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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Clocks Go Back

What a surprise it was to draw the curtains one morning last week and to see a white frost covering the New Forest. The guests had to scrape the ice of their cars! What has happened to Global warming? However the sun soon came shining through and it was a beautiful autumn day. The trees are just beginning to change colour and the best time to see the wonderful autumn colours of the trees is the first week in November. That is when our winter tariff starts and you can enjoy a lovely weekend walking in the New Forest, relaxing by a warm log fire with an added bonus of enjoying the third night free.

Lymington market takes place every Saturday and is a great place to buy your Christmas presents and find some bargains away from the hustle and bustle of the large city shopping centres. There are also some lovely gift shops in the area and I can particularly recommend Pot Pourri in Brockenhurst and Inspiration in New Milton. Mike of Inspiration is responsible for decorating the Cloud Hotel at Christmas and what a fantastic job he does every year, in fact many local people make a point of visiting the Cloud in December just to see the Christmas decorations.

I spoke to the ladies of Laverstock WI on Monday evening and I can't tell you the pleasure it gives me to know that I have encouraged some of the ladies to take that first step to reach for their goals and dreams. I even had an 89 year old come up to me and tell me that after hearing my talk she was definitely going to buy a computer and go to classes to learn how to work it so she can keep in touch with her grandson who was off to Singapore.

I was one of the judges for the Nat West everywoman business awards last week. These awards celebrate inspirational business women who have achieved significant success and particularly those who have  overcome adversity. This was the 6th year that I have judged these awards and I am always inspired by these women who have such courage and determination. Choosing the winners is always a difficult job as they all have such talent and aspirations to succeed. The finalists will be announced on November 4th and the winners will be announced at the award ceremony to be held at the Dorchester Hotel London on Dec 7th. Tickets for this fantastic event are available at www.everywoman.com

The clocks go back on Saturday October 29th which means that winter is on it's way but the advantage on Saturday is we all get an extra hours sleep if we are lucky. As I will have my 6 year old grand daughter staying with me I doubt that I will be-able to enjoy that extra hour as she will be up with the lark as usual!

It has been a weekend of dance for me and I was lucky enough to go to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to see the English National Ballet's programme 'Gershwin'. What a fantastic performance it was and I loved and lived every minute of it. There is some amazing young talent in the company which having trained to be a ballet dancer I appreciate. In contrast I went to Portsmouth today to watch my Grandson take part in a street dancing competition. It was so encouraging to see so many young people dancing with such energy and enthusiasm and enjoying themselves.

Do come and enjoy yourself at the Cloud Hotel and take advantage of our winter breaks before the Christmas rush.

Avril