Ten Years And Counting.

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Ten years ago yesterday we collected the keys from the solicitors office in Inverness, then drove out to this house ready to begin our new adventure. It was the end of a very stressful time thanks to problems with the sale of our previous house.  We walked around the garden first before we entered the house, wanting to savor the moment.

I remember that day so clearly, but two things really stick in my mind, the yellow daffs at the front of the house were still in bloom despite it being late April and I remember thinking and saying to DH.... "I can't believe we own this".

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My first day into our new adventure was a rocky start. We had just had our movers drop off all our furniture and 475 boxes. hubby need some papers so I went looking for them. It is a 5 level house. I started at the top and worked my way down. Finally at the bottom level I came opened up the door. Wow the smell!!! I walked in and followed the smell only to find out the hot water heater had just opened up, IT WAS wall to wall carpet down there. So ran up to top floor screaming for hubby. He came running down. Here it is Sunday and we knew no one in this place. So we ran next door and  asked for help. he gave us the phone book and we started to call any number this wonderful young man came right over .He drained the hot water  heater and came early Monday morning with a new replacement. . The fellow was the only one that had answered his phone and came right over. Even though it was a Sunday.

then1 week later our pipes broke in the kitchen and spilt water into the the next level ceiling and out the walls onto the bed room floor. then three weeks later the second level kitchen pipes broke and spilled water to the bottom level and out on to the side walk. What a mess. We both looked at each other.. We thought the same thing .What the h #^+.Maybe we should of not bought this place,...After a few months and we were all dried out . We began our new adventure and have never looked back.14 years as of  May of this year. We are still going . Maybe as not as fast as we   used to be. I think we have maybe a few more years left in us.  Then we will be into our 70 years old and maybe this time we will really retire?

H. John congratulations on your tenth year . May you and your lovely wife have many more a years. All the best to you both.smiley

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man that is some serious jinx! mind you I always think if you can deal with that you can take on anything!

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Dear Highlands John, it is a reply only for you. I liked your story. The adventure you got is really amazing for me.

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Congratulations HJ! The night before we closed on our property my husband and I watched The Money Pit. We laughed until we cried watching it. The next day, after we closed, we took the keys and tried to open the front door. The doorknob fell off in our hands. We both looked at each other in shocked horror, not knowing whether we should laugh or cry! That was 18 years ago and I'm happy to say that we've mostly laughed since.

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The first time I gave a talk as part of an Aspiring Panel, I opened with, "Have you seen the movie The Money Pit? Watch it." Then I proceeded to tell them why I love it.

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Love that film!!!!! made DH watch it and I refer to it with guests some times!!!!

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 heart Congratulations!!!

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I'll add my congratulations too.  I bet the past 10 years have gone by very quickly for you.  My 7 years have flown by.

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And so it goes.. .. another happy keeper.... our tenth year approaches as well. Last trip to Scotland did not include the highlands, but our next trip will. Perhaps we will meet someday.

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Our first weeks were very stressful (mind you have you ever met anyone who says any move is a smooth ride?)

We had set our house to be rented out for 2 weeks after the move - basement we were supposed to move into still wasn't finished so we had to move in to my parents house with no stuff as all packed up. DH was working full time and no help - so I did full time plus all the packing and sorting

Just got moved in, in the coldest winter we have had in a long time while the builders were still finishing up and all the pipes froze and burst.

Then the sewer disconnected itself from the mains and poured raw sewage directly into our flat through the wall.

All while trying to find our feet, decipher PO's lunatic booking system which kept popping up people we weren't expecting or alternatively they didn't show and no contact details

Plus being freezing cold because DH didn't listen to me about shutting  and locking the windows (they are very heavy units) so they crept open so we had our windows open all winter! (blinds were over them)

and the boiler packed in twice for 2 different reasons

You just couldn't make it up!

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yes  Awesome!

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It is wonderful that you still appreciate those first moments and hold their memory dear.  We first saw this house just a bit over 26 years ago with the same kind of amazement and daffodils in bloom.  We weren't looking for a house but we got so emotional  over the beautiful location that we made a full price offer within 30 minutes and sealed the deal.  There has not been one second of regret, even though we work out butts off to keep this place going!  

Congratulations on many levels.  If your relationship has survived inn keeping for that long  you are in it for the long haul! heart

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Although there was no planning in this, just a freak alignment of the stars, our anniversary is the same day that we moved into this house. This year was our 24th, I think a big party might be in the offing for next year. 

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Highlands John wrote:

Although there was no planning in this, just a freak alignment of the stars, our anniversary is the same day that we moved into this house. This year was our 24th, I think a big party might be in the offing for next year. 

Is that an invitation? Eye-wink

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It is wonderful that you still appreciate those first moments and hold their memory dear.  We first saw this house just a bit over 26 years ago with the same kind of amazement and daffodils in bloom.  We weren't looking for a house but we got so emotional  over the beautiful location that we made a full price offer within 30 minutes and sealed the deal.  There has not been one second of regret, even though we work out butts off to keep this place going!  

Congratulations on many levels.  If your relationship has survived inn keeping for that long  you are in it for the long haul! heart

May I ask for your prauers that the same strong emotional connection hits someone looking to buy our B&B. 

I am so happy for those who look IN SEASON with the lawn green, the flowers blooming and everything happy. We had some look in winter and it was like "Why bother!" the place looks dark dreary and not anything like it does today, right now. We have an amazing curb appeal, and THAT is what I want to sell them, to clinch the deal!

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We viewed this house in February, so a winter sale is not impossible.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

May I ask for your prauers that the same strong emotional connection hits someone looking to buy our B&B. 

I am so happy for those who look IN SEASON with the lawn green, the flowers blooming and everything happy. We had some look in winter and it was like "Why bother!" the place looks dark dreary and not anything like it does today, right now. We have an amazing curb appeal, and THAT is what I want to sell them, to clinch the deal!

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Amen and Amen and for Mine too!!! 

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JB, hang in there girl.  Your place is beautiful...it just takes the right one (with some resources) to see it!  It was a whole lot easier to get $ in 1988 than it is now, and we bought it as a home, not a business.  The business was born because we bought it so fast that we never figured out how we would make enough money to renovate the house AND live here.  Were we stupid?.....or wicked lucky?

Disclaimer: I do not recommend that any wanna be inn keepers go into business as impulsively as we did.

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you are lucky to have that memory - frankly my first month at least is a complete blur!

My friend Bev's memory is Lillian (PO) chucking the keys at her as she ran out of the door!

 

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Sweet! Congrats!

You know what I said? What have YOU done???

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Congrats!  And what a lovely memory.  Thanks for sharing!

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Congratulations HJ, and give DH a hug from us too, that is remarkable, you are stellar innkeepers! You have innspired me with your thoughtfulness, your outdoor photography and more. You never know whose life you will touch.

I have to admit I even love your bad guest stories and funny events like chaos in the kitchen. yes A milestone worthy of celebrating!

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Shall I ask? Who carried who over the threshold.

And before you ask, we are both too big to even contemplate that.. instead as with my family tradition, we entered with bread and salt.

 

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Jon Sable wrote:

Shall I ask? Who carried who over the threshold.

And before you ask, we are both too big to even contemplate that.. instead as with my family tradition, we entered with bread and salt.

 

I would like to have been a fly on the wall if you DID attempt that! 

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And the doctor to repair my hernia?

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With us, even then when he was crutchless, DH could not pick up anyone bigger than a toddler. Even when we got married, picking ME up was out of the question. Sigh!

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Wonderful!! Congrats to you both.

It is memorable - the day after Thanksgiving 2013 was 19 years anniversary for this house. It is a total thrill to be able to say - THIS is ours! May you enjoy many, many more years there.

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You made me cry.   I love the image of the walk in the garden and how you specifically remember the daffodils. 

And I totally relate to how it is a whole year in the making!   Not a one day thing.

Congratulations on your anniversary!!!!!    And on your love for your house and business.

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Congratulations on your 10 anniv!

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