Today is the last day to post tax returns to make HM Revenue & Customs’ deadline –
so it was a race against time to get our quarterly VAT return to the village Post Office (as we run a VAT-regisitered business partnership we have to file a quarterly return in addition to our annual self-assessments). However I found to my dismay it was already closed for the day – after yesterday’s palava I suspect they saw me coming so put the ‘closed’ sign up(!) – thus I had to scuttle off again to our local town to get it posted, which I fortunately managed just in the nick of time. Perhaps we should have filed it online, after all….? However it was recently mentioned that there could be security issues with that method; & judging by the number of information losses there have been recently it’s hard to be sure whether either Royal Mail or an online transaction are to be more trusted. (Incidentally the following day which was the deadline for filing tax returns & the day on which I suspect the majority of people file theirs online, HM Revenue’s computer system crashed – classic!)
As it was such an unseasonably mild, sunny day we took the opportunity to get the Milkforce out to play & browse in Parc Mawr – the ‘Big Field’ – for a few hours; which they thoroughly appreciated, kicking up their heels & chasing each other round with enjoyment despite being pregnant. I caught up on the inevitable email backlog, trying to juggle all the aspects of setting up the business whilst Tony tried to take his mind off not feeling well by supposedly getting some ‘fresh’ air, worked down in the goat shed mucking out the deep littered big pen (a smelly job at the best of times, & not helped as our replacement washing machine still hasn’t been delivered yet – & the washing’s piling up…!); although just how ‘under par’ he was became evident by the low amount of muck he managed to shift compared to his usual amount.
As it was evident he really wasn’t feeling at all well we spent a quiet evening discussing in detail, all the designers we’ve met so far – it really is proving very hard to choose who to use!