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To the rear of the old farmhouse was an extension. Which gave us with the original house, seven bedrooms, five ensuite, 3 other bathrooms, dining room, sitting room, library, snug and a quarter acre of land/garden. The b&b consisted of 3 letting bedrooms, all ensuite. Any more would have made us a guest house, lots more rules and regulations and work for us!
Just the 2 of us. We won many awards. For Green Tourism (Gold award). The first b&b in the area to get the Ancestral Tourism Award, etc.
We ran the b&b for 9 years and loved every minute.
We had space for rescued ducks.
Then I became ill. I had one of the bird flu or swine flu cannot remember which and was subsequently diagnosed with COPD as a result. So - enough. I was going to be unable to change beds, clean, cook a 3 course evening meal. So (eventually) we downsized.
That is when I decided to take up art. Hadnt really done art since secondary school. I had been accepted at the local art college, but my Dad said I had to get a 'proper job.'
Wednesday Art Group. This was a class. Due to health problems of the teacher it became a group as we all enjoyed being together and doing art.
Well Art has been my lifesaver. It restores my mental balance, switches off the stress button, makes me happy.
2011 is when I lifted a paintbrush again. I would recommend art in any way shape or form to anyone.
Art - my life saver.