So begins another Blog! And thanks to everyone for very kind comments on my return - nice to be back indeed.
Since arriving in Harare, we have actually been quite busy - despite the fact that I do not yet have formal employment, and the reason for our industry is that we have been getting things into shape at our rented home. Lots to do, but the busy days, muddy feet and paint-smeared hands are mostly behind us.
One of the things we have been tidying up has been the flat attached to the house, which we are almost ready to let out as a B&B option for folk coming to Harare. So today's Blog is simply going to be a tour of the flat - which I think is looking pretty snappy!
If any of you need accommodation in Ha-ha-ha-rare, or have folk coming into the country needing a night or two, please contact me via email and I will send you costs and directions. Be warned, though, that we can only accommodate 2 people (and 2 kids on mattresses at a squeeze), so you will need to book as early as possible. Initial cost of the flat, regardless of how many folk are staying, is $50 per night.
I hope you noticed the stylized painting on the wall? I have found a woman who paints these great, vibrant and fun pictures - which she sells at $10 each, and I then have them framed! What a winner.
The flat has satellite television with over 130 channels, and there is access to the internet - though only for email and catching up on Facebook. Our system is a little too small and slow for downloading movies! We also have a generator for back-up in the dreaded Harare power-cuts.
There is a small kitchenette - with microwave, kettle, fridge, and gas stove, and we supply all cutlery and crockery. We will also provide frozen meals (home-cooked) at a small additional cost for dinner, and provide a self-service Continental breakfast (included in the rate), of yoghurt, cereals, toast, fruit and tea/coffee.
This is a photo of the bedroom - we still need bedside tables and a lampshade or two but it is almost complete. The bedroom has 2 Twin beds, and a bathroom off to the side (out of picture). I am also waiting for a picture to come from the framing centre.
Despite not being quite ready, we have already had our first 'guests' - and the children have had their friends to stay, helping us iron out the wrinkles...
Little do my daughters know, or even suspect, that I am deducting the cost of the accommodation from their pocket money, and despite the fact that I have given them a 10% discount, they are not going to be receiving pocket money for the next few years!
Life is GOOD!
Have a great day!