Ok, I know this is a bit sad and bad but I know I’m not the only one who does this! “My Day Off” starts with a sneak peak at my emails, Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor. I then go over to the hotel to get my daily fix of “what’s on, who’s in, meet and greet and breakfast” etc. As soon as the coast is clear, I make my escape and head for home.
If it’s not a school day, Marc and I will have a leisurely breakfast with our three children Carl (12), James(11) and Christina(9). Then the in-house taxi service kicks in (football, piano, gymnastics, going to friends’ houses). Honestly, our kids have a better social life than we do! When in town, I do the grocery shopping and when that is packed away, the housekeeping chores beckon. Oh dear, this is not sounding very glamorous at all. But somehow I enjoy putting on music at full blast and pottering around our beloved home.
Weather and energy permitting, we will go out for a walk along the shores of Lough Eske and into the nearby oak forest. I enjoy this very much as it really clears my head and I feel I earn brownie points to deserve a nice dinner and fine wine later.
The best part of the day is putting on a big turf fire and sitting down to read the newspapers – yes I still prefer the paper version of the news and Marc ‘tut tuts’ with the clutter I make all around me. My late Mammy used to call our house “The Cosy Spot”. And indeed it is!
When the kids are back at base, Marc will start to cook dinner. I am blessed to have a great husband who is a great chef! (Lucky enough because I can’t cook).
At this stage, I might pop over the hotel to meet some guests and do what I call a ‘waltz’ around the hotel to see that everything is in order. Then back home for the very best part of the day - to sit down together for our family dinner and catch up with each other. While sipping the last of the wine, I will do the dishes and the kids will disappear to their devices.
We might watch a movie but we rarely stay awake long enough to see the end. Early to bed and early to rise for the day ahead.
I guess the cliché is true. “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”
Deirdre describes herself as a "Happy Hotelier", she is the owner of Harvey's Point in Donegal, Ireland