Adventures of a handywoman (to be)

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.


8 thoughts on “Adventures of a handywoman (to be)

  1. Well done – I haven’t got a clue how to install a toilet cistern LOL Love the slasto floor!

    Very nice it looks too 🙂

    How big is your cottage?


    • Hi Dani – I didn’t have a clue either till I started dismantling the old one 🙂
      This cottage is just the bathroom and a bedroom that sleeps two. It also has a nice veranda looking out into the bush over the pool.


  2. My Hubby – the Uber Handyman – says well Done Jaquelina !!

    We could def. stay there – on our way down to Mozambique in September – we shall book the cottage.

    We are both so proud of you and your achievments.


    • Thank you for that> I am lucky that this is almost an open air bathroom – no ceiling under a very high thatch joining two other rooms so i really only have half walls so all the steam goes up up and away.


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