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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Give Mum a day to unwind and relax

I can't believe it was almost a month ago I wrote my last Blog, times just flies by when you are busy!  The clocks go forward on March 27th and we can look forward to lighter evenings and hopefully warmer weather. The Spring flowers are in full bloom bringing colour to the New Forest and it won't be long before we see our first foal of the year in The New Forest.



The next big event in the calendar is Mothering Sunday on April 3rd when we have the opportunity to show our Mums how much we appreciate all the warmth and love they give us.

I love this Proverb:
'God couldn't be everywhere so he invented Mothers'. Give your Mum a day off and treat her to a delicious traditional 3 course Sunday Lunch, you do need to book early because every year we have to disappoint people who leave it too late to book. Alternatively treat Mum to one of our traditional High Teas that have become very popular since we started them last year, you can always add a glass of bubbly to make the occasion extra special.

The Variety Club Children's Charity has been helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people for 60 years. They have raised over £200 million pounds in the last 6 decades and improved the lives of more than a million children and young people. They provide the Sunshine Coaches, electric wheelchairs, outings to exciting places, equip children's hospitals and help in many other ways where help is needed. On Tuesday March 8th I had the pleasure of attending the presentation of equipment to the Variety Club Children's High Dependency Unit at Salisbury District Hospital by Christopher Biggins. This is a very special unit that will cover seriously ill children from Dorset, Hampshire and parts of Wiltshire. What a wonderful unit this is, the children will have wonderful care in such bright and colourful surroundings. Everything has been thought of including accommodation for the anxious parents. Like all charities the Variety Club rely on the generosity of the public and if you feel you could help in some way visit their website. http://www.varietyclub.org.uk/
Talking of Variety I have really enjoyed watching the programmes on BBC4 recently about Variety. It has brought back so many happy memories to me from my dancing days and time at The London Palladium. Those were the days when entertainment was fun with glamour and no bad language, how sad it is we don't have those shows on television now! Or am I just old fashioned. I also enjoyed seeing two of my ex-boy friends being interviewed!

I very seldom have the chance to watch television but I was lucky enough to see 'Agony and Ecstasy a Year with the English National Ballet' also on BBC 4. I lived every minute of the programme having trained as a ballet dancer before going into Variety I felt the dancer's agony and enjoyed their ecstasy! A great programme and I hope that anyone who watched it will realise the hard work dedication and pain that goes into a dancer's life. It was the training I received as a dancer that gave me the discipline stamina and drive I have in my business. I'm looking forward to next Tuesday when I can follow the English National Ballet Company rehearsing for Romeo and Juliet.

The weather in The New Forest has been fine and sunny this week and my guests at the Cloud Hotel have been able to get out into the fresh air and explore the beautiful countryside. The Cloud Hotel is in such a suberb location and is envied by many. It is ideal for walking, cycling and riding. Getting out into the fresh air gives you the opportunity to blow away those cobwebs after the long dreary winter. I am still enjoying my Nordic Walking in the forest with Karen Guttridge of Slimfocus and I have also lost some weight!

With the cost of petrol so high why not let the train take the strain. There is a direct line from Waterloo to Brockenhurst and if you book online with South West Trains you can get a reduced price ticket. If you let us know in advance your time of arrival we will organise a taxi to meet you from the station and bring you to The Cloud Hotel. On arrival we will treat you to a complimentary tea or coffee to welcome you.

At the Cloud Hotel we only welcome children over 8 years old creating an atmosphere of calm and a place to unwind and relax.

I look forward to having the pleasure of your company.

Avril