You know that feeling of overwhelm, where you need to do something but it has been so long and now it seems so big that you just don’t know where to start? No, just me??? Well that is how I feel about my blog at the moment. It has been so long since my last blog post (gosh, sound like I am in confession doesn’t it) and I have so much to tell you that I just don’t know where to start.
So today I thought I would just start. Say hi and give you a bit of an update on what’s been going down in Chardy town. There is so much to tell you.
For one there is our holiday. I will be doing a massive update on that – we literally drove half way around Australia with the 3 kids and it was actually fun. These holiday updates will be more for my records but it will be fun sharing them with you guys too.
One thing I have realised since starting this blog is that it is like a diary. So great to be able to go back and read about different things we have done over the years, the birthday parties, each school year, watching the kids grow. It has turned out to be really valuable on a personal level and I didn’t even think about this when starting the blog. I just thought – wouldn’t it be fun to overshare my life with everyone. ha ha ha ha. But it has become so much more.
I also held a Miss Chardy Event in Brisbane while we were down there, so stay tuned for a blog post on that one. It was such fun. 25 fabulous women! I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Now can we also just discuss a Facebook post I put up the other day regarding Devondale long life cream. It had been brought to my attention that this cream had apparently been discontinued. Well I didn’t believe it…. surely not. It is a staple in my store and we use it nearly every day. It is also the only of it’s kind on the supermarket shelves. A little 200ml tetra pack of goodness. Pauls used to also make a UHT cream but they stopped making it years ago so this left us with one option – Devondale. Now it seems it is true… Devondale really have stopped making this fabulous product.
So of course I did what anyone obsessed with social media would do, I took it straight to Facebook. I knew many of my friends would be up in arms about this but I didn’t realise just how much Australia loves this long life cream.
Clancy is especially concerned about what he is going to do once our out of date supply runs out…
HOLY COW… the response has been out of control. Turns out people are very passionate about their Devondale long life cream because that one little post has, to date, reached over 240,000 people and been shared over 1,400 times. I guess you could say it has gone Viral. LONG LIFE CREAM … gone viral!!! Who’d have thought.
So many comments… over 1,300 of them all saying the exact same thing…
“This is a staple in our pantry, always have about 6 cartons on hand”
“We love this stuff, use it everyday”
“How are we going to make our potato bakes now, it’s just not the same with fresh cream”
“I have been trying to find this the last couple of times I have been to the shop and haven’t been able to”
“We live hundreds of km’s from town and buy a couple of boxes at a time”
There have even been comments by people who didn’t even know it existed saying “I didn’t even know you could get long life cream, but now I really want some”. Even a lady in the USA said that she would love to be able to get something like that over there.
Oh it has been crazy my friends. So I thought I had best do a little research into what has happened. I have sent Devondale a lengthy email, but haven’t heard back from them, so I will phone them today. Of course I have googled the whole situation and from a few comments on my post it is now evident that the UHT Factory at Edith down in Tasmania shut down in November. It has been sold to a Taiwan company – Dutch Mill.
Now I could go on about the dairy farmers and shortage of milk/cream and the fact that the dairy farmers are probably, most certainly not getting paid properly but I feel like I would be talking out my arse and not able to give you all the facts, so I will leave that up to someone who really knows what they are talking about. Are you a dairy farmer? Could you perhaps give us some cold hard facts? Please share them in the comments section below. Australia needs to be informed. And did I mention we are very passionate about our long life cream?
So, I don’t really hold a lot of hope for our little 200ml cartons of cream but surely this can’t be the end. It is a national disaster… won’t someone think of the remote people.
Ok, so I am off now to Google “how do you produce long life cream” so I can set up my own factory. Surely there is a tutorial on You Tube or something.
Ok hit me with all of your information.
Tell me everything you know about this cream disaster.
Are you a diary farmer?
Is Murray Goulburn/Devondale going broke?
What about our UHT Milk??