So, today’s post is coming to you from my garden.
Yes, you read that correctly. It was a 31° C day today – not quite a scorcher, but hot enough. I just came back from taking Daisy for her walk, and the lovely cool breeze blowing at the moment persuaded me to take a seat at the patio table, with my glass of wine and my laptop.
I encountered a bit of a moral dilemma today. This specific issue has come up before, and my SO* and I talked about it a bit, and then I let it go. I was also really not sure if this is the place to discuss it, but I thought – this is a global platform, and I’ll surely get a few opinions on the matter. So, here goes…
I’ve got this little guesthouse, as I’ve mentioned before. And I have come to realize that it is often used as a place for trysts. (Oh, and right there, I’ve shown you my very conservative side…) Nothing has been said to confirm it, except once, when the couple was leaving, the woman said to me – ‘we were never here.’ Clear enough. But I KNOW that other couples have used the place for the same ‘thing’.
Number one, I do not want to become known as ‘the place to go if you’re having an affair’!!!! NOOOO!!! Number two, if I turn a blind eye, which I’ve pretty much been doing up to now, I am condoning what they are doing, which I’m not. Number three, I know what they are doing actually has nothing to do with me, and their money is as good as anybody else’s money, (so just take it and shut up), but since it is happening under my nose, I know what is happening and that makes it my business.
You see my dilemma?
This is the whatsapp ‘conversation’ I had today:
Can I make a booking for tomorrow evening? No, sorry, I'm fully booked for the weekend. Ok, can you please keep me up to speed with your bookings for next month? (Huh? ) Which dates are you interested in? I'm not sure yet, I'll get back to you. OK. Is the place very private? Yes it is. (That's how I advertise it, because some people like privacy. Wait....ooooooohhhhh.... ) Thank you. I want to self cater. It is a self catering guesthouse. Great. Is the room in your house, or outside. (By this time, I should have blocked the guy, which I didn't. What can I say...) Outside. Where can I see what the place looks like? (What? how are you contacting me, if you haven't seen my FB page or one of my other listings?) How do you know about my place? Through a friend. (Lightbulbs going of all over!!!!) You see what I mean?
So, do I continue turning a blind eye? If not, what do I do? My reputation is at stake here, as is that of my little itty bitty business… HELP!!!!!
Yesterday I was going on about food, and how I’m going to do new recipes, blah blah blah…
Well, I actually did! Nothing difficult or earth shattering, but different.
I made a honey garlic chicken with roast broccoli and rice, which came out very well. Will do it again. I made some changes to the recipe – I added more red wine vinegar because it was waaay to sweet, and I added ginger and chili. Dinner for one coming up…