As we head into another working week I thought that I would share an update with you from the other world. I should start by saying that I am taken aback by the support and encouragement from colleagues since I have announced my departure. It is interesting to see that there is still a whole generation out there who congratulate me and believe that this is a good decision, it’s nice not being the only deluded one!
On arriving at the weekend I was met with significant progress from the stonemasons which, if I am honest, was more terrifying than encouraging! Thanks to Dave for reassuring me that this is how it’s supposed to look and great news that the quarry has brought the stone date to the left, every little helps as they say. The old girl survived water and electricity being left on during my absence which is a good step, next up is the gas.
Plumber has visited and is booked to return and commission the rather complex heating and hot water system. When he asked if I had taken the pub over I replied that I had bought it which, in turn, elicited an echoed response of “bought it” before he proceeded to tell me how it has struggled over the years.
A small vacuum cleaner was on this week’s delivery, I have a good one but needed a temporary one at the pub whilst filling and sanding. The vacuum first hit the flat and I can now tell you that I now know what noise from a vacuum means “please stop and take me back to the store”. I had to empty the thing pretty much after every room and the resultant black bag had such a high percentage of dog that I considered sending it to Battersea!
For those of you that have taken a pub I will pause and allow you to recall the simple pleasure of that first vacuum and the discovery of patterns on carpets that were previously unknown.
Debates between the two brewers are progressing well which makes the ultimate decision harder rather than easier. Whilst Heineken seem to have the lion’s share of the island Carlsberg are keen and have a strong offer. Both breweries will be involved but the challenge is to declare the dominant supplier. I think that it may all come down to the branding of the external area which is a key asset and needs suitable recognition.
Paperwork done, bills paid, lists written and yet more prices reviewed I spent the remainder of my weekend running cables and installing CCTV for the big island pub, the whole thing really is never ending. Upon updating my wall planner, yes I actually have one, I have concluded that my time line is nothing short of insane. The constant juggling of day job, pub and domestic arrangements is more than any one person needs in their head.