We've all been lucky with one of the mildest winters for years and it has certainly encouraged people to travel in the Spring. Where we had a very slow start last year because of the constant rain, the mild weather I'm sure has helped with our bookings which started back in Feb/March.
Our winter was spent taking a break for ourselves for 6 weeks travelling around Spain visiting friends, and also my brother and his wife who live there, while the house was ably looked after by Rene, our lovely German friend who came as a Workawayer for 2 weeks, on his bike! and just stayed on! Freddie came with us and a good time was had by all.
On our return we have managed to finish the bedroom, shower room and linen cupboard which was started last year and have only now to paint the wordwork and move the furniture in. This bedroom will also be able to be used as an extra room for the B and B as it links direcly with one of the apartments perfect for a family who want 2 rooms, but can share its kitchen and dining room. We can also use it as a dedicated Workawayer bedroom and bathroom.
Geoff has propagated his dahlia tubers and has more than a thousand cuttings now, but not enough room to plant them all, so the extras will be given away to anyone who wants them. This winter, despite the mild weather, he heated the benches in our large polytunnel where he puts the tubers to save them from any possible frost, but the combination of the warmth and his sand and soil compost has just made everything grow so strong and healthy and also very quickly.
We're now planting up the vegetable garden and bringing on the seedlings in the polytunnel ready to go out after the threat of frost, about mid May here.
We've decided too this year that we will let the apartments, as well as B&B, on a Gite basis, ie self catering, as a lot of guests last year stayed for a few days or a week or more and found this much more convenient to themselves. It's cheaper of course as we don't have to supply breakfast and serve it and It also means we don't have to get up early to get the bread!
This year marks the big Six OHHH! for Geoff and we are planning a party for him with lots of friends making the journey from the UK. Having had his serious health problems 4 years ago we at one time thought he might never see 60, so a real reason to celebrate (as if we need one!) Historically, it rains on the weekend of his birthday (1 June), so we are hoping that this year the sun will shine, but have in anyway organised a marquee, just in case.
To all our potential guests, please read our Guest book page for comments, and to all our past guests and those who have already returned to us, thank you for your vists and the lovely times we have had with you.
We're looking forward to another sunny summer and meeting all those people who bring so much into our lives.