So we've just waved goodbye to our first guests of the season. We had a great time with them here and it makes all the hard work worth it to see the smiles on their faces.
I've put some new pictures in the gallery of our enduro style course, plenty of obstacles for all skill levels.
The pool is nearly finished and is half full of water, just need to crack on with the landscaping as soon as the contractors finish their last bits. The pergola is installed over the hot tub and the next step there is to install some decking and a sound system.
The new rooms are not far off now...I can't wait to be able to show you some pictures.
And of course now the weather has improved I'm spending a lot of time finding new trails....it's great to get out and about.
So the builders are going great guns...the 2 new twin rooms and the bunk room are nearly finished. There's a bit more to do in the bathrooms, with floor tiling and grouting needing to be done but that shouldn't take long. Then there's the stairs to build....I suppose we can't expect guests to use ladders like we have been.
After that it's the downstairs toilets and showers for the bunk room and the drying room to start.
We also have signed on the dotted line for the pool! The contractor assures us that it will be in and working by 30 April....oh and it will be heated.
We can't wait for the season to start.... :-)
So last week we welcomed Tony and Gavin, the builders, to start work on extending our guest facilities and they are going great guns. In only 4 days they have got the floor in, and the studwork up for the dividing walls and ceiling.
Arnie also took delivery of the digger and lots of landscaping has already been done. Lots of plans for more 'enduro' style obstacles on our off road course too but that work is currently being fitted round the building work and the weather.
And on a final note...we woke up to a good covering of snow on Monday morning! That wasn't expected...
Last week we welcomed Steve and Mark from Alderney in the Channel Islands to 3Bs on their respective Triumph and GS bikes. They arrived in rather warm conditions on Friday and after a refreshing cold beer settled into their rooms. They had pre-booked a BBQ for that evening so this was duly provided, along with the necessary liquid refreshment of course :-). Over the meal we made plans for the following day.
Saturday morning dawned fair and after a leisurely breakfast we all set off on the bikes for an amble to Lac de Vassiviere. Led by myself, we explored a new route to the lake and it seemed to provide some good roads. We stopped at the restaurant over looking the lake and added to our calorie intake for the day with waffles, loaded with yummy stuff. Then Arnie elected to lead the ride back on our tried and tested route which takes in some stunning roads...I think Steve was heard to remark that these were the best roads he had ever ridden!
Back to base, a short rest and both guys decided they would like to try some off roading. Duly kitted out, off they set with Arnie round our practise course. Neither had really ridden off road before so a few tips were given and once those were taken on board they both took to it like ducks to water. The grins were massive, even when Steve took a little topple over coming out of the river crossing. That evening we ate at the restaurant by our local lake and then repaired to 3Bs to finish off the bottle of Jack Daniels Honey which the boys had thoughtfully brought with them.
The next morning the weather looked a bit iffy (and I think they might have been a tad sore after the previous days exertions) so we invited them to join us, meeting some friends in Pompadour (the city of the horse) for lunch. En route to Pompadour we showed them Segur le Chateau which is a very picturesque Medieval village. Once we got to Pompadour, introductions were made all round and we were squeezed onto our table at Le Café Remparts. A very pleasant lunch was followed by an interesting hour or so watching an Arabian horse show (weird, lots of plastic bags, is all I will say!) and some horse racing from a distance. We then meandered back to 3Bs and were treated to some of Arnie's pizzas for supper.
The guys had been due to leave on Monday but asked if it would be possible to stay for another night so we relented and took them to Rocamadour in Oscar the minibus (as the weather really wasn't playing ball).
This blog has proved very testing because for some reason the text of my earlier blogs can't be seen.....
So we have arrived at 3Bs Biking and after several trips backwards and forwards across the Channel so has most of our stuff. Now the hard works begins.
We've got a friend here, Ollie, helping us at the moment and what a godsend he is! Not only for the extra brawn but for his useful ideas too. Arnie has been slaving over what will be the bike storage room and his workshop - some interesting finds in both. We're not sure what some of them are, some are more obvious but I don't think the previous owner will want them back... ;-) Ollie has totally cleared my vegetable plot and poly tunnel of weeds, to get it ready for some planting. He's discovered some more fruit and veg already in place (loads of rhubarb and raspberries). He's now moved onto clearing the lake with Arnie's help.
Breaking news is that last night Arnie caught 2 fish in the lake (it's not all hard slog, gotta have some fun). We haven't tried the river yet for fish but Ollie has found quite a few crayfish in it already. And as we found a crayfish net in one of the outbuildings, it seems a shame not to give it a go at catching enough to throw on the BBQ.
The website is pretty much ready to go, except for the logo which we are still working on with the help of a friend. However I've decided to 'publish and be damned'! If anyone spots the deliberate mistake(s) please let me know. Thanks!
Hi. I am Ad and the aim of this blog is to keep you informed of what's going on at 3Bs Biking