So days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 all go swimmingly: Tom cleaned and painted whilst I walked the dogs, entertained my baby brother and cooked for us all (which means cooking for 5!). Days 6, 7 and 8 go in a similar fashion except that I have lost my baby brother (back to normal life) and in between walking hounds and cooking, I got to do some toilet scrubbing (great!!) and some painting, and then some more cleaning but we are definitely making progress. By the evening of Day 9, all the rooms are clean and repainted. For Days 10 and 11, we had planned putting the lodge back together.
I must also add as it is fairly relevant and ironic:
From Day 1, all the way to day 9 we had been waiting for rain! Our rainfall in January has been REALLY low so I had been doing some little rain dances when I was walking the dogs and I didn't think anyone was watching - obviously in Malawi there is probably always somebody watching! Maybe I got extra brownie points for having witnesses to my weird and wee bit ridic...
We are offering 20% off - yes 20%!! Until the beginning of the Easter holidays! So come on over and enjoy the cool air, the amazing views, the super green hikes and of course some delicious food! Or you could come and do absolutely nothing, enjoy the hammock and the gardens, read a book, listen to the silence… although the birds can cause quite a racket sometimes :) And we will still feed you some delicious food because whether you have been hiking or doing nothing, relaxation is serious business and the food is just one part of it :)
Nope, we are not going away. We are certainly not doing anything exciting either (Tom might dispute that)!
We are perfecting the art of the working staycation, meaning that we will be working, or more specifically, we (meaning he) will be painting. I would much rather be doing something else, I would rather in fact be doing nothing but in fairness my job requires me to walk the dogs and feed the beast (Tom), interspersed with a bit of painting. Tom will be painting, painting and painting - he loves it!