Dordogne Damsel

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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 20:01

You too Punkdoc, please an update, you don't sound well at all? 

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 19:52

😁 Poor dog, although he probably deserved it, shame about the huge expense though. Waste of good Chocolat too. 🤔

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 19:46

Oops, on the ball with these things. 

Hoping things will settle down a bit soon, or at least as I get busier I can afford more help and will have some free time and not be exhausted all the time. The B& B has been full for the last 10 days, all business men who want early Breakfasts, the Tea Room opens at 10, so between 8 and 10 I have to do room, go to the supermarket, bank, recycling centre, make myself presentable and whip up enough cakes to last the day. All a bit hectic. But, really not complaining, it will get easier and the big set up bills will diminish. I am living in the house that Jack built, every week I find a new leak or an electrical fault ( the boiler included) so always an expense. I do feel I'm getting over the worst, or am I getting just resigned to it. 

So, that's my update. I will try and pop in more frequently, much love to you all, still very fond memories of all your supportive messages. XXX Apologies to new members who have no idea of my "back story" and apologies also for long post. 

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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 19:35

Hi all, hope everything is ok with everyone. 😁

All good here, although working excessively long hours. In the main I am very happy, I love the tea Room and the clients are extremely appreciative. The French tax system and bureaucracy are still driving me mad. My wage bill for oct/nov/Dec was a bit steep as staff were under contract from summer and there was no way out of it until the contracts ended on 18th December. Managed to cover that expense and then just received a employees tax bill nearly as high as wage bill which I'm apparently liable for. I will have to pay weekly (very weakly) to get through it, but in the meantime I am working much of the time alone because I can't afford the implications of paying staff. We live and learn, I have a different system organised for the busier months now, using self employed contractors, not ideal as no loyalty, but way cheaper. Personal life a bit of a disaster, me and Charlie are fine, he is adorable, the kittens are adorable too, but ex has caused no end of heartache, especially over Xmas. I've had an admirer, but it's come to nothing, probably for the best anyway. 

Big plans for the garden, I think come summer, late spring even, we are going to be very busy, busy enough now with limited tables, so with a super outdoor space to utilize, and a year's worth of experience, I really am hoping to 'make hay', enough to get me through the following winter anyway. 

I'm sorry not to get on here more frequently, my days are just full, any time on the computer is used to keep Château de Gâteaux Facebook page updated, & Twitter and Instagram. It's so important to be on the bal

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 19:09

Hello, 😀

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 01/01/2018 at 08:06

Happy New Year to All! 

Sorry to be an absent friend for so long, just really busy but all is well in my Chateau de Gateaux world. I promise to find time to pop in more often, especially as the garden makeover will be beginning soon - lots of advice and tips sought. 

I hope you are all well dear friends. xxxx

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 07:17

Dove, I had a feeling you might say that, and Obelixx too I think. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 25/10/2017 at 06:55


My friend from England brought me wallflowers over, she is a force to be reckoned with . Customs were clearly put in there place when they tried to take them off her at the airport, in fact one of them was instructed to go and buy some and told how to grow them . Finally managed to close tearoom at 7:15pm the last lot that tried to get in (past closed gate and 'we are shut' sign) had to be content with takeaway cakes and promised to come earlier next time. 

So, we managed to get out for a lovely meal in a local restaurant, my 1st choice restaurant have closed up for the holidays ( so many do ??) but 2nd choice was good. My French friend (Val) had andouillette much to our disgust, but at least it didn't smell like they can sometimes. She thought it was marvellous. 

Charlie & Val went Geo-caching yesterday in a local chateau, had a super time, walked 4 kms doing it across hill and dale, unfortunately poor Val just had 'normal' shoes on, not realising before what was ahead, so pretty sore feet and mucky shoes on return. 

Ok, off to make apple  cinnamin cake now and pork, cider & apple pie for lunch with produce from autumn fair. Pics below, our house in the background. 

Have a good day all, cynics and grumpy old men too. 


Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 24/10/2017 at 07:32


Sorry to hear about your knee Dove, sounds a real nuisance.

Chllly here. I managed to watch about 5 minutes of Autumn Watch (inbetween serving starters and main courses) the foxes, very sweet.

Other than that it was just work, work ,work last night and still loading the dishwasher this morning. Actually ran out of cake yesterday, I was down to one piece of Gluten Free Orange & Polenta cake and then even that went. Luckily freezer well stocked so just have to get the icing bag out.

My poor friends were somewhat abandoned as customers just kept coming in, hopefully today will be a bit calmer, I havent got any evening meals booked tonight and might well just shut the door at 6pm and hide.

Good luck with the horse BL, don't stand too close. 

Must go, so much to do and so little time. Good day to all. 

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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 23/10/2017 at 07:19

Morning everyone. :)

Just popped in briefly, managed a quick read back a few days ago too, so I am trying to keep up. Very sad to see you are not well Punkdoc, and worried about OH. Can't advise but each of you worrying silently about the other doesn't make anyone's life easier. Probably the best wasy to find out what she needs is to ask her, although there is a good chance that she will say she is fine, Tricky. I send hugs and best wishes to you both. 

My gardening expert friend arrives today to 'organise' my garden. I have no available funds at the moment for gardening, so it will all be paper planning, but will be good to see her ideas.  

My French friend is also coming for the week to spend time with Charlie whilst he is on holiday, timing is perfect, I can't get out to do all the things with him I used to do, so her being able to take him is great, she adores him and he her, they just spend all the time laughing and giggling and cuddling. She is only 27 (really 27) so has all the energy to keep up with him. 

Best wishes to all, hope the weather is treating you kindly, bit chilly here but warmer later in the week. 

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