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