Two weeks down, and still smiling…

I do apologise for the rather slim postings of late.  Once we get used to having a cafe to run, no doubt we will be able to return to normal service!

This week, we have been steadily increasing the time we could spend on maintenance jobs whilst letting Jane have full run of the kitchen and restaurant. Highlights have been a few busy days; meeting more very interesting people; and having a surprise visit from our eldest daughter en route to Scotland.

The entrance lobby, now complete with coir matting to complete the look
The entrance lobby, now complete with coir matting to complete the look

Mike has now finished re-glazing the front door – so its time for me to get out my paint brushes again.  I have moved some brick shelves out of an outhouse; moved wood from the bin store into said outhouse; moved bins into the bin store (how radical are we!?!) and then spent the afternoon gardening – totally blissful.

If you had asked me a few months ago, I would never have expected to be posting a picture of bins!
If you had asked me a few months ago, I would never have expected to be posting a picture of bins tidily parked in a bin shed!

I have also been playing around with the accounts, since today is the end of our financial year.  We have visited a local garden centre and purchased the necessary to turn our summer planters into winter highlights just as soon as the frost gets at the pelargoniums.

 

Bedding plants, ready to go into the planters
Bedding plants, ready to go into the planters

But the most important thing this week – I have had my first Welsh lesson!  I now know just how badly I have been pronouncing the letters of the alphabet and many of the local place names.   I also now know how to ask “Sut dach chi heno?” and hope to find out how you are this evening….  Or I could say “Dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg” so that everyone knows I am just beginning in the language – perhaps we could set up a coffee morning for local welsh-learners to come along and have a good old natter?

This weekend’s task, along with completing the year end stock check, is to create the spreadsheet of tasks necessary between now and opening our first accommodation next year.  This is likely to create tension between Mike and I, since I like to organise, and Mike not so much – he is more a seat-of-the-pants sort of chap.  I hope the passage will be smooth, especially as it will be our wedding anniversary on Monday, and we plan to go out for dinner so I am hoping we have at least a little to say to each other.