What a month…

Apologies for the lack of posts – it’s been a pretty hectic and stressful month.

Firstly, and most importantly, my Mum had a stroke a few weeks ago. Thankfully it was mild, but then she had another one – again, mild thankfully – during a ‘simple 30 minute’ procedure that turned into a 5-hour operation under a local anaesthetic. She was ‘due home’ every day for weeks, but she’s now finally home and on the mend. But obviously it’s been stressful for everyone. Thankfully she hasn’t suffered any major paralyses and the operation she has had should help prevent further strokes – we should all be thankful it wasn’t much worse.

On top of that I’ve moved house. Last year I took over my ex’s villa on a month-by-month basis at a reduced rate when she moved to her new house, on the basis that if the agents found a long-term renter at the full price, I’d leave with a month’s notice. Good while it lasted 😉 But obviously they found someone in the end.

Even though I had a month to find somewhere, I stuck to my usual lastminute.john nickname and didn’t find a new house until the Monday before I had to leave on the Thursday! It’s a great villa though, I’m really happy with it and it’s even cheaper at the full-price than the reduced rate I was paying on the last place.

The only downside is it doesn’t have a pool – the first time I’ve not had a pool in Spain – but I’m sure I’ll live (#firstworldproblem). I’m a ‘fair-weather’ swimmer anyway so I only use it a few months a year at best.

The new house is 700 metres away from the old house as the crow flies! So not much has changed other than I am aching all over from moving.

I’ve also been busy doing ‘new house’ stuff including restoring some old furniture – I’ll blog about that again soon.

Work-wise though I’ve been on a bit of a ‘holiday’ (perhaps ‘maintenance mode’ is a better way to put it – just doing the basics) but, sticking with the swimming pool theme, I jumped in at the deep-end today.

We now have a fantastic alcohol-free craft wheat beer at The Alcohol-Free Shop called Arcobräu. We also have Erdinger, which has been in the UK for some years. We’re convinced Arcobräu is a much better beer but we need to get people to know that.

So, thinking cap well and tightly screwed on… and this morning I had the idea to put them up against each other in a head-to-head fight.

We’ve created a mixed case, 12 bottles of each, and set it up as a boxing fight. We’re even including a score card for up-to 3 judges to use to rate the beers. And there’s an online survey customers can complete to give us their scores and their winner, and also enter a competition to win a case of their favourite.

The whole thing was conceived, produced and made live in a few hours today. I’m really happy with it. I’ve done more work today than I have for … well… 😉

If you like alcohol-free wheat beers, why not give the Big Fight a go?

And I promise I’ll blog sooner next time! Just try and stop me telling you about my furniture repairs… 😉

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