At the beginning of 2017, I’d like to wish everyone who comes by my BLOG a very happy and blessed new year. For us at Blenheim Lodge, it is a time of doing . . . and . . . err, thinking. Although, actually, it ought to be the other way around! Let me explain.
Each year, in order to stay on top of what needs to be fixed, renewed, changed, etc. in the guest house, we try to set aside time during our quieter periods to get these things sorted and done. For example, we are renewing a bathroom in one of our rooms either this or next month. To this end, we have already been in touch with a builder and been to the shops today to look at fittings. In this case, it was a case of thinking before doing.
However, stupidly, we do sometimes do before we think. One example of this was when we hired someone in 2016 to rejuvenate three of our bathrooms. It was someone who had been recommended to us by his friend. He took ages to do the work, which was shoddy in its finish. Now, in 2017, we have asked the same builder to repair and/or refinish this chap’s work when he comes to refurbish the bathroom. 2016 was a bad year for us with respect to trades people. We had taken recommendations from other customers but were unfortunately left with poorly executed pieces of work which then had to be redone, hence paying twice for the same work.
Thus, I have a new resolution this year: to do more research before buying and paying for goods and services, whether from small trades people or larger businesses. Many times bitten, and, hopefully, forever shy! We have lots to do this year, beginning with the new bathroom and the fixing of the other bathrooms. Then, on Tuesday, we have someone coming in to put up a new canopy for one of our four-posters, make a new seat for a window seat in one of our rooms, and generally planning a ton of sewing for us. We intend to buy crockery and placemats for the dining room; replace some bedroom carpets; create new bedroom folders . . . the list goes on.
2017, particularly at the beginning, will be a time of bustling about and trying to get as much done as possible in preparation for the latter hopefully more busy part of the year. I have to admit that Hubby and I like this time of year. Despite the indoor bustle, we also get more of a chance to relax in those armchairs: to read a book; to watch television; even to snooze. And, it is also a period when we have more time to meet up with family, in particular with the more elderly members.
I hope 2017 will be a good year, not just personally or business-wise, but also for the world at large. It is always devastating when one hears news of accidents, predations, violence, poverty, sickness and death. Unfortunately, newscasters and newspapers have reported many such incidents already from around the world. My prayer is for peace; for healing; and for hope.
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