Dordogne Damsel

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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 07:19

Good Morning All  Long lost DD here. 

It's just a quick pop in I'm afraid, just to let you know I'm alive and kicking. The tearoom is going really well, getting lots of regulars now, mainly French too which is a big but welcome surprise. The B&B has been full every night since the day I opened it, last night was the first free night, hence the opportunity to say hello. 

We've not stopped and now thankfully we are getting straight, I've moved in properly and can now find my clothes when I get up in the morning, the garage and basement are clear of all the rubbish and everything has a 'home'. And, yesterday my television was finally connected! Charlie also has his computer linked up although he's spent the summer doing sleepovers at all his friend's and is off camping on a horse riding week-end on Friday. 

I have a great team here, we are working brilliantly together and one last thing before I go (we open at 8:30) a TV crew spent the day here on Thursday, filming the 'English Abroad'. It's going out one night this week on a news channel, I'll add the link when I get it (if it is not too embarrassing). 

I must go, I miss you all and the chatter, I'll be back soon, best wishes to everyone, hope you are all well. xxx Have one of my latest creations. 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 08:20

Hello all, 

I'm still alive and kicking and enjoying life immensly (can't spell that but a lot) just manic, manic, manic in a nice way. Everyone wants to talk to me and be shown around the house. we have the upstairs Art Gallery open now and the artists all came for coffee yesterday and are organising a vernissage for an evening in October, all very exciting. 

I hope you are all ok, off to make a courgette cake again (thanks Dove) and a Victoria Sponge pre- ordered as a whole takeaway cake for a French Birthday party - didn't see that coming. 

Must dash,one day I will sit down. xx

P.S. The chef is adorable and I sort of had a date on Wednesday evening, (the man who built my terrace) but it went wrong because the clients were still here so we had a 'date' on the terrace whilst I worked  He was very understanding and we had a lovely chat over a glass of wine. He hasn't phoned again for a second one though. 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 22:51

P.S. Lizzie, I've lost the phone number of he teacup lady - they are beautiful, please pass on my thanks, they are really beautiful. 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 22:48

Hello & Good night at the same time. 

Living the dream here. Exhausted but happy. Have a full time chef starting Friday, I can't cope with the volume of customers A-maz - ing. :)

I hope you are all well, no time to read back I'm afraid, just doing my food orders and 'specials' for tomorrow, have a 14 booked in for lunch on Friday. I've had to cancel my holiday, but Daddy is going in my place with Charlie. It cost more to change the name on the flight than the ticket to start with, but Charlie gets his holiday. Charlie is feeling a bit put out at the moment, not used to being 2nd in the pecking order. We have had lots of cuddles and reassurances and I am hoping when the chef starts I will have a bit more free time to spend with him. He so wants to help, but with 30 odd people all waiting for lunch he is more of a hindrance. Luckily, some Americans fell in love with him today and kept him occupied teaching them French for an hour or more. 

I spent 20 minutes gardening today, so excited about the potential, but then got a  'check on 'and had to leave it. 

Anyway, take care all, making a courgette cake in the morning - thanks Dove.  Also did a gluten free carrot cake today, it was yummy. 

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 06:34

Some pics, I hope they reflect the really super atmosphere, I am a real people pleaser (sometimes too much) but this is exactly what I was hoping to create. 

Right off to the tip now to get rid of removal rubbish and then the market for fresh salad before I open at 8:30. Have a good day all, baking a banana loaf soon, a slice anyone?? 

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 05:49


Another busy day yesterday, a great success, English Breakfasts, Afternoon Teas and champagne sold. ๐Ÿ˜

A lot of French people came too so I was pleased with that,  a lot here for the summer in their 'maison secondaires with promises to return à bientôt. ๐Ÿ˜Charlie's dad and I had a conversation, hopefully he will understand the boundaries now.

Lizzie, I got the tea set, fabulous only managed to open the box late last night,i t really is superb ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 20:38

Thanks everyone! I am so tired but just don't want to go to sleep, have so much I want to do. But, tonight, I am going now because I have a busy day ahead and I am hoping all my buzzing ideas will settle.

They are - so far - Garden Parties (lower lawn can be privatized/ sectioned off , saw a lovely sign that said VIP's only, I can see a fancy rope sectioning them off.  Have a booking for a 60th and a 70th already.....

Children's parties in same lawned area (well it's a bit scrubby at the moment, but I can fix that) , I will do the invitations and party bags included, take all the hassle from the mums, my best friend is an award winning child entertainer and wants to 'play'.....

Wine tasting evenings, whisky tasting evenings, English Conversation evenings, cocktails for ladies that lunch - tennis on the lawn (watching, not doing, with strawberries and cream and probably Pimms and/or champagne........

I must sleep. I am so buzzing and I am now going to make a tiny herb garden in my well and a miniature wildlife pond in my ' clothes scrubbing sink, complete with pump from the stream at the bottom of the garden.

I can also see sweet peas climbing up the garage wall near the terrace and a fragrant garden next to it.....

Oh, I must sleep. Been really busy, love my customers. 

You are a fantastic bunch on here, can't believe the support I have had, there has been so much positivity it's amazing. 

My ex OH has been trying to 'help me,' but last night showed his true colours, shouting and swearing etc, etc. wanting to take control because I "don't know what I am doing" . Well it was so nice to be able to shut the door on him and tell him to go home and leave me alone. I love my house, I love Charlie being here with me with his enthusiasm, and I love the fact that so many people appreciate the best the English have to offer. And I love the cake. 

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 06:58

Morning All, :)

I am so sorry to have neglected you all, it's been a trifle hectic here. 

We are loving it, the customers are loving it and we have learned so much in just a few days. We have had 5 online reviews all 5 stars and I am so proud of my little team here. one lady, Tsitsi, is Georgian and has a very difficult life and arrived in France just under a year ago. She has been searching for a job ever since, she is actually an academic in her own country but it is not possible to do that work here. Anyway, from being the quietest, shy little person she has blossomed this week, has learned so much and works so hard, I am so pleased I was able to find her some work. 

Thanks Lizzie for the visit, it was super to see you both and we are getting a bit more organised here now, we have a full menu for every table and we all know the table numbers now. 

I had to take a photo to share with you at the crack of dawn so it's a bit dark but I wanted to make time to put it on. Now I must dash, we have to do it all. over again today, my dream has come true.  

And the before one.....

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 03:40

Good morning/evening๐Ÿ˜

Just quick update. Chateau de Gâteaux has been a huge success in the opening weekend, utterly amazing. 

Extremely hard work, some very steep learning curves dealt with. A great experience, a great team of helpers and I just can't sleep, haven't even been to bed. I've just rearranged the kitchen again (3rd time). ๐Ÿ˜


I have a long list of things to do tomorrow, thankfully mostly paperwork, I hate to say it but I hope we have a quiet Monday, I really need to catch up with my personal life. I haven't quite finished moving in yet and have definitely run out if clothing, 

I will try & post some pictures tomorrow but just wanted to let you all know I survived. The first customer arrived at 9:00 on Saturday morning, last ones left at 22:00hrs, Sunday from 10am there was never a moment we didn't have a bum on seat until 19:30 hrs. Amazing weekend. Took loads of dosh too. 

Also have reservations, lunch tomorrow for 6 people, they already had afternoon tea today and breakfast yesterday and in August a lady has booked Afternoon Tea on the lawn for 30 ladies. 

Must go, need to rearrange my office ( well get a bigger box than the shoe one I started with yesterday for the takings.  ;) 

Goodbye, don't think I can say goodnight, it's getting light. 

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 07:26

Friday night here we are having a menu testing evening, can you all join me for a virtual taste, I''ll put up pictures and we can have a thumbs up or down. ? 

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Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

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