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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Time to Decorate the Hall with Holly!

It's Christmas time, mistletoe and wine! The decorations go up at the Cloud Hotel on November 27th in time for the pre-Christmas lunches and dinners that start  on December 1st. Mike Dacombe from Inspiration  in New Milton has been decorating the Cloud Hotel at Christmas for 17 years and never fails to delight us with his creative and festive decorations. I'm sure like me you are all wondering what happened to this year as it has just flown by. If you haven't booked your pre-Christmas lunch or dinner yet there are still a few days with spaces left.

It's the time of year for parties and functions and I attended the Everywoman of Influence Dinner on Thursday at the Landmark Hotel in London. 180 people attended the event, of course it was mainly women and the room was buzzing! I love these events as you never know who you are going to meet and there are always so many inspirational women at the Everywoman events. It's an opportunity to network and listen to successful women and hear what it takes to build a successful business and create an environment where the most talented want to work. It's also an opportunity to catch up with friends and have fun and I certainly did that. 

The following day I attended the Three Butterflies lunch at the Savoy Hotel in aid of the charity Womankind. Womankind is entirely dedicated to working with women's organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America and makes change for these women happen by investing in women. It was another very enjoyable and interesting occasion with more amazing and courageous women to chat to. I had a wonderful two days and came back to my business absolutely fired up and ready to change the world! 

It is beginning to feel like winter now and I lit the log fire for the first time today. There is nothing better than to sit by a roaring log fire in a cosy lounge enjoying a cream tea or hot chocolate after a day walking in the New Forest National Park. 

On that note I'll close, go and make a cup of tea and take a break in front of the log fire.

Avril