Saturday, December 25, 2010

Meeting someone

It is so ironic how life works.  On Thursday I met someone here at Blanco. She has a brain tumour and was diagnosed just last week! What a co-incidence, she also lives in PE. The story is that her husband is on contract here in South Africa but they are actually from Peru. They were thinking twice about coming to Blanco after hearing the news but decided that perhaps it would be good to just have a break.

When I found out that she has a tumour, I felt that I MUST talk to them and approached them directly. I gave them a copy of the book and over the last 2 days they have been reading it together. We have spent much time over dinners and lunches chatting to them.

As I have said, I feel that this is where God is leading me and this is just a wonderful example of it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Leo @ Blanco

Here at Blanco the kids and adults eat at different times and venues. This is a problem because Leo honestly deep down in his soul does NOT believe he is a child. Last night after many explanations, debates and bargaining, Leo ended up in the kids lounge. He wouldn't look at me when we went into the room to fetch him. He then asked why God takes so long to make him big.

Today was totally different .... firstly he is not a morning person and was very perturbed at being woken at some early hour (7am) to go to breakfast. He usually only eats at 10.  By the time the lunch came around, in different rooms, he was not going to take it lying around and broke down shouting "I WANT TO BE A MAN!!" I was both amused and heartbroken. I then had to spend the afternoon trying to explain to him why it is nice to be a child. (I had to dig deep) James and I took him to get an ice-cream which softened the blow and he fell fast asleep. I think this whole dining room, early mornings and not being "a Man" thing was just too much for him. Just before he slept he said - "Can we just go home now, I am finished with holiday"

Anastasia and Adam have been playing pool, table tennis, swimming and "chilling" and only got into bed at 12am this morning. They are trying to beat me at all these games and as of today I am still ranked tops in the indoor games. I did feel a little dizzy and my hands started shaking from all the exercise and decided to go for a nap at 11!

Time for another afternoon nap now - we aren't "allowed" to use technology in the venue apart from our rooms so this is it... I sneak it to do a bit of catch up and make a couple of calls!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A change of plans...

I am always scared to say something because inevitable plans change. We will be open over Christmas but James & I are taking the kids away for a holiday to Blanco. They had a cancellation about 30 minutes before my call this afternoon. They are generally very booked up. I think it would be good to have a break from it all.

Sean and Teresa feel they would like to run something on that day. So I leave it up to them! Quite a bold move to let your baby sleepover with someone else for the night - but a relief non the less.

Today I had a headache - I think it might also be a bit of tooth ache as well as a bit of family quarrel. This, I suppose, to be a occasional occurrence in most families - but not nice to say the least.

Friday, December 17, 2010

One Year at The Grove

On the 15th of December we celebrated being open for a year at The Grove. I can't believe I actually made it! We have had some hard times and some really good times. I have learnt a few things along the way. There are things that I don't like... accounting, shopping for food, cleaning and grumpy people. Things I love ... the parties and celebrations, the open spaces, good food and a family feel.

There was one particular old lady, that came with a group, who really needed a better attitude! Bear in mind that I really DON'T make any money out of these functions and it is more of a donation than anything else. She was so difficult that we took turns in serving her because EVERYTHING was wrong. I wanted to ask her to leave she was so annoying. I kept quiet  (as one must). Eventually Paul (my brother) said to me that he could put her out of her misery. Of course that make us all laugh and feel better.

Isn't it sad that she have managed to live a full life and in the last days she is so BITTER. Everything is a problem and a complaint. Everything gets criticised. Everything is an effort and nothing is good enough. And most of all she doesn't look around her and see where she is and those who are serving her. Yes, that is SAD.

I have learnt a lot from the old folk and I do enjoy talking to them. It is quite strange that they always in a rush. Paul's theory is that "They don't have long to live!" Perhaps we should live it up while we still around too!

Only a few days to go till Christmas. We will be having a family dinner at The Grove... I "plan" to sleep in on the 25th! (we are closed) This year I am going to plan 2011 to the best of my ability!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Adam Valedictory

Well Adam finished junior school yesterday! It was a lovely service and then the mom's enjoyed a lunch with their boys. It is traditional that the boys have a swim in their school uniform! Which delighted them!

I really can't believe how quickly the time has gone...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Book signing 10 December

Join me for complimentary snacks and cocktails on 10 December. Let me introduce you to the book and share stories.

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