Here it is the end of October, and, in our minds, our “slow” season should have already started about 29 days ago…but we were so wrong. October has been a very busy month, and as per my last blog, we are very thankful for that, especially since it was so unexpected. October was filling up fast & furious in September, but November is not following suit and it is almost upon us. To date we are up to 1300 guests…that happened pretty fast, but with no help from November!
We are getting ready for Premium & Christmas Teas; so we know we have to give up on our fresh tomato, herbs and cucumbers for the sandwiches, and have to spend some time developing something more unique for the winter. Something a little more hearty, and with ingredients that are available without too much difficulty. Not that buying strawberries is hard in the winter months, but they sure aren’t as tasty as the ones picked fresh from the local farms during the early summer.
We are hosting bridge groups and lady’s groups on a regular basis and have more steady business during the days that are booked in advance, but our tourists seem to have put their luggage away for another year. In a way I am looking forward to the break, and in another way I wonder how I will fill my days.
I think our time now will be spent primarily unpacking all that is still packed away, accessing its usefulness and determining whether it is an “oh WOW! I wondered where that was!” or a “hmmm, that can go to the garage sale pile”. Oh, and date to be announced, there will be a garage sale at the Montrose Inn Spring 2016! Save up your loonies friends, ‘cuz it’s gonna be a doozie! LOL
Tomorrow is Hallowe’en; our little guy wants to go out for a bit of trick or treating, which is great, except we live in the country! So we will visit our few neighbours and pad his bag with treats. We will be taking down the fall decor sooner that we know and get ready for Christmas. In my last home, I spent November 1 dragging out all of the Christmas boxes, but now that our home is also our business, out of respect for all of our Veterans, both young and old, I will not be bringing out one bow of holly until November 12th.
I will be spending those 12 days, digging out fall clothes, finding my winter boots(!!!) and hats and coats, sorting out some spaces in the Inn with things I actually use vs things I thought I would use and don’t. I will hopefully find all kinds of things I thought I had lost forever, like hopefully my favourite grey cashmere sweater and Roger’s tie pin. I am in desperate need of a haircut! It has been since March that I have seen Geoffrey and my locks are now tickling my waste. There are so many other things that I need to do, but alas, I am sure there will be a few days, here and there, that we will be snowed in this winter so I will have plenty of time to finish my sorting and unpacking.
And with that, knowing that I will have only a few short months to get all things sorted before our “busy” season starts up again, I think maybe I should spend my time more productively and do some research on hibernation techniques because before I know it, I’ll be posting ads for full-time summer help and the ride will start all over again.
Secretly, I may already be missing it 🙂