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A Hot Pre-Budget Tip

...from a warm and sunny Orchard Farm...

I mean to write at least once a day, but, it seems three days have gone by, and what is there to show for it apart from a continuing warm-wave?

However, this beautiful spring day, I have a serious tip to share with you all, which came to me on my way back to the car after a thankfully uneventful trip to the  dentist earlier this morning. As I passed the Post Office in Matlock I suddenly remembered that I’d heard stamps were going up soon.

Stamps go up, again, on April 4th. I do urge you to prise yourselves from your garden (or from the Budget on the TV) and go and buy some stamps now if you haven’t already done so (or maybe you already all have and I alone had forgotten the impending deadline…).

The kindly assistant in the Post Office seemed too embarrassed to tell me what the new price was but thrust a leaflet into my hand suggesting I read for myself, presumably in a darkened room. But I can tell you, as from next Monday  a 1st class stamp will cost 46p. For those of us brought up with £sd that is over 9/-. Thank goodness for emails and Skype!!

At the moment the price is 41p and a 2nd class stamp is 32p; on the 4th April the 1st class price will go up by 5p and the 2nd by 4p to become 36p.  Buying 200 of each today ‘saved’ us £18 which is far better spent on something nice for our guests in the barns. I have ordered two new books on the Peak District.

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