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There is a long-standing joke in the hospitality industry about how wonderful it would be to have a lodge with no guests. The vision: peacefully enjoying stunning scenery, fantastic facilities, delicious food, the extensive gin bar, gigantic fluffy beds, lie-ins, sipping MCC on the deck of the Harford Library, outside showers overlooking Zululand, swims in the pool, and no guests to cook and do laundry for, to give free reign over the pool to, or asking for spiders to be removed from their rooms.
Oh, how we will never be able to make that joke again!
The dark reality of a lodge with no guests is, quite simply, a lodge with no income. The reality is walking past a quiet, dark kitchen to come down to a quiet, empty office each morning. We can’t hear Grace singing, and meal-times are far less social affairs.
A week in, however, and we are starting to get used to this temporary new way of life.
We have started once again to appreciate - after several weeks of worry and late nights - the sunsets, the giraffe, the mountain of Isandlwana being illuminated by the five o’clock light each day, the flowers in the gardens, and the Trumpeter Hornbill who comes to visit every morning.
We have had tea together on the lawn, and a gin and tonic at the bar. We are keeping busy by walking the dogs, catching up on administration and maintenance work, and ensuring that we do not have contact with the world outside of our closed gates. We are taking every step to prepare for the day that the gates can be re-opened – we will be ready for business as usually, whenever that may be.
We cannot wait until the day that guests drive through the gates once more. We look forward to jovial meal-times, drinks and stories around the fire, and even to responding to sometimes irksome questions! We also cannot wait to get back out on the battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal, to remember the stories of the brave men who fought and lay buried.
In the meanwhile, Douglas is working on quite an exciting new project (aside from Daisy’s new chicken house!) and is looking at telling stories from afar, via the internet that we recently had upgraded for our guests to enjoy...watch this space.
As the world around us changes, so do these posts.