Phase one of mission accomplished, and still exhausted!

Our cafe / restaurant has now been open for 8 whole days.  I am pleased to report that our systems are settling in, and customers are beginning to arrive.  Over the last few days, we have met some fascinating people, many of whom have shared with us reminiscences of the times they worked at Plas, or dined here, had Christmas parties here and/or honeymooned here.  Jane’s cooking is being very well received (especially her special order for cheese straws), and Mike’s cooked breakfasts appear to be hitting the spot.  As ever, I am gently bustling around, paddling below the surface in order that we present the illusion (I hope!) of a serene operation and well planned activity.

Highlights this week have been:

  • increasing traffic on our Facebook/penaeldroch site.  I am struggling to learn this new method of communication, but will persevere!
  • a surprise visit from Jeannine and Lucy, friends from Newmarket.  When we last saw Lucy (22 years ago), as she reminded us, she was a big fan of Count Duckula videos and we had only 3 children….
How the years have flown... Jeannine and Lucy with Jess and Carrie, and a rather disinterested Jasper
Jeannine and Lucy with Jess and Carrie, and a rather disinterested Jasper
  • We were delighted to receive a wonderful bouquet of flowers from our Dutch friends, the Bommeljes, along with a bottle of fizz to help us celebrate.  It reminded us of four much loved people (our and their parents) who used to be the bond between us, and my hope that they would all have approved of what we are all now doing.

We have finally managed to get to the top of our new dentist’s waiting list, and managed to have a check up, which was a great relief for Mike who needed a little remedial work following our 9 month wait.  We have both had a day off (sequentially, naturally – I suspect it might be a while before we can have a day off together), but we are delighted that having put up some signs, folk are beginning to find the restaurant.  I also visited Dolwyddelan’s Macmillan coffee morning and had the pleasure of meeting a few more near neighbours.  And we had our first visits from both motor cyclists and pedal cyclists today, so obviously our new promotional flyers are beginning to help spread the word.

On the work front, Mike has fitted a closer onto the front door and re-glazed 3/ 4 of its panels.  We have been visited by our architectural designer with a structural engineer and hope to have detailed plans for the new stairway very soon, and for our next phase of work shortly thereafter.  Mel has been in to continue her work starting the eradication of Japanese knotweed and Rhododendron ponticum on the site.  We are aware this is the start of a long process, but at least we have started….  And I have been trying to bring order to our financial records, as our financial year end falls next weekend.

As I was driving between Pont y Pant and Blaenau Ffestiniog earlier today, I noticed that the foliage colours are beginning to change.  The stunning forest in which we live is just beginning to cloth itself for the autumn and I will try to take some snaps next week to share this glory scenery with you.