oh well, just time to put the kettle on and make a peanut butter sandwich before coming over all virtuous and starting the November accounts.  Stay warm and hope to see you all on Sunday when you come to watch (and join in with) the Boughton Monchelsea Morris Dancers, have a cup of mulled cider, take the kids on the train to see Santa at his grotto in the orchards, and pick up your Christmas tree (Kent-grown ones - fair trade all the way!).

Dorset Ginger

Posted on 29 November, 2010 at 18:12 Comments comments (0)
We've got a few bottles but will probably be ordering more between now and Christmas, how many (cases of 12??? lol) do you want? x

Christmas is a-coming

Posted on 28 November, 2010 at 13:25 Comments comments (143)
Christmas is a-coming...  and we've got LOADS to tempt you at the TP!
Best-selling prezzies so far are our leather doorstops (bunny, elephant and tortoise, they're FAB), bags-o-beer (or cider... or a mixture of both), any three of our 500ml local ales or ciders in a handy jute bag for a tenner, the gorgeous cream liqueurs from Lyme Bay (double chocolate, brandy and butterscotch, and ginger cream. Yummmmm), and our new 'welcome birds', motion-detecting birdies that sit on your porch and sing to anyone coming to your door (the cats love 'em). 
We keep running out of Kentish fizz - apologies! - big order in now. Thought I'd got enough, but had underestimated how thirsty for this stuff our customers are.  Knocks a lot of European fizz into a cocked hat and at half the price, plus a nice warm glow from buying local. We're so well-served for quality wines in Kent!
PS our sister company Grow at Brogdale has just taken delivery of their quality Kent grown Christmas trees.  And check out our events page for details of our Festive Sundays in December with Boughton Monchelsea Morris on the afternoon of the 5th, and carol singing on the 12th!