Great news!!

This will be a brief blog, because I am very tired… (I know, I can hear your violins playing from here).

Mike and I have been running the show on our own for the last couple of weeks whilst Jane was on holiday, so I have been in the cafe every day. Mike has also spent a lot of time in the cafe, but has managed to escape to do some little (?) jobs around the place, now that we are open as a hotel!

Not that we are complaining, you understand. It has taken us the best part of 10 days to connect our web pages, and our booking platform to Booking.com, but we think we finally achieved that earlier today.

In the meantime, we had guests on two of the floors this weekend and a very busy cafe, so we might need to have a little sit down this evening.

Much more importantly, and in the words of somone you might have heard of a while ago, we are a grandmother! Our eldest daughter Charley and her husband Damien made us very proud grandparents earlier today. We welcome Edward to the family and congratulate all involved in a happy outcome.

Guess who came into the cafe..?

We are both still waiting for the reality of Tuesday to sink in. We have approval (subject to sending two certificates to Building Control) to open. We have received one certificate, and the other is due here tomorrow, so progress is still creeping by.

I have been working on the web pages and various electronic interfaces, so that people can book rooms remotely. Just one or two wrinkles to iron out, but that process is also slowly reaching completion.

We have had a friend to stay this week, and Gill has heroically been prepping the platform outside one of the suites, amongst other glamorous jobs…

Just a quick lick of paint needed, I think

…so not much more sanding required now before we can paint it, then finish the railings, and then another task knocked off the To Do list. Mike has been fitting curtain poles and curtains, door locks, towel heaters and the like whilst I played at running the cafe last week.

Having said that, I did have a wonderful morning on Tuesday. I turned to greet a customer entering the cafe and got quite a surprise…

Is this a Welsh Rarebit I see before me?

…the most delightful couple had arrived who were on a road trip of unknown length, so brought their rabbit with them. It was fantastically well behaved and, in case you are interested, in only 6 months old at present so still has quite a bit of growing to do!

Ah well, onwards and upwards…

The man from Building Control…

…he said YES.

As of about 30 minutes ago, we are cleared to open as a hotel, providing we can let him see our electrical certificate and the fire certificate. Both of these have been promised by the companies who have tested our systems, so we should be getting them any day now.

In the meantime, I am back to work in the cafe, and then get some curtains tonight and then…. I will let you know more soon, when the emotions have settled down a bit!