Phew! It’s now been just over a month since we took over Hilltop, and what a month it’s been! Here I’ll give you a glimpse into the lives of two townies who decided (not without a lot of thought, by the way) to become Essex country folk, a little bit about our backgrounds, and what we hope the future holds for us here.
To start with Simon, his background has been largely in IT (yes, he designed our website – although the logo is my creation, I’ll have you know). As the years passed I suppose you could say his enthusiasm for such a fast-paced environment began to wane. The turning point came with the arrival of our son Jasper in January 2013.
I, by contrast, had been a domestic goddess for about 3 years, wafting around baking delicious cakes and cooking Michelin-star standard food (not really…scrambled eggs, anyone?) and being ‘mother’ to our two dogs, Rufus and Basil (really). I already had some animal-related work experience in a kennels and in a country park, but have also worked in an administrative capacity in office environments. Like I say, our son’s arrival brought up a lot of questions about our then current lifestyle; for example, are we happy with our current roles? Are we healthy and happy? Why on earth does his nappy need changing so much?! etc. After examining our situation we realised we were in the very fortunate position of being able to consider a complete change of lifestyle, to do what we’d always talked about. We knew a kennels and cattery business would be ideal for us; the perfect mix of work and play. Not to mention a lovely way in which to raise our son. Once we’d decided to go for it, things moved pretty quickly after that. Viewings took place of several businesses, the last of which was Hilltop. Something about Hilltop was immediately attractive to us; aside from the 7 acre plot and beautiful surroundings, we were impressed with the way it was run and it mirrored the way in which we would like to do it ourselves. Hilltop has an impeccable reputation in this area with some very loyal customers, and, though initially slightly daunting, we felt confident we could continue the great work by Val and Mick. We admired their dedication to the animals and hoped their clients would give us a chance to prove we are also great dog and cat lovers and would trust us with their beloved pets. We both cannot think of anything better than working with animals.
So, now we’re in, what are we up to? Simon and I have big plans for Hilltop, most of which we’ll keep under our flat caps for the moment. However, as many have already noticed, we have given our reception a fresh lick of paint which brightens it all up considerably.
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We have also taken the plunge and got ourselves a chip and pin machine so that our customers can now pay by debit or credit card. Not as scary as it first appeared to be!
We’ve had a really good taster of what a busy season is like what with lots of furry guests over Christmas and New Year. It all quietened down shortly after but thanks to all the advertising we’re putting out there, there is still a steady stream of dogs and cats.
Well, our new signage is just arriving as I type… Watch this space!
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