Hi there! I just discovered this page and saw that it is a page to tell you a little about myself. Well, I am a Singaporean married to a Scotsman with two grown boys. We have a giant dog that lives with us, a boy, Zack. He is our baby boy, even though he is 8.5 years now.
We used to live in Scotland until 11 years ago, when we moved to the Lake District in Cumbria, England. We had never worked in a B&B before or helped to run one. However, after much prayer, we decided that we would take the plunge and look for a guest house or self-catering place to manage. We did almost move up to Inverness-shire in Scotland to do self-catering, but the negotiations fell through, and we came to Cumbria instead. Basically, we did not want to be located any further than 3 hours’ travelling time from Edinburgh or Ayrshire, where we have family, so Cumbria is perfect.
We wanted to live in a rural or semi-rural location with easy access to amenities as we had young children and one dog at that time, Monty. Also, since I always reacted adversely to polluted air whilst living in Edinburgh because of the smog from traffic, I wanted to live somewhere where we could breathe fresh air. Neither my husband nor I wanted to listen to traffic or noisy crowds either throughout the day or night, so we decided to go for a place that would be quietly located but close to the centre of town.
Well, we found Blenheim Lodge, which is located at the top of a hill about a 2-minute walk to the centre of town and backed by woodlands. Blenheim Lodge was to be our home as well as our place of work. As the house is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and nestles into the fells at the back, we do not get any noise from passing motor traffic or late night revellers leaving the pubs at night. The woodlands at the back of the house are perfect for me because the trees cleanse the air and I have not had any respiratory problems since moving to Blenheim Lodge.
The other thing we wanted was to find a house of character. We had always lived in old houses as we love their beautiful features. Blenheim Lodge fitted the bill. Unlike some older properties which have been modernised to death with the removal of all things period, Blenheim Lodge still retains its Victorian charm, including an inglenook in the dining room, cornices and a marble fireplace in the guest lounge, as well as other features. I love the quirky characteristics of each room, which differences I have made the most of when decorating and furnishing them.
The kids are grown now, and both are at university. Our beloved Monty is no longer with us, but we now have Maddi, which came to us after Monty passed away, and then Zack, about 4 months later. I am afraid Maddi was not happy to share her new domain (our home) with Zack, and vice versa, although Zack was the interloper. However, after a week of huffing and puffing and having to be socialised with each other by our contact from Scottish Pyrenean Mountain Dog Rescue at her kennels, they are now tolerably good friends, although they still prefer human company to their own doggy company. Update: Maddi left us bereft when she passed away in April 2014.
The recession over the last few years have hit us rather hard, so in this new year of 2013 we have decided to learn to put up our rooms for on-line booking. We had never done this before on our website, and until today I have had teething problems. In actual fact, we really do enjoy speaking to people when they phone to enquire about our place or email to find out more, and find it sad that this initial link is being lost through on-line booking. We have found that speaking with people over the phone gives us a good idea of what they require in terms of accommodation, and also enables both parties to begin developing a friendly relationship prior to their arrival.
I have always enjoyed writing and have three English degrees. Writing a blog seemed like a great way to reach out to people and to tell them about our B&B. Actually, I once wanted to be a columnist – one of those that writes about inconsequential things for the amusement of the masses. I still wish I could do this, as I think I would find it fun.
Well, so here you have it. A short precis about me in this ‘About’ page. Oh, one last thing, and not the least either – I am a Christian – not in the sense of simply ticking a box – but in my heart.
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