|Louisa out riding with a lovely group of guest from Holland|
I am reading a great book at the moment called Blink by Malcolm Galdwell. It could just as well have been called “I Got a Feeling” which come to think of it would make a better title – umm ok only my opinion. The book is about those moments when we see or do something for the very first time we get an instant feeling that something is just right and it needs to be acted on. I had it a lot of times when I bought a house. I would arrive at a particular house and I would think immediately this is the one - it was a Blink moment. Course then friends would point out that it’s the first house I had looked at and I shouldn’t buy the first one I had seen. They advised me to look at a hundred or so more. Course guess what happened yep the first house was the best and but by the time I got round to realising it the property had been sold.
The book Blink goes into depth about this and how we should trust our instincts more as they had been honed over thousands of years. Our brain the book claims can often compute things in an instant giving us enough info to make a decision almost instantly. Me, I am a firm believer in the authors theory. It just happens to many times for it to be ignored.
The last time it happened to me was when I placed an ad for someone to run the La Margarita on a daily basis for me Raquel who has done a great job wanted to retire and I needed someone to fill her place. I placed the ad and had loads of responses from wonderful and well-qualified people. However, one email I received just stood out. I read the email and I knew this was a Blink moment. I knew that the person who wrote this email was the person for the job. I knew in an instant or as the book says in the blink of an eye. I spoke to the applicant on Skype and I knew after the first few seconds she was the one for job-the chosen one
I spoke to my mates about it and they quite rightly said that of course I should meet her before I give her the job. That was good advice but I knew I didn’t need to. I knew that she had the job even before we got talking. However, I did go and meet her in the North of England but the meeting only confirmed my original Blink moment. That Blink moment told me in the blink of an eye that Louisa Bowran was going to be running La Margarita
A few weeks after our first contact Louisa was on a plane to Argentina to take control of the estancia. Raquel could now do what she had been asking to do for ages and that was to retire. Louisa arrived on a horrible stormy day tired from jet lag but with a huge smile. We set out for the estancia with the storm blowing a gale. When we arrived on the earth road just before the estancia the car decided it preferred the ditch to the road and we promptly skidded into the ditch. Did she scream or panic not a bit it. She looked at me as if to say ok lets get this sorted. A few minutes later a truck stops and the driver hooks us up and pulls us out of the ditch.
What an induction to life on La Margarita but she is a cool customer is our Louisa and from that very first day she took the estancia to heart. She is doing a mighty fine job. She loves everything about the estancia and it shows. She loves the guest, the animals, the pampas and the life style. She has already received great comments on Trip Advisor from guests who have enjoyed Louisa wonderful hospitality and professionalism. She sorts out easily what seem un-sortable problems and is a natural with the horses and the gaucho life.
I knew the moment I started to read her email all those months ago that she was the person to run the estancia and it has come to pass.
I know this is the second blog I have written about Louisa but I am a big fan of hers. If you come here you may be to and you can be assured she will make your stay with us wonderful. She is as they say here “lo mas” the best
This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta pronto