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Monday, 29 August 2011

'September Morn'

'September Morn' by Neil Diamond is one of my favourite songs and September is one of my favourite months. The evenings are drawing in and there is a calm and peace about September which I always enjoy. That's not to say the hotel has quietened down, now the school summer holidays are over the more mature customers take advantage of the warm days and take a break before winter sets in. The heather is in full bloom bringing colour to the New Forest and the blackberries are ready to pick, my six year old Granddaughter helped me to gather enough blackberries last week for the chef to make apple and blackberry crumble, it went down a treat especially when served with custard!

There is still plenty of activity in the New Forest National Park during September.

The Romsey Show takes place on Saturday 10th September at Broadlands, Romsey. This is a great day out for the whole family. A real agricultural show that has been held annually since 1842. You can enjoy traditional countryside activities with displays of falconry, gun dog training and the ever popular parade of hounds to name just a few of the attractions. Hundreds of horses are entered in a huge number of equine events. There's the family dog show, marching bands and an exciting programme in the main ring.

The International Autojumble takes place at Beaulieu on September 10th-11th. It is the largest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic with well over 2000 stands.

Following that is the Southampton Boat Show at Mayflower Park from September 16th-25th. It is the UK's leading outdoor Boat Show and is a wonderful day out. Full details can be found at

On September 19th a revised edition of my book Delighting Your Customers will be published by Bloomsbury as part of Business on a Shoestring series. I hope some of you will enjoy reading it.

The main event at The Cloud Hotel this month is The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on September 30th from 10-30am until 11-45am. All proceeds raised go to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Do come and support us and enjoy our famous chocolate brownies made by our chefs. We aim to raise a lot of money for this worthwhile cause as well as have some fun on the day.

Every September commoners let their pigs out on to the New Forest to eat the acorns that are poisonous to the horses and cattle. This ancient right is known as the pannage season and I understand they are going to be let out in early September this year. Sometimes they can be spotted on the Cloud Hotel car park.

Let's keep our fingers crossed for some warm days in September!