Second in charge manfully carried out 22-page quote last night in own time but cannot ask this sort of devotion for ever, plus now down to four days left till both left hand and also head of customer service and logistics off on their holiday jaunts. Determinedly putting brave face on things – not as if I haven’t been in this sort of manpower crisis before after all! Gritted my teeth while lost four hours whizzing up and down A14 to BBC Suffolk to do long-promised interview; especially tiresome journey as had overlooked clash with Suffolk Show meaning packed roads but gave some thinking time.
Bright idea of digging out one ex-employee who I know is not currently in gainful employment and she has promised to appear on doorstep in a week if things not improved, which will be some back up. Return to late night on kitchen table starting to assemble picture of current design trends for next year’s brochure, which I must, must, must have some designs done for in next couple of weeks as well.