What Can I Say!
The delay between bulletins is getting longer and longer as our spare time gets shorter and shorter. Summer is drawing into autumn but there are still a lot of tourists about and we are keeping busy. Occupation of the rooms is picking up and we are becoming quite international. Annette, Garry, Mike and Sue (see picture above) are the furthest travelled, hailing from Perth, Western Australia having booked their rooms before we even opened. Cathy and Tim from Florida stayed two nights and we have had South Africans, Israelis, Italians, Dutch, Belgians, Swiss, Germans, English, Scots, Welsh, and not forgetting lots of French.
Our German BMW tour guide brought another group of bikers for lunch and has booked for next May when the tours start again!! We also have three rooms booked from 28th December through to 2nd January.
Our little band of regulars is growing by the week and they arrive bearing gifts. The fruit this year has been incredible and we have been kept well stocked with plums, apples, pears, walnuts, hazelnuts and as I write the mushrooms (or more correctly, fungi) have started arriving. Now these aren’t the little round white things that deck the shelves of Tesco and Sainsbury, these look like those in fairytale illustrations that normally have a goblin or fairy perched on them. Jean-Pierre not only arrives with them but has cooking instructions as well, which is quite unusual considering he is a plumber by trade.
Rugby World Cup Fever….
The Rugby World Cup has been great for us and although attendance started slowly it grew and grew. For France – New Zealand we had 40 plus and at the end of the game we had a queue form at the bar to book their seats for the France – England showdown.
40 plus reserved for dinner (for which we did a choice of boeuf bourguignon or chilli con carné) and they were told that the kitchen would shut ten minutes before the match and if they hadn’t had dessert they would have to wait till halftime. We served 23 desserts at halftime!! It was a noisy night as in addition to those dining we had another 25-30 in the bar plus the eight who were staying the weekend (all the rooms were booked). It was hard work but it was a record weekend for our takings. But the French are a funny lot and now they’ve been knocked out interest has waned and they are concentrating on the European Cup qualifiers for the football. Saturday night for England-South Africa we were twelve in total!
The weather has been incredible the last six weeks. They had no rain for the vendange at the end of August into September and we can still serve lunch outside. The evenings are a bit fresh but during the day the sun shines – a real Indian summer.
It’s set to stay like this for the next week which is good as Chardonnay holds the annual Tournuscimes on Sunday 21st, and between 3000 to 4000 people are anticipated. It will be interesting to see how much business we can get off the back of it, not so much on the day but for the future as awareness of Le Chardon spreads.