|Posted by holidaysinthegers on January 20, 2009 at 9:43 AM|
Gosh, it's been a few weeks since my last posting. Doesn't time fly !!
Well, we had the annual new year's bash. The weather was threatening to put a dampener on things but, thankfully, the rain held off. My first guests arrived at 10:30 in the morning. A bit of a panic for us as we were still trying to get the plastering finished in the barn. Needless to say, we were working until the early hours in the morning. Thankfully, the guests were happy with what they saw.
There was plenty going on in the village all day, not least the wine tasting ( obligatory !), quilles (french skittles with a lump of wood rather than a ball), demonstrations and grape picking. Later in the afternoon, we had the customary procession between the Mairie and the church with people dressed up as historical characters. The concert put on by the local choral society went down a storm. For a village of only 500 people, we have some excellent singers !
My guests left for the evening event about 9pm and we left for dinner with some friends in Marciac (a small town famous for its annual jazz festival). We all arrived back about 5 in the morning; a good time was had by all.
My guests finally left early afternoon, happy with their stay. The mince pies and christmas cake went down well and I almost managed to sell them a piglet, but the husband was having none of it ! Happy Guests, that's what it is all about. Perhaps they will be back next year.
The following day it was back to work. Over the course of the next three days, we redecorated the local bar, changing it from a sickly rose colour to a more subtle cream and burgandy and changed all the lights. It looks good, even though I do say so myself !! The only thing is Gerone threw out so much stuff that the place now looks empty when you walk in. Of course, being the squirrel I am, I now have most of it in the barn, including an 8 foot fig tree !!
There are no bookings this month so we have carried on with the work in the barn. The plaster wall is now done and painted and we have created a couple of seats next to the floor to ceiling radiator. I want to paint a mural on the wall, so if you know anyone who fancies a challange in return for a free holiday let me know !!