Friday, July 30, 2010

B & B, that's me!

Well, I'm sitting here at 10.15pm, having had a rather exciting evening. I was expecting a new Foreign Student, and she duly arrived from Genoa at about 5pm; a very pleasant young woman, 23, nice and polite. She came bearing gifts from Italy in the form of food, mostly: two packs of genuine Genovese pasta, some fresh pesto (which tastes divine) and a pack of "pandolce", which I've never eaten before, but which looks dericious:-) It's for sure that we won't go hungry.

Anyway, there we were at 7.30pm, sitting eating a simple supper (salmon fishcakes, new potatoes and lots of vegetables, followed by gorgeous little chocolate pots) when the phone rang and it was one of my BBFs who was giggling away, and asked me if my double room was occupied. I had to admit not - though it is now spotlessly clean and ready for visitors - and she asked if I would take two nice people she had just met, Belgian cyclists, who were looking (rather desperately) for a place for the night! Well, what could I say but "Why not?", and before I knew it I was making up the bed, finding towels etc and welcoming these two people in. What larks! Brighton is that sort of place though. I have to admit that they were taking a chance in hoping to find a decent B & B on a Friday night, in Summer, in Brighton, and without prior booking. Luckily they found first Mary and then me - it could have been very different. So here I am with a house full for the night, ready to be up with the lark to make breakfast for three, and looking forward to having a bit of extra cash for the weekend. Nice surprise.


Working Mum said...

Nice to see you back in the blogosphere!

Looks like a new career could be beckoning! I love the Bristish tradition of B&B. Husband and I once did a BABA (book a bed ahead) holiday around Scotland and stayed in some lovely places with very friendly people. You should think about it!

Expat mum said...

Ooh, sounds idyllic. I love it when things like that happen.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Nice surprise indeed. I keep being asked about b&b here but I'm just not cut out for it. You have to be terribly organised I've no doubt.

CJ xx

Rob Clack said...

I'm impressed you could just deal with the invasion at zero notice! We couldn't!

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Sorry all for the ridiculous delay in replying to your lovely comments. I didn't know about having to check every comment - and did wonder why there were no comments at all! I only wanted to get rid of the Oriental Invasion! I'll know in future, and will get back to you sooner:-) M xxx