Exciting developments!

Well, what a week! I am suddenly aware that I haven’t written for a few days….very remiss of me. However, this evening the ponies have been fed and attended to; the sheep have had their hay topped up and I won Sage the ram’s game!; the chickens have been fed and put to bed; the dogs and cats have been fed; my dinner is in the oven and I have ironing to do, so it seemed the perfect time to rattle out some news!

Thankfully my only bit of storm damage….the demise of my willow tree….was sorted out earlier in the week. It is now about 1 metre tall and looking very sorrow for itself, after the magnificent being it was previously. However, I have been reliably informed that it will send up shoots and eventually get back to its former glory…..although I may be needing a Zimmer frame to go and see it by then! The only good news about its demise is that I now have a plentiful supply of wood for the wood burner for winter 2018. So all is not lost!

Whilst the front garden may not have the willow anymore, the camellia has certainly enjoyed the warm, sunny weather this week and is looking stunning!


Absolutely beautiful…although in for a shock when it’s finished flowering as, being about 6 metres tall, it’s due for a haircut!

Other good news……I am now registered to attend the AIKB Easter Fair in Gouarec and the Breizh British Weekend in Josselin in June. I shall be going with one of my other ‘hats’ on, in my role as Independent Organiser for Usborne Books and I’m really excited about both events. The organisation for both events is very thorough but I marginally think that the organisers for the Josselin event win it! It is safe to say that, with the exception of my closest friends, the organisers of the Breizh British Weekend now know more about me than anyone else! Having found and photocopied documents pertaining to my business registration that I didn’t even know I had and having completed several forms, it is a morning of my life that I will never get back but it does mean that I will be able to attend a great weekend event, in a town that I really like so it was worth the effort. Must remember to take out public liability insurance nearer the time….note to self! Please come by and say hello if you’re at either or both events.

As for the preparation work for the Chambre d’Hôtes, it is moving ahead apace. Work on the 2 bedrooms is complete apart from titivating and the rooms are looking great! Watch this space for photos once titivating is finished!

Some good friends of mine, who have a holiday cottage here in Guiscriff, very kindly said that they would bring anything that I needed from the UK when they come over at the beginning of April. I think they may now be regretting that! 20 litres of paint, a litre of PVA, a stair guard and 2 single mattresses later, I think that enough is enough!! Bless them! You will be pleased to hear that the mattresses come vacuum packed and hence are the size of small duvets! I must remember to stand back when that vacuum is broken and the mattresses spring into a life of their own, once freedom is discovered, smacking you around the face if you happen to be standing too close! That aside, it is incredibly kind of my friends to do this for me and I think I owe them dinner when they are over.

So with the work upstairs so tantalisingly close to coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about the overhaul for downstairs. The royal blue, high sheen wall paint in the new double bedroom upstairs took 5 coats of emulsion to cover it! I have learned from this nightmare and the general consensus, as to the best way to cover the mustard and terracotta wall paint downstairs, is lining paper! I really think it’s the best way as the area here is much bigger and would take forever to just paint; I would lose the will to go on and an emergency SOS for more paint would have to be sent out! In retrospect, this would have been the way forward for the royal blue but hindsight is a great thing and you live and learn!

I have to nip to the UK for a couple of days at the beginning of next week and the lady who is house and pet sitting for me has said that she will hang the lining paper whilst I’m gone. So I will get home and not recognise the place! I am so lucky to have such amazing friends. Definitely party time when everything is finished and to say thank you to everyone involved in this joint venture, as it has become.

Well the hour is marching on and I think it is time to call it a day for today…..I ate dinner somewhere between Josselin and the royal blue paint!

Have a lovely weekend and chat soon!



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