The beginning of April each year means just one thing to small businesses like ours on the farm. It means that it is the Financial Year End. Yes, I know that I should carefully number every receipt as the year goes by and match it up with the same number in the ledger. But I am afraid I just file them all, which then leads to a lot of boring, direful, and time-consuming work. That is what I have been doing on and off for the last two days.
I try to get the farmer interested, so that when/if I pop my clogs he is able to take over the book-keeping. His answer to that is to say that he will just put everything into a shoe box and take it round for the Accountant to sort out.
As to the Vat return (the quarter ends on April 30th) then he says he would take that round too for her to sort out. My warnings of exorbitant bills for all this financial activity fall on deaf ears.
But today, don't ask me why, I just felt in the mood for adding up and zoomed through the ledger with ease and got it all to balance. Then I ruled it off with a flourish and inked in my pencilled figures. I can't tell you what a good feeling that has given me. Now on to numbering all the receipts to match the ledger entries - a doddle after all those figures.
I have to report that one swallow has become three swallows today and as the weather is in a getting warmer mood for the beginning of this week, then they should settle in happily. But I hope they seek out a warm, sheltered spot as Arctic weather, with scattered snow showers, is forecast from Friday onwards.
The farmer is more or less back to his old self today and has finished his 'muck spreading'. Tomorrow is going to be the day for collecting all the debris which has fallen from the trees during the winter months. It is already raked into heaps but really does need removing before the summer cattle take over or they will spread it around again.
Well - back to receipt numbering - not the most exciting of jobs but not all that taxing on the brain for an evening task.