Mari has been with us for 14 years , working hard to keep the Hotel in tip top shape, and making sure the guests needs are seen to. She starts work early in the morning when most guests are still asleep, preparing the Breakfast buffet, as the guests come down she serves coffee and teas, I can’t resist once I smell the coffee I’m in the kitchen for my first cup…
Mari Carmen preparing the breakfast buffet
As the guests come and go she discreetly tidies up behind them, after breakfast she makes her way upstairs to the rooms, like the flash of a wand everything is transformed into shipshape.
Rooms and corridors are endlessly cleaned and tidied, clean laundry put on shelves, storerooms filled , fridges restocked, compost taken to garden just some of the many every day chores to make the running of the Hotel easier for us all. When in season she shells the dry beans, cracks the walnuts,( I won’t mention the time she was using a stone..) Strings up the onions, there is nothing she can’t do, she is the diamond amongst gems.
Mari Carmen with her daughter Patricia in the kitchen
Behind the scenes Mari also takes care of the farm and animals while we are away, I think her smile and patience runs out as my adorable goat Wednesday always seems to escape when I am away. I remember the year she took a lamb home to bottle feed it, and the day the vets arrived earlier to do blood tests on the sheep, out she went to round them up without a second thought. In the winter she spends many an hour painting the rooms, upholstering the dining room chairs, sweeping up the ever falling leaves in autumn.
Mari Carmen at the fiesta in Collia with her sister.
There is no end to her energy, on her day off she looks after her grandson, or rushes to the market in her little car, makes lunch for her family and still finds time to dance the evening away. We were very lucky to find such a hard working, reliable and happy person.
A toast to Mari Carmen.
Blog entrance written by Joe