Number of guests: 5. Number of early starts to prepare breakfast: 5. Number of room changes: 5. Number of bookings taken: 5. Number of new people met: too many to count!
Today began with getting up early to have breakfast with my husband before he went to work as a music teacher in the nearby town of Alvesta. We have no kitchen in our flat yet, so we use the hotel kitchen to prepare our meals. It always feels rather grand to have a large restaurant-style kitchen in which to prepare toast and tea in the morning!
As a family, we eat our meals in the hotel lounge; a similarly grand room with wood panelling, corniced ceilings and a real bar (complete with neon bar sign and full selection of glasses.) After my husband left, I prepared breakfast for our guest, checked him out and cleaned his rooms. We have a large laundry room with a mangle – one of the many pieces of unfamiliar equipment that I am learning to use. This, and our industrial dishwasher (just 15 mins to do an entire load of dishes!), are a revelation to me as they make housework so much easier!
Our hotel is south-facing and so, naturally, the largest and most used rooms are on that side of the house. The living room in our flat has a beautiful bay window and lets in lots of light. After cleaning the rooms, I had a ‘yoga break’ here, doing a few stretches and deep breathing in the sunlight.
My in-laws arrived shortly afterwards bringing my much-loved new bicycle (yay!) and some furniture that my husband had been storing in their house. We did some cleaning and my father-in-law continued ripping out our old bathroom in order to install a new one. Then we had a traditional Swedish lunch of grillkorv (large sausages) and bread.
After lunch, I wrote a a shopping list as I am looking forward to cooking up a storm in our restaurant kitchen. It is such a pleasure cooking in such a large space after our last kitchen, where the work surface was much more meagre. I am experimenting with different dinner dishes at the moment and have made shepherd’s pie and macaroni cheese so far. Next on my list is lasagne!
After lunch I went for a walk and met our neighbour for the first time. An older gentlemen with whom I managed to conduct an entire conversation in Swedish! During this chat I gleaned that he comes from Blekinge (the neighbouring county) and told him about our visit to Blekinge’s beautiful capital – Karlskrona – last year.
Stay tuned for more hotel adventures…coming up in May we have the Swedish army renting the entire hotel for a week – I’d best go now and get on with learning the ropes here at Urshult Hotell!