Monday, 29 November 2010

In limbo

Well we haven't done one of these for a while so thought we'd better buck our ideas up and get blogging again :)

Update on the business is that we are currently in limbo. The news is as follows.....

Our investor tried to put in an offer, but the estate agent didn't return their call. Someone else has made an offer on the property and our advice now is to 'sit it out and see what happens', well fat lot of good that is doing us! We just  wish they had understood the importance of the place in Dolgellau as it was in a fantastic location and had huge potential in the tourism market. We sat on our laurels a bit and let them call the shots when what we should have done is shown a bit of initiative. That way our offer would have been withdrawn sooner and they may have had their offer looked at prior to the new bids. We think they made a mistake in asking us to keep our offer in for so long, but seeing as they are 'in the business' and we are just small fry we assumed they were making the right decision. Our advice would be to never assume anything and go with your gut instinct.

So, we are back to trawling the 'for sale' pages here, there and everywhere in the hope that something equally as appealing shows up at the right price (would help if we knew what that price might be too!) and in the right location. The investor is still interested in the business idea so all is not lost and we have a few other properties in sight.

We know that they are not necessarily in a hurry to start the business but we certainly are, the sooner the better for us really, but of course we still have to ensure that it is a viable proposition. At least this time there will be no pussy footing about with offers if they are interested!

Wish us luck.


Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Interesting Times

Slowly but surely we are making progress. Yesterday we received a phone call from our middle man to say they would be putting in an offer for the farm today. Their business is in property and land so they know what they are doing but I feel there will be some time spent on negotiating to get a price they are happy with.
Of course it is good news for us as it means the report was coherent, informed and well received by the investor. We have a sneaking suspicion that they have been up there to view it themselves as I don't think they would put in an offer 'blind' just on our say so, they are far too business minded for that.

So we are back to the waiting game but the excitement is simmering, and we can't wait to get up there and get started on the work needed to bring the campsite up to scratch and open for business!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Broccoli Soup and A&E...

Was nearing end of day at work on Friday, close to closing shop when I had a fight with a large pot of Broccoli soup. It had been sitting there all day, such a shame none of the punters were interested in eating it as there would have been far less to fight with ! It was my fault to a degree as I didn't use a cloth when moving it, but it is not  a well designed pot with no rim to speak of. I burnt my finger and dropped the entire lot, which bounced on the counter, splashing my face and then catapulted all over me. My chest, arm and leg were absolutely covered. It seriously hurt I can tell you.  I yanked of my jumper but the damage was already done on my elbow. The first aid I recieved was very good, but me being me I declined an ambulance, said I would be fine soon and wanted to drive home. Luckily Joe (1st aid guy) realised it was bad and rang the ambulance anyway.

Friday night is not a good time to be going to A&E so I was there from 7 - 11.30 pm. It was rather amusing as I was covered in strange gunk and smelled of broccoli, I was getting some very strange looks I can tell you ! Finally the 2 women siting near me broke the silence and I had a chance to explain what the gunk was...the relief on their faces was palpable lol. We ended up chatting for a couple of hours, was rather pleasant in the end :)

I have had the dressing changed today, there is still a lot of blistering but the wound is clean which is a godsend. Need to get the dressing changed again on Thursday. It is more painful now than yestrday but maybe that is because I had a chance to study it today !!

I am not after sympathy, just warning about the dangers of Broccoli soup and the damage it can do, be careful out there folks :) lol