How to Get the Flame Back When You've Flamed Out

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How to Get the Flame Back When You've Flamed Out

 

(JB - Yes I follow a real estate blogger, he is one of my innspirations that makes me think and rethink. His points are 100% valid in this article.)

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This may sound silly...but I felt we maybe should cave in.

Being away for 6 months and stuck here in CA .Cause of an accident with motor home . I can't wait to get back home and get to work. The flame is glowing bright. Bought all new bedding for both places, Have thoughts on replace one of the chesterfields. Change walls colouring .Also found 15 new recipe books to try new breakfasts .

Yes we all can't get away for that long I know. But some times a rest is the best medicine.

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Flower wrote:

Being away for 6 months and stuck here in CA .Cause of an accident with motor home .

Oh Flower, I hope there weren't any serious injuries.  Driving a motor home is not for wimps.

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We feel like we had a miracle before our eyes. A living miracle. You know how people won't leave space between you and another car. Well the car ahead of him slammed on the breakings as a result he did also slammed his on. he had passed us and was very close to our front we were going 43 miles on a 65 mile zone. Cause motor homes don't stop on a dime. We hit him good and hard.

His car was and old Mercedes. As they are built like a tank. NOBODY! got hurt.  I still cannot believe no one got hurt. Our home damage is 2o thousand dollars to repair. He took out all our front lights and damage our front badly.

He The driver of the Mercedes pretend to not speak English. But after speaking to the female police women she asked me to explain to the drive of the car what poutine was^^^^ I did and guess what he understood everything I said!!!! amazing uh?

We feel very blessed that no one was hurt. The angels were working over time

.Now we are under the gun to get across the border as our time is up. Don't know what the border people will do??Time will tell. Very stressfully time right now. We still have about 1,500 miles to get home. 

Thank you for asking .Innkeeper.

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So glad to hear you & your DH are OK - but sorry to hear of the accident. Can the Consulate help you with the time limit problem? I apologise for the late concern - was up to my ears with something unusual for us - revolving door guests and an elopement. All will be well. I am certain of it.

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I am happy to hear your new adventure went well. Good Job well done. I know it was not easy to do. Hope you have many more bookings .They say,once in the groove  the next time is easier.

As far as consulate I don't think they would really care. DH thinks I am worrying to much that all will be ok! I hope he is correct. Just takes one U.S. border guard to be a bit ******. We have a lot of pictures and a letter from the shop fixing our motor home.

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As you are a USA citizen and going home I doubt you will have much trouble - sounds like a right pain in the ****

glad you are all ok - I had the same thing with a pheasant once - ran out infront of a car 3 ahead - he slammed on the breaks, next car hit him and me and the other car behind just missed them by inches and were lucky nothing was coming the other way! I didn't have a mobile phone in my car then and made me make sure I always did from then on!

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Cambs we are Canadian's. What we found strange no one stopped to let us across the free way. NO ONE. !!!

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Cambs we are Canadian's. What we found strange no one stopped to let us across the free way. NO ONE. !!!

That is rotten.

I spent 6 horrible hours on the side of the road once on busy I-5 near San Onofre and the only person who stopped was a guy to relieve himself.  Even C.H.I.P.S drove past! That was pre people breaking down and getting killed (as a general rule). We always carried a gun in the vehicle - but this was just me on my own driving to meet up with a date.  

Once we broke down on the Grapevine (I was with Dad). Someone had tossed out NAILS on the highway, and a van pulled up and some rough characters got out and approached the car. Not one person, about 4 ot 5 guys (red flag!) Dad immediately got out, as we had only just broke down there, and Dad ended up pulling the .357 out from the back of his pants and sending them on their way. I will always remember seeing that scene. Dad said, and I quote, never have a baseball bat or a jack as they will grab it and use it on you. 

Another time I had a flat and it was my car with my little sister and mother along, and some detectives stopped and put us in their car to take us off the highway, they said "Whatever you do, DO NOT STAY with your vehicle when you break down". This was the same time a police officer was "helping stranded motorists" in San Diego county, and killing them. They instituted the no natter who has lights on to stop, keep going until you get to a crowded parking lot, like a grocery store before stopping.

Southern Calf is not a great place to break down.

Here last year we stopped to take a photo not far from the house, and at least 3 cars pulled up and said "Are y'all broke down? Do you need some help?"  It is a different world! I think I wrote a blog article about that, it warmed my heart. Say what you will, preconceived notions about the south, but they are awesome! 

I did write about another time here.

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One morning at 2 AM I was waiting at the exit with 4-way flashers for some horse guests (I escort them to the stable). At the time, they were doing the grading work 24/7 for the new development going in there. I was totally startled to have a man knock on the window of my car - he was asking if I was OK or needed help - he was the dozer operator.

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You were in California - a Very ME State as in I am the only one who matters. In Chicago there would have been a gapers block for mile.

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Joey Camb wrote:

I had the same thing with a pheasant once - ran out infront of a car 3 ahead - he slammed on the breaks, next car hit him and me and the other car behind just missed them by inches and were lucky nothing was coming the other way!

This is why I am glad we don't have dinosaurs. If a pheasant can cause this, just imagine...cool

 

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After a l o n g winter I am so ready to get back to work.  Innkeeping is so fulfilling to me.  ( I know it is a sickness)  wink

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We've not had a bad winter here, but it's been quiet, so yes, I'm the same. Looking forward to getting busy again. Looking forward to seeing peoples reactions when they see the new room, so that's a boost too.

It seems to start this weekend here.

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Natural attrition

Just like most restaurants have a 2 year life span.  

Our B&B has been around for over 25 years and really if it went by revenue vs lifestyle B&B it shouldn't remain open. That is the truth, if there were not other income sources, or if the innkeeper didn't have a mortgage...

It has nothing to do with mismanagement either, if anything it is managed super well to the extreme. We do everything ourselves, and I mean everything, we are cheap I am very thrifty. People come to this place from all over the world, and it has nothing to do with location location, in the least! 

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I think truth be told MOST B&B's are lifestyle B&B's.  If the owners did not have another income source they would not be able to pay the bills.  I think this is what many younger aspirings don't understand.  It takes money to buy, money to run, and money to live on....

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I can see on the council's system an application for a replacement fire escape in 1975 which means we were a B&B long enough to need a replacement before that (ie at least 10 years) and all various reasons for the change of ownership - the last 2 were

(1) sold to their son when they wanted to retire

(2) son and his wife were getting divorced and he had to pay her off + was never one for hard work of any kind

On the other thread I put a list of BB's up for sale and why they are up for sale - a variety of reasons from burnt out, retiring, property developer, staff and so on - trouble in my opinion is too many people don't understand a Bed and Breakfast is a BUSINESS and must be run like one to make money!

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Need of $$$$$$ usually gets the flame back !

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Some stiff competition is another one that gets the spark back.

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Im currently sad as quite a few of the B&B's locally round me are for sale and I worry they will become houses Sad 

Anyone fancy a BB in a busy all the year round location in the UK? 2 have sold subject to contract ie not quite there on the sale but nearly just the money to change hands - so see what they become

(1) has always been very low rent but ive never understood why - could make a ton more money with very little expenditure and a bargain price - we looked at it before we took on where we are.

The second place they have bought a country house hotel and have been renovating it - now they need to release the capital from the B&B to finish the job and launch it

3rd place - lady bought it as a project - has finished it all and now wants to sell

4th - Lady is selling to but a smaller place as getting reliable staff is hard and she is on her own

5th - we don't know - im not close enough to them to ask but think with 2 small children the living space is a bit restricted and very tying - a lovely property but you would never find it as a walk in.

6th - don't think she really knew what she was getting into and PO's painted a rather rosy picture as they wanted to retire - never pointed out for example that there was only one bedroom of owners accom and they were a family of 4 - so they all lived in 1 room for 2 years!

7th -  want to retire but its a big place and its hard to find someone with financing.

8th - want to semi retire and buy a few self catering properties

9th/10th/11th and 12th - belong to my god mother who is crackers

13th - nice place but with only 6 bedrooms is enough to support the mortgage without another income and that's a lot of cleaning to do each day.

14th - depends what day it is - again don't think they knew what they were getting into - he was made redundant so they bought a bb so she could carry on working and he could look after their 7 year old twins - they have struggled to get a good cleaner and its been very hard work for them.

 

 

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Round here it seems to go in phases, a year or two we'll loose a few B&Bs, at the moment they are starting up. A brand new one opened up just down the road from us last July, they're doing well. And found out this week that a new house build going up just outside the village is going to be a B&B too.

 

 

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I'm just a bit sad as I am close with several of the sellers and will be sad to loose my chums - however the new people may be super nice also you never know.

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Don't have a right to work in the UK. Besides, will anyone like my breakfast in the UK?

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Jon Sable wrote:

Don't have a right to work in the UK. Besides, will anyone like my breakfast in the UK?

When you see how popular the budget hotels are and see the trashy breakfasts some of them serve up I'm sure your breakfasts would go down a treat, as long as you marketed yourself correctly.

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depends what it is? - more and more BB's are bringing in a wider range of breakfast options ie one on 4 in a  bed did more of a EU style ie fresh bread, ham. cheese which is not commonly served in the UK. I personally believe people should book what they want ie guests who book a particular BB that does that menu want that menu ie the thousands of eastern Europeans who live in the UK or who are visiting from abroad it would suit them perfectly.

I believe as long as its decent portions and cooked well or if buffet plenty of it - no one minds that much

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Especially important to be around those still on fire....another reason to visit here!

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white pine wrote:

Especially important to be around those still on fire....another reason to visit here!

yes

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Yes, good points, and extra points for being a quick read!

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