The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

AFTER work­ing as a nurse for 43 years, Rod­ney Trif­fitt’s lat­est ven­ture as the owner of a Der­went Val­ley inn is a change of pace — but he’s found sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two jobs.

Mr Trif­fitt and his wife Joanne took over Rosie’s Inn at New Norfolk last Septem­ber, and he is start­ing to set­tle into his new role.

“It’s not quite as hec­tic as nurs­ing, I’ve found it a lit­tle bit eas­ier once you get to know what you’re do­ing,” Mr Trif­fitt said.

“[But they’re] all sort of peo­ple jobs, they’re both the same — man­ag­ing peo­ple and do­ing that sort of thing.”

Mr Trif­fitt was in­ter­ested in the inn for about a decade be­fore buy­ing it, and fi­nally took the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase it be­cause he was “look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent”.

It has been a great start to life as an innkeeper.

“It’s been a lot bet­ter than what we thought over the pe­riod, of course now it’s very quiet, but that’s the same ev­ery­where at this time of the year,” he said.

There has been a mix of lo­cal, in­ter­state, and over­seas vis­i­tors, with guests trav­el­ling from as far away as Europe, South Amer­ica, and Asia.

“It’s more di­verse that I thought it would be, I ex­pected more [vis­i­tors from] this area,” he said

While the colder months are tra­di­tion­ally qui­eter, Rosie’s Inn has thought out­side the box to keep peo­ple com­ing through the doors.

One-off events such as a Christ­mas in June, which at­tracted about 60 peo­ple, have kept things tick­ing over.

“What we’re plan­ning to do dur­ing win­ter, is build up that side of the busi­ness a bit more in the func­tion area and for meet­ings and things like that,” Mr Trif­fitt said.

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