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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Love was in the Air at The Cloud!

It was a full house at The Cloud Hotel Encore Restaurant for Valentine's Lunch for the 'Young at Heart' proving that you are never too old for Love and Romance. Love has not always been associated with cards and roses but also with food and as chocolate is the traditional food of love each guest received a small gift of chocolate. 'Inspiration' of New Milton provided us with the chocolate gifts that were beautifully wrapped with ribbon and hearts, this is our way of showing our customers they are special not only to their sweethearts but also to all of us at The Cloud Hotel. The evening celebrations started with champagne and canapes followed by a Romantic four course Dinner and more chocolates! It is really important to share special time together and to show our love for each other. It is often said that Valentine's Day is just a commercial exercise and a way to make money for some businesses but I believe it is an opportunity for couples to spend some quality time with each other and bring them together. Showing your love for each other can often be overlooked in the busy world we live in.

Burns Supper was once again a lively evening with Harry Macfadyen piping in the Haggis and making sure the evening went with a Highland Swing! Photos of the evening can be seen on the Cloud  photo gallery. Next year's Burns Supper will be held at The Cloud Hotel on January 28th  2012 and if you would like to come and join in the fun you do need to book early as I already have several tables booked.
After a break of a few weeks I have started Nordic Walking again with Karen Guttridge of Slimfocus. I couldn't wait to get back out into The New Forest National Park and enjoy the fresh air and wide open spaces that  face the Cloud Hotel. The New Forest is still quite wet under foot and you need waterproof shoes or boots for walking but guests staying at the Hotel at the present time have enjoyed long bracing walks in the forest and by the sea at Highcliffe, Mudeford and Barton-on Sea. They return to The Cloud Hotel to relax and unwind by the open log fire whilst, in many cases, enjoying a clotted cream tea.
Spring will soon be here with the warmer weather [I hope] and lighter evenings. I love Spring in the New Forest when the fresh green shoots appear and I can spot my first foal. Even after living here for 35 years I still get excited when I see my first foal of the year, especially if the foal is outside the Cloud Hotel and all the guests can enjoy the experience too. The New Forest National Park is such a beautiful part of the country to live in and to visit that it would be a tragedy if the Government decided to sell it. I urge you to petition against it if you feel the same way as I do.
I spent a day at the Careers Fayre for Year 9 at Avonbourne School for Girls in Bournemouth last week.
The aim of the event was to provide girls in Year 9 an opportunity to meet local FE/HE providers and businesses to discuss career opportunities. I am not only passionate about encouraging young girls and women to meet their full potential but also to encourage them to have a career in hospitality, travel and tourism. It is a large, vibrant and growing industry that needs a skilled and motivated workforce and is full of potential especially for women. It was a long and challenging day as trying to keep the attention of 14 year old girls is not easy but I hope I managed to inspire a few girls to consider hospitality as a career. It was surprising how many of them thought hospitality was a career in just cooking, they obviously hadn't been watching Michel Roux's  programme 'Service'. Unfortunately I was only able to watch a couple of the programmes from the series as I am usually working in the evenings.
The next special day on the calendar is Mothering Sunday on April 3rd when we all have the opportunity to spoil our Mothers and show them how much we appreciate all their hard work, love and support. A weekend away from the children would be such a treat to any Mum who needs a break [most of us do]. Dad's how about taking advantage of our winter week-end break, stay two nights and get the third night free from £182-00 per person dinner, bed and breakfast inclusive of three nights. Alternatively treat Mum to Sunday Lunch in our Encore Restaurant or a Champagne Tea.
The next Wessex Women's Network event is on February 22nd and we have the pleasure of welcoming Ian Murray as our speaker. Ian is the Editor of The Southern Evening Echo and the title of his talk is 'Life in the Media' I think the ladies will have plenty of questions for him especially about the responsibility of the media in the 21st century!
That's all for today but remember.