2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appAlmost two years ago my husband and I moved to an idyllic West Country spot, where we are restoring and adapting a barn conversion. Our problem is visitors! We have had a steady stream of people all last year and over Christmas; some invited, others who just want to “see where we are” – usually for three or four days!
I don’t mind the company, and I like to cook great meals for everyone, but I fear our food budget and wine cellar cannot stand another season of this. Once the renovations are complete we shall have a completely separate area for visitors, but this is at least a year away I fear.
As we approach the early spring (the West Country is always ahead) I hope you can advise me before I get too resentful, rather than enjoying the company of those who come to stay.
Ha! This is what’s known as a first-world problem. Which doesn’t make it any less of a problem for you, I realise. But the phrase “rod for your own back” springs to mind. You’re simply being too accommodating with everyone, so it’s time to put your foot down.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIt actually won’t be that hard. Make a list of all your visitors’ emails and send them a group message. Say the coming year is going to be super-busy while you get the new guest accommodation finished, and you just won’t have the time or energy to put people up in the main house.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appSo, much as you’d love to see everyone, it’s a pleasure you must deny yourself for the next 12 months. Tell them explicitly that you don’t want any “surprise” visits as they would throw you completely off schedule.
If anyone is thick-skinned enough to show up uninvited after that, be strong. Offer them a cup of tea and then escort them firmly to the gate.