Crazy week in the hotel and the favourites in between
Many of you will relate to this as small business owners or if you work or have worked in hospitality - this week has been pretty demanding - but funnily enough, very enjoyable! Favourite no 1 0 a demanding but satisfying silly season work week. Many of our workforce have been ill, some have recently found other jobs and we are at our most busy - functions mostly. I have needed to get stuck in and get more practical instead of just personnel / business management and office work - so yesterday helped with a seated lunch for 22 and today, when our restaurant manager called in sick ran (with a brilliant team of staff) a seated lunch for 44. We hadn't been provided with a table plan for the separate 5 tables in advance, just a list of names and choices. I was in charge of making it all turn into something sensical for us to take food out and for the kitchen. It was 'interesting'. I very much enjoyed getting stuck in with taking food out, clearing, organising etc - rather than just being the Manager. The girls were fab and I have a real sense of job well done - all the food and service was perfect. Saying that I am super looking forward to the end to a long week - including my first 6am start at work in a while (which I also enjoyed).
After a first aid course on Monday (cue lots of awkward rolling round on the floor, touching strangers faces, tummies etc) I went shopping to Ulverston (above) - the sky was so beautiful at 4:30 pm and all of the shops lit up. This shopping experience (bar my bizarre treatment in one shop - see below) was favourite no 2. I would love to go into town more of a night after work (instead of whizzing home for the dog and Caspar) - I need to make that happen! Luckily my Dad has been picking Humph up for lunch and ball games in their garden on my long days at work - otherwise I wouldn't have been able to manage it!
Bought these new decorations at Brambles in Ulverston (favourite no 3):
I went upstairs to pick them up and there was a clearly marked sign above a basket of cloth bags, asking browsers to kindly use the bags they provided - which I duly did. As I wandered back downstairs with my three baubles and headed to browse more the shop assistant basically accused me of shoplifting ' aren't you going to pay for those?'. She actually thought I'd put them in my own bag as she 'only worked there one afternoon a week' and hadn't been told, or obviously checked that this is what the owner was asking the shoppers to do. It took quite a lots of insisting there was a sign and bags there and I was made to feel utterly mortified. Nevertheless, I bought the baubles and they are lovely. Shop owners should really train their staff - and shop worker should know the shop, and the procedures, and the signage!
Fabourite no 4 - not just the contents of this Abeille Youth Watery Oil by Guerlain - but the packaging - swoon! And all glass.
Favourite no 5 - the drawing sent to us by our sponsored boy in Rwanda - Egide - this is a pencil drawing of his president. It is pretty impressive! I am going to send him some more drawing materials.
Favourite no 6 - A is working late as a volunteer for a Hospice fundraiser Christmas Fayre tonight at work ( his employers told him they weren't going to give them any food - I hope they did!). But last night we managed to get into comfy jumpers early and have a wee hedgerow homebrew snifter each - A Blackberry Brandy and I Rosehip Brandy - excellent to help the immunity - full of Vit C - so warming too! Plus we had to taste test for Christmas haha!
Favourite no 7 - I've completed the Crown season 2 and am now re-watching it all. Caspar and I are also watching back to back episodes of Downton Abbey - it gets better each time I watch it. C loves it and I had to make sure this week (we are on season 4) to ask him several times how he was after Matthew's sudden death. The year that was the Christmas special was pretty traumatic!! I didn't need that on Christmas Day. I love everything about this series - it's wit, beauty and most of all what it tells us about Britain's history and social dynamics. We are of course still a highly class ridden society in which everything you do reflects your 'class' (which has become every more complex and fascinating). Saying that a possible reason I've had so many fab European and American friends over the years is this lack of care in the same way about social class- it can be very refreshing. Whatever your take on our class 'system' or 'patchwork' - I love the certainty and rules and dignity of previous eras. This is why my favourite characters are both the Dowager Countess Violet and Carson - I would personally like them to adopt me as their Grand 'Child.' The beauty of Downton gets me every episode - I can't help but relish the era before the dawn of ugly plastic, fastness, cheapness and bad manners. This shouldn't surprise anyone who knows me - all close friends and families acknowledge that I am trapped in the wrong era and was overly influence by my Grandparents and Great Grandfather. I need escapism into this world on a regular basis.
At the opposite end of the spectrum - you can't help but lose yourself in the new series of Vikings - I was gobsmacked during the last episode. I love it for lots of reasons but it also brings Britain's history to life - we were raided and settled where I live, in my tiny village - a Viking sword was found in the village churchyard and hoards and coins are found all over this area. Most of the dialect is old Norse, along with many placenames. We are afterall a 'mutt Nation' (perhaps the most 'European' of all) - a mix of Celts, Vikings & Danes, Saxon Germans and Vikings again in the form of the Normans (Northmen). Thank goodness after 1066 we weren't invaded again - it would have been very confusing!
Oops sorry I just realised this pic includes a rather gory image in the corner :~#
Sorry ladies this is rather a short post - I hope to do more exciting or creative things at the weekend - need to get to work on this Christmas malarkey!
With Love - Joanne xx
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