There is a ginger cat that always wonders around the Spring Tide Inn. Sometimes the cat wonders inside and we would try to chase him outside. However, Jean really likes this cat very much(I think she like all cat). She said that this cat talks to her sometimes when she is alone with the cat. But I can only see the cat make a sound sometimes as if he wants some food.
We had an African manageress before and she said that the cat has some sort of spirit on him as african tradition thinks that sometime the spirit will return in animal forms. She believed it could be her ex-boss that passed away many years ago when he was on business trip. When Jean mentioned it, we all got quiet and looked at the cat, a creepy feeling just jumps into the air.
Earl and Jean really love the cat. But the guesthouse has a strict restriction to forbid the cats to come into the guesthouse as some guests may not like any cat. But the cat still sneek into the guesthouse from time to time.
Earl was an experienced front desk manager in Zimbabw managing a few Guesthouses in the famous Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe. He was headhunted by a Spring Tide Inn 10 years ago and have falling in love with Sea Point ever since.
Having attended a tour guide course, he is knowlegable with the various famous tourist hot spot in Cape Town.
Today, we had a simple end of the month Staff Lunch at the Guesthouse. After a hectic busy month we all need to just relax over a simple lunch as we talk about anything. We had a Nandoo today, the chips is the best. We all had a very nice lunch I must say.
We spoke how Jean was spending her time with her husband and what Earl's future planning. And how Jamiela enjoyed her trip to Durban complemented by ex-boss Dylan for the day out. In the champaine glasses was not wine, but some energy drinks that was given by one of the guests. We are particular worried what Jean is going to do after drinking the Energy Drink. :-)
It is beginning of flower season, please be sure to check out the flowers in Langebaan as this year's flower is much better than last years. The above picture is a real picture taken 2 days ago. The flower season end at 30 September.
Jamiela has worked for Spring Tide Inn for over 15 years as well. She is a traditional Capetonian Muslim woman. It has been said that she cooks a very good Capetonian style meals. She is a very professional house keeping and be able to assist with guests with various needs. She has 3 children whom she loved very much.
As breakfast time comes to an end, Jean usually sit in her "office" checking the invoices and call up supplier for next day's breakfast. At the same time all the staffs also takes a coffee break and sit in the eating area have an general infomative meeting.
During the meeting she mentioned something about her life when she was young in the UK. She said she is a very clean person. She used to spend half of her time cleaning up her house in the UK so that everything is perfect clean. In her house she had tiles in the entrace of the house. So when the kids finished school, she instructed them not to mess up her tiles at the entrance. Therefore her kids had to skip over the tiles in order to get into the house. She giggled as she remembers how her kid were skipping into the house.
She then said if she can go back in time, she would have spend less time on cleaning but more time on hugging her kid.
If you ever stayed in Spring Tide Inn, you will notice a lovely elderly woman that will prepare a lovely breakfast for you in the morning(except Friday as this is her day to spend with her lovely hubby to relax and enjoy themselves). Her name is Jean. For over 18 years she has been preparing the lovely breakfast for thousands of guests that have stayed at the guesthouse. Many have become regular and become her best friends.
Jean grew up in the UK and immigrated to South Africa when she was younger.(Till today, no one really knows her true age, there is a hearsay that her sister passed away at 93 years old). She and her husband moved down to Cape Town about 20 years ago and settled here after the Soweto riot. She has 5 children and have numerous grand children. She can be retired now however she choose to stay on the job in which she loves.
She said once:" You never know who is going to walk in the door tomorrow." This is because sometime she is surprised by old returning guests who...