Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Exciting news

We have our first booking for the World Cup next year! Yup, TSC and I are renting our spare rooms out and we've had a booking confirmation and request from three folks in the USA. For me, this will be a way of actually getting involved with the whole event. Up till now it's felt like it's been over my head. I'm excited to host guests and show them some of amazing South Africa (have always dreamt of running my own B&B) although I'm also a bit nervous! But being pushed outside of your comfort zone is usually a good thing.

In other news, I am working from home today. Why? Well, Tuesday is the day our cleaning lady and gardener come to do their thing, but yesterday the gardener couldn't make it as he was taking his sick uncle to the bus to go home to Limpopo. They think he may have TB, so he's going home to the family where he can be taken to hospital and visited.

Normally our cleaning lady, Margaret, takes care of Stephen, our gardener, while they're both here on one day a week, seeing she's been working in this house for the past seven years and knows every nook and cranny. But seeing she already came yesterday, I asked my boss if I could work from home today so there's someone around and she agreed. There's really no work to be done, so I don't think she minded at all, although I still hate asking for favours.

So now I am here, in my tracksuit, to make sure Stephen gets lunch. He's a lovely guy, but he's only worked for us on a once-a-week basis for about two months, so I'm not quite ready to leave my house open and trust him completely while I'm away for the day.

Unfortunately, seeing I primitively use the IE feed reader on my work PC to keep track of blogs, I may miss a post or two here at home. But fear not, I shall return tomorrow.

Off to check my work mail now. Just to be proper and all. Have a good one.


Anonymous said...

People are making so much money renting out their houses during the world cup, I'm jealous, my dad said I'm f-ing crazy when I said we could rent out our guest quarters, which is separate to the house :/ but anyways, cool for you, how much you charging? if you dont mind saying :)

Being Brazen said...

Having those people stay over for world cup should be very interesting.

Enjoy working from home today

Anonymous said...

holding thumbs that these USA guests are better behaved than your previous guest.

On my blog you'll see my post on "FeeeFaaa's suggested tourist tips" not sure about Jhb one but cricky their suggested to-do list for CT and DBN are downright dangerous.

po said...

Wow, cool what a good idea, and it is nice that the couple will be treated to the personal touch of being looked by a sweet and sunny South African like you!

Shayne said...

Wow that's great news. How did you advertise ?

Enjoy yr tracky day at home - how divine.

Helen said...

Sounds awesome! Enjoy working in your tracksuit, I envy your self-discipline, if I try and work from home I just end up napping the day away...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're having an altogether good day... which is so nice.

I hope everything for you mini B&B workout and that you enjoy your time away from the office.

Tamara said...

Anon: $35 - $45 per person per night, depending on the arrangement.

Brazen: I think so ;-)

Mywindowsill: Ja, the Joberg website recommends using minibus taxis to travel. Not a good idea in JHB!

Po: Awww... you can lodge for free if you ever come to JHB ;-)

Shayne: A website called

Helen: I am actually far, far more productive at home for some reason.

Paula: Thank you, sweetpea. Much appreciated.

Damaria Senne said...

that is fabulous news. You'll be able tonice way to be actively in the world cup soccer and make some money in the bargain.

Anonymous said...

That's so awesome, I told my mom they should rent out the spare room. It's cluttered with all her craft stuff though so I doubt it'll happen. :)

I'm sure they'll enjoy their stay with you guys though. :)

boldly benny said...

Woohoo! That's awesome T :)

angel said...

I am working my way through my Google reader every day!