Friday, June 8, 2018

Back again!


Apologies to all my wonderful blogger friends. I'm still here but been busy with almost all of the five projects which I run to keep the pot on the boil.
 Last week., we had a tad of snow on the peaks and behind
The valley is looking beautiful with the trees sporting warm bronzy hues

At month end,  it's always wrapping up sales at the lovely little art and gift shop which I manage for Steve (the artist) and his wife, Estelle.  After a good month in April which included two long weekends and the school holidays, I was warned that May would be a "wet squib" regarding sales.  


I had a bumper month, Praise God!

Around the same time, I also distribute cosmetic orders and collect money from customers who'd ordered from me during the month. 

Meanwhile, to promote the accommodation which I manage for a businessman here in the Valley, I've  joined two more websites. I already feature my accommodation on Airbnb 
(do click on the link to see my beautiful vacation stay here in the mountain). However, friends in hospitality have suggested I also join

 I've also linked up to Lekkeslaap which caters for the local Afrikaans-speaking   guests. The latter was reasonably easy to join, although it involved two weeks of e-mail communications between me and the new-institution consultant; supplying information which ensued in a bit of a paper chase! Eventually yesterday at 8.04 am I received a text message on my phone from Ilana saying my accommodation is now LIVE!    By 8.34 am I had my first inquiry for a three-day mid-week stay in July! Hallelujah! was slightly more complicated. To access my dashboard, their European office had mailed the verification code to my physical address. When I phoned the number I had in Cape Town (South Africa) to explain this item would never reach me at the given address,  they suggested that the office in Rome make a video call to me while I was at my accommodation.  We scheduled Monday at 8.30am. On Sunday night I checked up on Google that the time in Italy is the same in South Africa. It was. 

Being punctual by nature, I was at The Bunker (a 20km trip from my home into the Valley) shortly after 8am.

I waited. 

8.30 came and still I waited. 

At 8.45, I turned off the beside lamps (which I'd lit for good effect on the video), drew the curtains,  closed the door and left.

At 9.15 my phone rang. It was the Rome office. Full of apologies. I said: sorry, I was on time and you are 45 minutes late. I told them I was at my retail business and couldn't possibly return to the accommodation . We then re-scheduled for Wednesday morning. Same time. And on Wednesday exactly at 8.30 a video call came through and I "met" the attractive Italian girl who told me how to hold my phone so she could take screen shots. Within ten minutes our business was concluded and the consultant told me my accommodation would be live within 24 hours. Yesterday (Thursday) morning I went live and I now feature on three vacation stay websites.

I also have my details at a local booking office here in the Valley which has phoned through one firm booking for August and one inquiry for the end of June.

So, I think you, reading this post, may forgive me being absent from Blogger for a few days. 

Oh, and I have started a blog about The Bunker here . If you have the desire and the time, do click on this link and let me know what you think! I'll be posting quite regularly there ; the buzzword in hospitality is to BLOG your business. I've heard other hospitality owners groan when they heard this, but we "old" bloggers have the advantage here. I may even offer my services to people who want to promote their accommodation with a blog. 


I need to find some more hours in the day! 

I hope you've all read to this point and got my point on why I was away from Blogger for almost a week. 

Have a great day.


  1. Hello Jo, I am glad you are doing well. You do seem very busy! I will go and check out your blog on The Bunker. Pretty photos of the mountains and colorful trees. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  2. with all this going on I don't know how you had time to write this post. I wish you much luck and lots of sales on your makeup and shop and many visitors staying in your accomdation

  3. Lovely photos and interesting post. I know how hard it is to keep a blog going when you are busy. Well done on coping so well. Take care and have a good weekend Diane

  4. Goodness you have been (and are) busy. Make sure you get some down-time too.

  5. I can see how that's kept you exceedingly busy.

  6. Wow! I am tired just reading about your schedule! Lovely photos ~ that mountain is awesome ~ going to check out your other blog too!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. I tried leaving a post earlier. I never completed it before it zapped into cyberspace so I don't know if you got it.

    I do love the scenery and colour at this time of year. I hope you are keeping warm enough as I think it is still your winter. I'm so glad you had an awesome month of May sales and I pray June will be the same for you.

    I'm also glad you managed to connect with I tend to use that site when I book in Canada and I'm contemplating using it when I next travel even though it is a bit pricier than other sites I find it very reliable.

  8. Just been over to see the Bunker Jo, it's fantastic. I can see that you are going to have an even busier time than ever 😊 Take care of yourself ✨

  9. It seems that you are extremely busy ! Good for you !! How nice that you could connect with Booking com. I write sometimes for them. I still don't get the comments in my email inbox only private once !! Very annoying !

  10. the link to airnbn with not let me log in from the link, using FB or Google. wants me to create a log in which I don't want to do.

  11. Dang, you sure are keeping busy.


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