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FINALLY REVEALING OUR NEW LOOK
 
Following months of repairs and maintenance and upgrades, we are finally able to reveal our new look and share it with our friends.  Our webmaster is in the process of finalising the website, but here’s a sneak peek of what is to come.
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2016-09-15
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SPRING IS WHEN LIFE’S ALIVE

The calendar says it is 1 September, which means that it is officially Spring day in South Africa. With the temperature reaching a scorching 39 degrees Celsius yesterday afternoon, there can be no doubt that Spring has sprung. Our local newspaper’s front page article this morning announces that water restrictions have been implemented by the local municipality with immediate effect. We can only hope that there will be plenty of rain in the catchment areas, so that the beauty of Spring can be maintained throughout Summer.

We are sharing a couple of pictures from our garden. Happy Spring day everybody, and enjoy the season full of promise!
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01/09/2016
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INTRODUCING JAYDé, OUR NEW 2IC
 
Meet Jaydé, our new pocket sized Yorkie.  She is eight weeks old, very friendly and very-very small.  Of course, Geila considers her the best gift ever.  Geila’s only complaint, is that she sleeps too much!
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2016-06-12
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Kingfisher GuestHouse is putting on a new face
 
Following months of planning, we have finally taken the plunge six weeks ago, and have started changing the face of Kingfisher GuestHouse.  With minor structural changes, and enormous amounts of paint, we have created a brand new look for the guesthouse.  It is always challenging to do repairs and maintenance while also trying to keep the business running.  With our high percentage of return guests, we have been fortunate enough to have guests who were both supportive and understanding when the work caused a bit of disruption.  Here are some pictures of the process unfolding. The contractor finishes his part of the work today, after which we shall still add some finishing touches of our own. Keep an eye on our webpage for pictures of the new look.  We hope to have it up in a couple of weeks.
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2016-05-10
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OUR BOSS IS A YEAR OLD TODAY!
 
Today is our little Geila’s first birthday.  It has been almost ten months since she took control of the guesthouse.  We think that her training went exceptionally well.  She has taught everyone to do exactly what she wants us to do, when she wants it done. 
 
Moreover, the Yorkie Property Laws have been entrenched in all of us.  If you wake any one of us up in the middle of the night, we would be able to recite it without hesitation: 
 
1.     If I like it, it’s mine.
2.     If I saw it first, it’s mine.
3.     If it’s in my mouth, it’s mine.
4.     If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
5.     If it looks like mine, it’s mine.
6.     If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
7.     If you have something and put it down, it’s mine.
8.     If I chew something up, all of the pieces are mine.
9.     If it used to be yours, get over it.
10.   If it’s broken, it’s yours. 
 
 
Yet, she is affectionate and funny, and puts sunshine in our days.  We love her so much.
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KINGFISHER GUESTHOUSE NOW HAS AIR CONDITIONED GUESTROOMS
 
It is official, we are too old to be hot.  Moreover, it would be ridiculous to strive to be cool at our age. We are however, fed-up with the heat, and desperate for the comforts associated with air conditioned guestrooms.  Apparently, this summer is considered the hottest one in recorded history.  In line with our commitment to our guests’ comfort, we are having air conditioners installed in all our guestrooms today.  Now, everyone on the premises can be “cool”!
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LITTLE OLOTHANDO’S GRADUATION
 
Olothando is the son Nzali, one of our staff members.  He was born five years ago, while Nzali was already a member of the staff of Kingfisher GuestHouse.  This week we celebrated Olothando’s graduation from pre-school.  As of next year, he will be attending primary school as a Grade R learner.  Olothando is known to all the other staff members, as they often see him at the bus stop.  He is well loved by everyone, and we often hear stories about how clever and witty he is. 
 
Olothando, you face a new chapter in your life now, and we want you to know that our thoughts and best wishes go with you. May you enjoy continued success in the years that lie ahead.  Here’s wishing you many-many more graduations!
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CELEBRATING 10 WONDERFUL YEARS
This month, marks the tenth anniversary of our ownership of Kingfisher GuestHouse.  I should probably be saying that we are celebrating our tenth anniversary, but the guesthouse has been particularly busy since the beginning of 2015, and we have not been out since Easter.  Despite having to put celebrations on hold a little longer, we are deeply aware of how blessed we have been during the last 10 years.  Leaving the security of professional careers, and setting foot in an industry about which we knew absolutely nothing, was not only the craziest, and most uncharacteristic thing we had ever done, but also the most wonderful and revitalising experience we ever embarked on.  With nothing but a bit of capital and enormous passion, we set out to make a then, 12 year old dream, a reality. 

We are proud to say that we have achieved exactly what we set out to do.  With more than 90% of our guests being return guests, we have succeeded in creating a personal environment for visitors to Port Elizabeth.  It is a cliché, I know, but we truly believe that we have created a home away from home for many a weary traveller; a home, many of them want to return to again and again. 

This, however, would not have been possible without enormous support from a dedicated staff contingent, without tremendous cooperation and collaboration with neighbouring guesthouses and other role players in the industry, without external support structures who are willing and able to assist even over weekends or on Christmas Day(!), or without the encouragement of our friends and family.  Most of all, our success is the result of our guests, who have allowed us to become part of their lives, their successes, their failures, their sorrow, and their joy.   It seems appropriate to use the words of Daniel Tosh in each one of his Video Breakdown sections; “and for that, we thank you”.

Next time we have a chance to get out, we shall raise a glass to each and every one of you (and then get Uber to drive us home).  We thank everybody who has been a part of our success, and we are looking forward to the next ten years of living our dream.
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OUR NEW BOSS, SHOWING HER HANDS-ON APPROACH TO MANAGING AND SUPERVISING THE CLEANING STAFF
Perhaps it is our need to be needed, or the fact that she confronts us with our own inner-child, but Geila has absolutely taken over our lives. She is loved by everyone, and the cleaning staff are competing for her attention.
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KINGFISHER GUESTHOUSE IS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT AND . . . SHE IS A BITCH
As of yesterday afternoon, Kingfisher GuestHouse is under new management. Introducing Geila, the new boss of the house. She has already stolen everyone's hearts.
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