Life has been busy here, many guests staying over the past few months, and farm and family and work all ensuring my days are never empty! I’m very lucky and I am grateful for it every day.
Spring is now officially here and new growth and new life is abundant 🙂 There’s much to be done on a farm and in the garden, and additionally we now have poddy calves to rear. These are all choices of how to spend my time, and I love to have been able to make those choices.
I rise most days at 4.30am and deliver newspapers for a couple of hours. I often get to see the incredibly magnificent night skies of the Milky Way, the Southern Cross, and many other constellations, and then the most spectacular sunrises. I truly am blessed.
I don’t think of myself as a ‘hippie’ a ‘greenie’ a ‘weirdo’ or any other label people tend to put on others, and some probably do apply them to me. For those who don’t know me well though I do try and follow a mixture of a Paleo and Raw Food way of eating; I love Qi Gong and Nia Dance for my exercise; I’m a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils; I clean my house with Ha-Ra products (and no chemicals!); and I love using my Thermomix and food dehydrator to create meals and snacks to not just sustain me but for the pure enjoyment of taste sensations and the creative process.
I also love my oracle and tarot cards and enjoy doing readings for friends and family; using healing energy to help people; and I like to be aware of the messages the universe may be sending me at any time – particularly via animals and other life forms.
I have also loved having guests stay at my place and have met some truly wonderful people who I would happily count as friends. The last couple of weeks however has thrown up some issues that I’m now addressing.
Firstly my local council has decided to hound me over official registration – which I had been told I didn’t require – but now apparently I do if I serve eggs at all….the same class of registration as a restaurant needs. Now I don’t object so much to the fee – after all it has to pay for the ridiculous top heavy bureaucratic system we have developed. I do object to the amount of paperwork involved and I’m questioning whether I want to spend hours of my precious time on a task that I believe is a ridiculous waste of my time. OK, so stop serving eggs? Maybe….but then I find that only means a slightly different class of permit if I’m still serving cut up fresh fruit….still regular logging of fridge temperature etc…oh, and the fee. I love creating breakfasts for my guests but the only way I can avoid it is to buy it all in already packaged….and not needing refrigeration. I was going to put my prices up for my accommodation, now I’m thinking I’ll leave the cost as it is and maybe just make breakfast a free option. If I’m not charging, but just sharing my food with friends, maybe that’s a loophole? Watch this space for the verdict.
This is the ‘old’ menu:
The second issue which arose was feedback by one of my recent guests. A lovely couple whose only fault from my perspective was arriving over an hour earlier than check in time while I was still trying to clean and organise the rooms after guests that left earlier that day. The feedback they wrote on airbnb however upset me more than it should and I stewed over it for days because the use of the words ‘unloved’ was completely unfair in my opinion. Her feedback was that first impressions count, and she did say how much they enjoyed their stay in every other way but that the first impression from the outside was that it was ‘unloved, untidy and with cobwebs’. Untidy and with cobwebs I can live with. I don’t use chemicals and try to keep a natural balance with the natural ecological system. The spiders keep the mosquito population down, the frogs love the spiders, the birds love the spiders and the frogs….etc etc…and I have heaps of bird and insect life in my garden. Another aspect of my life that I love.
I also live on a farm, on a dirt road. I’m pretty sure I have better things to do with my time than spend it all trying to keep ALL the dust away from the outside of my home, although I do brush the old cobwebs off regularly. The ‘untidy’ part is possibly the ‘weeds’ in the garden – feed for the wild bird population, the dog beds, and the lineup of shoes because we try to limit the amount of dirt in the house by taking our shoes off outside. The inside is different, that I do make sure is clean and tidy in the guest and living areas.
This is the front of my home the week that the review was written, you can judge it, or you can just accept it as is, I LOVE it:
Rant over…decision to do less B&B and more doTERRA oils….and maybe more blogs….I like writing.