The plants in the garden are starting to fill out and new shoots and leaves are appearing daily. This is always such a lovely time of year. I really enjoy wandering around the garden seeing all the new flowers appearing
Since opening the B & B most payments I have taken have been in cash or by cheque. For guests wanting to pay a deposit from abroad I set up a Paypal account. This has worked very well and as I have two banks at the end of the road there has been no problem for guests paying the balance in cash . However several people mentioned that I could be missing out on potential guests by not offering the possibility of payment by card. I hadn't realised that some people will not even consider staying if they can't pay by card. I looked into getting a card terminal and got quotes from 3 companies. The monthly outlay for rent and then in some cases minimum usage added alot to my out goings and as I don't take many bookings a month and in some months no bookings at all it just didn't seem to be worthwhile.
As business has dropped in the last couple of years due to the financial situation and bad weather I decided that I needed to make Lymehurst as appealing as possible so when one company came back with a much better deal in December (The company obviously needed to boost their sales figures!) I decided to give it a go.So Lymehurst can now accept card payments.
The annual Conwy Seed fair was held on the 26th of March This is when the main street is closed off and local seed and plant producers can set up stalls to sell their wares. Local craft work, home made produce and toiletries are also there so there's plenty to look at. In the last few years the weather has ranged from being hot and sunny to cold and snowy so it was a relief when the sun decided to shine this year.....admittedly it wasn't quite shorts weather but even so very pleasant. Luckily, because I'd already served breakfast at 7.15! (I have workmen staying) I was able to get parked up before the 9 am start....nothing like being eager!! I usually have a walk round first to see what everybody is selling then start to do my purchasing. There was a super variety of plants to choose from.
Seeds & potato stall
Lovely hand made hand & face creams
As always I couldn't resist their amazing milionaires shortbread