The clocks go back tonight and the evenings are drawing in meaning that winter is on the way. I love the cosy feeling of the dark evenings when you can sit and relax by a roaring log fire and enjoy a glass of wine. However like most of us I do not like the cold and frosty days although if you wrap up warm you can still go for long walks in the New Forest and return to enjoy a hot chocolate to warm you up.
The Autumn colours are stunning this year and well worth a visit to the New Forest to see them before it's too late. The colours are usually at their best the first week of November and that is when our winter tariff starts so why not take a weekend break before Christmas and take advantage of our winter weekends stay 2 nights and get the third night FREE.
There was a beautiful sunset this evening over the forest the sky looked alight so I had to take a photo.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our World's Biggest Coffee Morning on September 25th. We raised £465-00 for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had far fewer people attend our coffee morning this year, I think more and more people are holding coffee mornings now but thanks to our waitress Annette who made 2 delicious sponge cakes for the raffle she boosted the funds by £98-00. Annette is our 'Mary Berry' and makes the lemon drizzle cake for the afternoon teas at the Cloud Hotel and her cakes are delicious.
The Wessex Women's Network continues to thrive and on October 7th thirty three ladies had the pleasure of hearing the fascinating story of Maureen Rose who was dressmaker to the Queen. It was one of the most interesting talks we had heard and what a lovely lady. Our next meeting is on November 4th when Christine Ames will be telling us her story 'Through the Door of No10' sounds like another interesting talk. The Wessex Women's Network meet once a month at the Cloud Hotel, there is no joining fee and it isn't just for businesswomen so if you would like an evening out to share ideas and have fun with likeminded women do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before we know it Christmas will be here so if you haven't booked your pre Christmas lunch or dinner don't leave it too late as some days are fully booked already. Mike Dacombe of Inspiration will be putting the Christmas decorations up on Sunday November 29th. I know many of you like to come and see them as he always makes the hotel look magical.
Enjoy your extra hour sleep tonight!