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Trials and tribulations of running a B&B

Tuesday September 28th, 2010 | Fiona

One of the things I was aware of in running a B&B, but not entirely happy about – was the ironing. Despite having an ironing press, the ironing of sheets and duvet covers is still a trial. A particular nemesis is the superking duvet cover… I am beginning to hate it immensely! The trouble is…

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Sheep and mowers…

Tuesday September 28th, 2010 | Fiona

One of the things I have found highly amusing is the sheep. I know I have mentioned this before – and being a townie, I probably will again. Their owner often just tells me “…they’re sheep!” in answer to almost anything I ask. They do the daftest things: the lambs climb on top of the…

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The joy when the weather improves…

Tuesday September 28th, 2010 | Fiona

Although we need the rain to help the soil produce fresh grass for the animals, sunshine does make a lovely & beautiful place become an absolutely stunning one. It also encourages all the birds to sing their hearts out, even when they are busy making nests or even going through their courtship routines! We joined about 100…

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An Inspector calls…

Tuesday September 28th, 2010 | Fiona

Our very first guests were ideal candidates – requiring evening meals as well as packed lunches. So they were testing out all we had to offer. As they were also very keen bird watchers, they were able to tell us about a few we’d missed either in our woods or down near the bog area….

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Spring in March?

Tuesday September 28th, 2010 | Fiona

It certainly has the hallmarks of Spring, but because we have had all sorts of weather since we arrived in October, including the worst snowy winter for over 20 years, I am a little sceptical that we are there just yet. The daffodils have poked their green shoots out of the ground, but no yellow…

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Spring is here…?

Monday March 8th, 2010 | Fiona

Thought it was about time I added an update – there was no point whilst we were only continuing to decorate!We have had the drive re-done – so no more problems with grounding of the cars, and as we’ve sorted out the drainage at the yard, we should not have the same problems with the…

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Busy, busy, busy

Monday February 8th, 2010 | Fiona

Well, what a time we had since my last Blog update… more snow, problems with the drive, deliveries cancelled due to inability to deliver (because of the snow!), seven visitors for Martins birthday and poorly health for us all – oh and more building work! Norman had to visit the docs twice, Martin went too – I…

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So much to do…!

Monday January 18th, 2010 | Fiona

So starting where I left off – I didn’t paint the walls I was papering on the twin and double rooms, as Norman had left quite early to return home and was due to arrive about 3 hours ahead of when I was anticipating. This was entirely due to the forecast for more snow on…

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Happy New Year

Wednesday January 6th, 2010 | Fiona

Well, that’s another Christmas over and done with – sort of. Hubby’s kids are coming up with him tomorrow to have Christmas with us… at least that’s the plan. As they are down in Basingstoke, it might be a little difficult – depends on the thaw! I am giving them a shopping list for things that…

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Suddenly along came another post!

Saturday December 26th, 2009 | Fiona

Just had to make sure that I got this down before forgetting. Saturday 19th was a really busy day for us. Not only were the previous owners coming to collect their stuff from our container, Norman’s brother and sister-in-law came for a visit too. All seemed to happen at the same time – which meant we…

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