Time to ketch up…

We have had a busy few days but, as can be the case some times, we have relatively little to show for it.  This is partly our fault as our social life has suddenly become rather busy.  In the last few days we have been to a dance, an evening of song and poetry relating that last 1,000 years of Welsh history, a quiz night, an exercise class and a dinner out.  Apologies, but I am exhausted!  So I thought I would take advantage of the relative lack of photos to recap the situation…

Nearly three years ago we bought Plas Hall, a hotel seriously on its uppers, and immediately closed it for refurbishment.  The purchase was made as our ‘retirement’ project in which we plan to do the overwhelming majority of the work ourselves, partly because funds do not permit otherwise, and partly because Mike loves to play around with old buildings.  During Year 1 we dealt with a few major structural issues and then ripped out a 1970’s wooden bar and put in a 21st Century cafe.

For Years 2 and 3, we have completely gutted three floors which originally offered 10 bedrooms, and will soon be offering accommodation on these three floors having in total 6 double/twin bedrooms with 3 sitting rooms, all served by a brand spanking new 3 storey staircase.

We think we are now entering the final phase, and hope to have rooms available in time for the National Eisteddfod which will be in Llanrwst next summer.  However, as we enter the last leg of this race, we are just beginning to realise that perhaps we need to take a break soon as our 7-days-a-week work schedule (five days a week on refurbishment and two days a week in the cafe) is proving to be rather challenging.

But before then we need to finish fitting the new electrical circuit on floors 1 and 2…

Electrics being prepared…

…and get the building ready for Christmas.

Lights are in, tree to follow soon

Also this week, I have been mist coating the remainder of floor 3 and Alex has been working at clearing rubbish off the landscape – neither of which translate well into photographs, so we will leave you to imagine those bits.

The best thing this week, though, was the discovery that sometimes we do not need to drag our reluctant dog to a bath, providing we have some tomato ketchup to hand.  Our new puppy, Lola, is rather fond of rolling in things which she really shouldn’t when out for her morning constitutional.  The fox poo, in particular, is really rather fragrant.  This morning, Mike only noticed this moments before we were due to start work, and Lola looked most aggrieved when Mike tried to lead her towards the bathroom in which she is normally bathed.  Then he remembered a comment he had heard in the cafe, passed on by someone who received it from their vet, that one way of dealing with the smell was to rub tomato ketchup into the site.  We are here to tell you that it does work – and no, we have no idea why.  Its something of a win win – no smell and no sulking dog either.

Lola with her new bestie, Morgan

Result – one happy dog, one less wet owner.  Until next time…

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