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February 20, 2018

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To the Manor Reborn

February 20, 2018

Sometimes you've got to step back & re-assess things to make sure you're on the right path, and we've done just that. 

 

The last 6 years have been very eventful for us, Val & I both lost close family members, we moved here, and despite having worked in IT up to then, we ran Ballinkeele as a bed & breakfast - though that term doesn't quite to do it justice!   We met so many lovely people and cooked up a storm, all the while raising our 4 gorgeous rambunctious children.  To cut a long story short - we burned out.

 

We closed and even considered leaving Ballinkeele for good - but we just couldn't do it - it's just too wonderful here, despite the pressures of caring for a large piece of Irish heritage by ourselves!

 

It was a steep learning curve, learning how to run our own business and believe it or not it takes a certain type of skill to live in a house like this.  You really never know what it's going to throw at you!  Thankfully, Val is incredibly handly - I don't think there's a piece of machinery he can't operate & believe me we have a lot!!!

 

And so begins the next chapter for us and for Ballinkeele.  A very exciting event happens on Thursday and it's been so long in the planning that I can hardly believe it's nearly here.  In preperation for it we turned this:

 

 Into this:

It's all in a good cause, we promise, and we were very careful that any changes we made could be reversed.

 

In other preperations we turned our laundry room...

Into a bombsite - but it's been re-plastered and all will be well when the bathroom suite arrives!

 

Unfortunately all my 'before and afters', look worse after!  Actually not all - we removed an old diesel tank from the front of the house (I know!) and it looks amazing now - but typically I forgot to take an after picture because the rain arrived & we dashed back in for tea!

 

 

 

 

We also found a way into The Upsidedown...  as you do!

 

 

This week will bring lots of positive changes and will finally feel like going forward instead of back for a change.

 

Oh and I couldn't finish this blog post without mentioning this - our new website and this my new blog.  I have been intending to do both for a very long time, so this is quite a milestone for me.  More updates on our progress to come soon - Night, night!

 

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