In my previous post, I wrote about things we were going to do in our guest house. Guess what? The adage is true: ‘for all the best laid plans of mice and men . . . .’ Are we feeling a little frustrated? Possibly. Is there anything we can do about it? Probably not! As such, it is simply best to ride the roller coaster whilst it rollicks along.
First aborted plan: the fabric revamp of one of our 4-poster canopies. I received a phone call from the seamstress a week ago to say that the fabric I had chosen – indeed, which she had suggested as being the best match for our project – was no longer being manufactured. I would now have to choose another fabric for the project. I am seeing her tomorrow to look at the new fabrics.
Second aborted plan: renewing one of our bathrooms. We were going to overhaul one of our shower en-suites as both Hubby and I wanted to change the wall cladding in it. We even went out of town to choose the wall cladding we wanted. Unfortunately, the builder is snowed under and we cannot undertake this work until after October 2017!
Thus far, thankfully, there isn’t a third aborted plan. Although we have other plans for refurbishing our place over the coming months this year, the first two projects were going to be just that – the first two. We knew that the second one would take some time and as we had not been able to ascertain a cost for renewing the bathroom, we were going to wait for the quote before going ahead with other bathroom renewals this year. (We had figured that each bathroom revamp might cost in the region of £5000, which is a lot of money.)
Our plans now – yes, we have had to make contingency plans – are to have the more untidy aspects of the bathrooms re-done until the builder can get to them in the Autumn. So, bathroom work will consist of snagging details starting from the removal of old silicone and its replacement with micro-ban silicon to the redecoration of bathroom ceilings. As for the soft furnishings, we still have plans to overhaul the soft furnishings of a number of bedrooms. Indeed, we had already completed two rooms at the end of 2016.
Meanwhile, the kitchen and utility area have been totally redecorated. I will be phoning the carpet shop later this week about replacing one of our room carpets. Now, that will be expensive! We have very high quality and expensive 100% wool carpets on our floors, but I think that this year we might change to a different manufacturer flooring-wise.
All in all, there is not much time to sit still, particularly as Hubby and I are still anxious to get our crockery selection right for the dining room. I have contacted yet another bone china manufacturer, and perhaps this one will have the breakfast service we want. We are also thinking of purchasing a new coffee machine – an all-singing and all-dancing one for the guest house.
Then, of course, I must not forget that there is all the usual promotion that I need to do for our guest house. It is going to be Valentine’s Day in a month, and we still have late availability then. Blenheim Lodge is a great place for a gentle romantic break. Why not come and join us? Book a room with views, sit back, relax, enjoy the gorgeous lake and fell scenery from your room, and enjoy ‘us’ time with your loved one.
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