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Sunday, 12 September 2010

September is one of my favourite months of the year,the children have gone back to school and and there is a feeling of tranquility and calmness about the New Forest. It is also one of the busiest months of the year at The Cloud Hotel when guests are hoping to enjoy an Indian Summer before the dark evenings set in. However the New Forest is still a great place to visit in the Autumn and Winter months. From around the third week in September the New Forest Ponies, cattle and donkeys are joined by pigs! The pigs are let loose on the New Forest by Commoners to hoover up the acorns which are poisonous to ponies and cattle. Guests are always surprised to see a family of pigs wandering across the car park of the Cloud Hotel. The Autumn colours are at their best towards the end of October and beginning of November and are quite stunning on a sunny day and we can still have plenty of sunny days in November. October is the rutting season for the deer and herds of deer can often be spotted  in the open spaces of the New Forest opposite the Cloud Hotel. As soon as it gets chilly we light the log fire at the Cloud Hotel and you can just unwind and relax with your favourite book in one of our warm cosy lounges.

My life continues to be very busy as I continue to do talks, attend events both locally and in London as well as running The Cloud Hotel. On September 3rd I attended the official opening of the Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth. Having performed at the Pavilion Theatre in two summer shows and a pantomime in the sixties I was interested to see this new project. I was so impressed with the new facilities, wonderful spacious studios and a small intimate theatre for performances. We were entertained by some energetic and talented Street Dancers. It is so rewarding for someone like myself who is so passionate about dance to see such talented and enthusiastic young dancers putting their heart and sole into their performance. Dancing gives you discipline, stamina and drive that can be taken into any profession.

Earlier that day I had been invited to join the Retired Partners [staff] of Tyrell and Green for lunch at the Masonic Hall in Southampton. Following a delicious lunch I had the pleasure of presenting my talk 'The Show Goes On' to them. I'm always apprehensive when presenting a talk after lunch because it's the time of day people often drift off to sleep but I managed to keep all 90 of them awake, even the 95 year old!
Recently I was lucky enough to be approached by Emmett & Smith a PR company in London to be interviewed by Good Housekeeping Magazine. I had a great day in London being photographed by such vibrant and talented young people and the article is in the October issue of Good Housekeeping.

Finally a reminder about The World's Biggest Coffee Morning to be held on Friday September 24th, we are holding a coffee morning at The Cloud Hotel to which everyone is welcome but there is almost certain to be a coffee morning in your area so do support it as this coffee morning raises thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.