I realise that this post isn't going to win me any friends, but I feel I have to share this information.
Of course by the time you get round to reading this, there will be even less time, so in the interests of accuracy, if you click on the picture you'll get an up-to-the-second reading.
If you're wondering why I'm indulging in this madness, it's because this morning I was attempting to do some strategic forward planning for the period Sept-Dec, which, of course, includes THAT word.
Each year, we take over 50% of our annual income in the pre-THAT word trading period, so waiting till October before even thinking about it would be financial suicide. If anything, I'm a tad tardy this year.
At least I'm not doing 'THAT word' planning in sub-tropical temperatures with not a cloud in the sky. Our weather of late has had more in common with November than July. Last night we experienced what can only be described as a monsoon. I don't think I've ever seen or heard such heavy rain..... it was literally coming down in sheets. Within a few minutes all of our gutters were inundated, causing a 'wall of water' effect all round the patio.
So, as I've more or less given up on our summer, embracing the festive period seems a perfectly reasonable strategy.