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Hello Everyone,

I have really let things go as far as blogging is concerned!  I promised the smashing guy that looks after our website I would do/write/create a blog (whatever you do to a blog) every month.  Its now April and this is my first one this year.  So what's going on with the Magnolia Tree B&B?  Well to tell you the truth we don't actually do 'exciting' on a regular basis, we just gaily smooch along.  On the Easter weekend its the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, which has been going on for decades.  We usually take a short stroll to see how proceedings are getting on.  Our first year we opened as a B&B we had two very keen gents from Canada stay with us, apparently semi professional.  They took the race very seriously bit unfortunately capsized in the Thames!  I can think of better places to enter the water, a hot bath for example. Still it takes all sorts.

We have done  bit of DIY, I mean a bit.  However, the garden seems to be picking up now and 2 of our friends say we should enter the Devizes and Roundway In Bloom Competition.  I don't think so we are not actually on the Chelsea Flower Show line.  But I am still waging war on the snail and slug population.  I would love a family of hedgehogs to move in and have bought a little house for them at the bottom of the garden, but all I can see is a large family of woodlice, yuk.

Gosh, I must finish now, laundry to sort, biscuits, cakes and bread to make.  This is why I don't blog very often because I get side tracked and go off on a tangent and get behind with my chores!

Hugs and Kisses

Candy

 

 

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Happy New Year All,

So, what has been happening at the exciting  Magnolia Tree Bed and Breakfast?  Well, not a great deal.  We had the remaining section of our garage made into a very much needed store/utility room, and it is fantastic!  It has made life so much better, sorry very boring for you out there but its done wonders for our lives, (we must get out more, we really must!). 

But on an extremely, very, very sad note at the beginning of November we lost our treasured Daisy.  Gosh we miss her so much and its really hard to write this blog because she was a very big part of our lives and a wonderful creature, very much loved. She was 14 and a bit years old, and she had a good long doggy life bit after still after all these months gone by I am still sobbing my heart out writing about her.  

The B&B side of life is going well and we are having a much busier winter than last year thanks to Lidle s who are being refurbished at the moment so lots of trade from them, but that has now come to an end, but we have been very grateful to them.  Another change that is about to take place is that our long standing resident, who has been with us since we opened will be leaving us shortly.  He has been with us 2 years and is now like part of the family and we will miss him immensely.  He has been head hunted by another company so will be leaving us shortly, great shame.

 

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Happy New Year All,

So, what has been happening at the exciting  Magnolia Tree Bed and Breakfast?  Well, not a great deal.  We had the remaining section of our garage made into a very much needed store/utility room, and it is fantastic!  It has made life so much better, sorry very boring for you out there but its done wonders for our lives, (we must get out more, we really must!). 

But on an extremely, very, very sad note at the beginning of November we lost our treasured Daisy.  Gosh we miss her so much and its really hard to write this blog because she was a very big part of our lives and a wonderful creature, very much loved. She was 14 and a bit years old, and she had a good long doggy life bit after still after all these months gone by I am still sobbing my heart out writing about her.  

The B&B side of life is going well and we are having a much busier winter than last year thanks to Lidle s who are being refurbished at the moment so lots of trade from them, but that has now come to an end, but we have been very grateful to them.  Another change that is about to take place is that our long standing resident, who has been with us since we opened will be leaving us shortly.  He has been with us 2 years and is now like part of the family and we will miss him immensely.  He has been head hunted by another company so will be leaving us shortly, great shame.

 

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Hello,

We have just had our yearly, apparently, unannounced inspection from the AA and I think we passed!  Hurrah.  I cannot live on the edge thinking that we may have a surprise visit from the AA or Environmental health.  We try and keep our standards at the same all the time.   So basically, you see is what you get, and it seems that the AA at least approve, which is excellent.

Its super to find we are still busy with the B&B even though the weather has taken a major turn for the worse.  I have ordered all new duvets and pillows today for the winter but I think we may need them sooner than later. But I am determined not to put the heating on nor tights back on until October!  My legs may go blue and orange, but I am will perceiver.

Our lovely garden is starting to go into its autumn sleep.  We are starting to cut things back and soon the bedding will need to be dug and put for composting.  The wheat field out the back has been harvested and the hay stacks stand proud ready to be gathered in.  The birds are having a good time swooping down in amongst the stubble catching any little thing that moves.  But we are have a lovely display of chrysanthemums and dahlias, both firm favourites of mine.  They both remind me of 'me'.  Big and blousy and like to make people happy.

Well I had better stop blogging now and finish my lovely cup of Earl Grey and scone, before it goes completely cold.  Even in this cold spell there is nothing like a lovely pot of freshly brewed tea in an English Garden.  Britain may have its faults but its the best place in the world to drink tea.

Bye for now.     

    

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Hello its Candy, its been ages since I did a bit of blogging on our website.  So what s been happening at the Magnolia Tree B&B since last time.  Well, we have had 14 different nationalities it our first 18months of opening!  I have come to the conclusion about people, in general are we are all basically the same.  I have been having the same conversations over the months with all these different country people.  We may have our little differences, thank goodness ie the English obsession with tea, people from the US seem to like very sweet food, German people seem to be very nervous of dogs, the Australians are very happy people even in our climate!  I just love meeting all these different people.  I suppose I should not be in this business if I am not a people person. 

I love hearing about how other people live in their respective countries, the weather, the food, their way of life and although I was not really interested in travelling before I now would like to take a visit to some of these places.  I went to several countries when I was in my teens and early twenties but that was a long time ago and the world changes rapidly.  However, I have a big problem, Lloyd is terrified of snakes and won't even think of stepping foot in Australia.  He is also an avid cricket supporter and although we won the ashes this year he still won't go!  When we retire then I have convinced him to take an escorted trip around snake free Europe in our Zimmer Frames!

Well I had better finish now and wait for some more lovely guests to arrive, not from an exotic country but from sunny Poole!  I'm sure they are smashing.

 

Candy

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Hello its Candy, its been ages since I did a bit of blogging on our website.  So what s been happening at the Magnolia Tree B&B since last time.  Well, we have had 14 different nationalities it our first 18months of opening!  I have come to the conclusion about people, in general are we are all basically the same.  I have been having the same conversations over the months with all these different country people.  We may have our little differences, thank goodness ie the English obsession with tea, people from the US seem to like very sweet food, German people seem to be very nervous of dogs, the Australians are very happy people even in our climate!  I just love meeting all these different people.  I suppose I should not be in this business if I am not a people person. 

I love hearing about how other people live in their respective countries, the weather, the food, their way of life and although I was not really interested in travelling before I now would like to take a visit to some of these places.  I went to several countries when I was in my teens and early twenties but that was a long time ago and the world changes rapidly.  However, I have a big problem, Lloyd is terrified of snakes and won't even think of stepping foot in Australia.  He is also an avid cricket supporter and although we won the ashes this year he still won't go!  When we retire then I have convinced him to take an escorted trip around snake free Europe in our Zimmer Frames!

Well I had better finish now and wait for some more lovely guests to arrive, not from an exotic country but from sunny Poole!  I'm sure they are smashing.

 

Candy

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Hello Everyone/ Anyone!,

Its been a long time since my last blog, which I still am not sure what a 'blog' is and still struggling with this awful Windows 8!

A lot has happened since I last blogged (is that the correct term?) The most exciting thing is that we were awarded a 4 Star status by the AA in our first 6 months of trading!  Which is absolutely amazing for us.  We are only a small 3 bedroom B&B.  We like to think we are a friendly, welcoming establishment, but we are no wonder B&B, however, the AA inspector thought we were at this level, bless him.  To celebrate our award, guess what we did?  Was it a luxury night out, a weekend break in someone else s catering establishment, a large bouquet of flowers?  No, your all wrong, we bought  a brand new ROTARY IRON!  We know how to celebrate!  You may laugh, but she is my pride and joy, and her name is Millie ( she is a Miele brand so it just seemed appropriate!).  It has cut my ironing time down by at least half, and its quite relaxing.

We have had some lovely and interesting people stay with us over the last 10 months from all over the UK and all over the world.  11 different nationalities. I have bought a map of the world and marked each country off as we have a visitor from that particular country. 

Well I am sure you are all bored enough now with my 'blog' so I will finish until I have further news. 

Candy

 

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Hello Anyone,

I have been advised by the brilliant person who developed our website that it would be good to write a 'blog'.  I am not sure what a blog is so I think I will treat it as a type of diary about our new B&B, the Magnolia Tree.

 

We have only been trading 2 months now and we have met some really interesting and lovely people, from all different places and walks of life.  Besides people from all over the UK we have had Canadians and Belgium people staying.  In a few weeks time we are due to have Australians and Swedish guests.  When the Swedish gentleman called up his English was better than mine!

Food can be a subject that we all can find a connection with no matter where we are from, I have found.  We have had vegetarians, vegans, people allergic to various foods and the most strangest of all people who don't drink TEA!  Loads of them, can you believe it?  Some don't drink hot drinks at all!  I'm drinking a cuppa as I'm writing this rubbish.  The Magnolia Tree would not operate with out our hourly cuppa. No shopping trip or outing is complete without nipping into one of our local cafes for vital refreshments, it just could not be done.  We have been known to take a picnic basket for quite short journeys containing several flasks of hot water and a box of teabags.  Not that my husband and I are tea addicts of course we just like the odd dozen cups every day.

Gosh, I had better stop rabbling on and finish my now lukewarm brew!

 

Bye till next time.

Candy

 

 

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