And so the build is nearly over. At long last the glazing has gone in this week, freeing up views and allowing the building to take its place in the land around it. To the East, our orchard’s apples are nearly ripe, their skins blushing from the odd day of sun; behind us, the dog-walking field with its little stream that runs alongside has been mowed. At dusk, the view from the deli window to the West is arresting – across a huge golden field of corn at the point of harvest towards Glastonbury Tor beyond, the sun sinking, pink, behind it.
‘There seems to be something magical about this place, it’s amazing how often visitors feel it. Some just go quiet and smile as they look around,’ says co-founder Nick Sinfield. ‘Despite the major hurdles of CoVid and the strangeness of the past few months, the atmosphere on site has remained positive. Each of our teams have got on, problems that came up have been solved.’ It was almost as if the building itself was willing us on.
‘The area is stunning and there’s something very re-assuring about our quiet orchard through the seasons, but we’re also amongst so many important ley lines. The line up to Westbury White Horse even passes straight through the store.’ We’ll never know whether that contributed to the positive build, but it made him – and all of us – smile.