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Sunday, 14 November 2010

Looking Forward To Christmas

I cannot believe it's only five weeks until Christmas. Is it because we are all so busy and live at such a fast pace that the years seem to just fly by? It's rather like being on an Express train but we need to get off the train sometimes to be-able to enjoy our lovely surroundings. That is why I go Nordic walking and I have just returned from my morning walk in the New Forest. Even in the winter months walking is a great way of de-stressing yourself as long as you wrap up warm. I'm lucky that I only have to cross the road and I'm in the New Forest enjoying the wide open spaces and fresh air. The Autumn colours were stunning this year but the trees are almost bare now except for the Holly trees which are covered in red berries. Does this mean we are in for a cold winter? However there is always the cosy log fire to sit by and stay warm.

Christmas is a magical time of the year and the Cloud Hotel will be decorated on November 29th by Mike Dacombe of Inspiration in New Milton ready for the Pre-Christmas functions that start on December 1st. Mike has been responsible for decorating the Cloud  Hotel for many years and his creative talents have become a feature at Christmas.  

The Hotel is fully booked for Christmas but you can still enjoy a Pre-Christmas break, enjoy the festive atmosphere and unwind and relax by the log fire.There are some lovely gift shops in Brockenhurst and Lymington and Lymington market is a great place to get some bargains and do your Christmas shopping.

I attended the New Forest Hoteliers meeting last week and we all had the opportunity to discuss the starring system with the AA Inspector Garry Baldwin. It was a lively and constructive meeting and Garry went back to AA Headquarters with many of our concerns and ideas.

Tripadvisor is always a subject for discussion amongst hoteliers, the damage Tripadvisor can do to a business and how little responsibility Tripadvior itself is prepared to take. [See my previous Blog]. This meeting was no exception and everyone was of the same opinion.

I am looking forward to the next Wessex Women's event on November 30th. Charisma of Fawley are hosting a Festive Fashion Extravaganza followed by a Christmas Dinner at The Cloud Hotel. This will give the ladies a chance to choose their party frocks in time for Christmas!

I was able to get away for a few days last week and spend some time with my Son and his family. Owning my business makes it difficult for me to see as much of my family as I would like but I make every effort to see them whenever I can. I am looking forward to Boxing day when all of my family will be with me and I will be cooking Christmas lunch for twelve! Only five weeks to go!