If you have been reading my blog for sometime, you will remember that a year ago we had an exchange student come to stay with us on the farm for a couple of months. At the time I had to fix up our spare cottage for her to stay in. After quite a few mishaps and attempts at learning how to drill holes and replace window panes, I got the cottage into a condition where one could live in it, albeit not with any form of luxury at all. Hannah seemed to manage although there were still quite few holes in the walls, a really ancient paint job, a rickety toilet with a half-broken cistern. At least the wind wasn’t blowing in on her and the snakes could not get in. It was still very basic.
The time has now come where I have to up the ante. I need to start earning some money and will be letting out the guest cottage as a B&B. It will never be a designer place – that’s not what I want anyway. I would like to offer couples a little piece of paradise – still rustic, but with a few home comforts. A place to unwind and relax for a few days.
I have been quite busy in the cottage over the last month. I have put in a little fridge, a kettle, and hung some bamboo blinds in the bathroom, hung a mirror, installed a new toilet cistern (all by myself – so chuffed with myself for managing that), descaled the tiles in the shower, filled holes in the walls, replaced electric point covers, bought new linen and curtains. This week a friend of ours, Rodney, installed a cupboard to cover the ugly spot next to the shower.
All that’s left now is to paint the walls and sand and paint the window frames. I am trying to get some nice chairs or a couch for the little veranda although the ones I like are just way too expensive for me to get right now. I am getting a quote from Rodney for a sleeper bench. Let’s hope its affordable. I would also like to eventually replace the shower door, but it’s just going to have to do for now.
As you can see, although I have not been blogging, I have been rather busy. I am also getting ready to start up my own small business which I hope to tell you about soon.