Firstly, thank you very much to Sheila West who very kindly guest blogged last week. She was very generous in her praise and added many great comments about us, the team and TerraVina.
Carrying on the theme of thanks, may we say “Many Thanks” to all those who have been congratulating Gerard and Laura on their recent performances on the Michel Roux “Service” show…..and quite rightly many of you noted that Gerard was only on for a very short time on the final show. Many of the comments received have noted what a shame it was that Gerard did not have a wider role, as being the current World Sommelier Champion and a “mentor extraordinaire” many thought that the BBC would have used his expertise more widely- however the show was a very watchable one and we have heard much positive feedback about it. Gerard enjoyed his (brief) time with the trainees and they all did very well. Well done to Danielle, James and Ashley for having won and congratulations to all of the trainees for being so entertaining and making good progress throughout the course of the shows.
Whilst talking of TV shows, I must confess to two new favourites (not that I have chance to catch much TV ), but the i-player and those channels that you can watch a show at a later time or repeated on a different day are great….. the show “Come Dine With Me” , is brilliant due to the characters they choose to rub along together and the narration which is THE BEST part of the show. But two new favourites are Ruth Watson’s new show, “Hotel Rescue”, which I think is very good, watchable TV and for those in the hospitality business it is very interesting to see projects begin, evolve and mature and then I have to admit that I recently sat and watched a whole episode of “Gypsy Weddings”- I was wide eyed and open mouthed….. the dresses are unbelievable, as are the spray tans and the little girls all dressed up as mini me’s… incredible, but alongside all the bling, there is a real sense of family and tradition and a desire to all stick together as a community, which is something that most of us seem to have lost – in fact, talking of community spirit, it will be interesting to see just how many street parties will be held to mark the celebrations of William and Kate’s wedding, many fewer I suspect than when Charles and Diana married and certainly less than when the Queen and Prince Phillip married- old values being lost, which is a sad reflection of modern day.
Back to TV, who would ever have thought that reality TV would have the impact that it does on our lives and that I would be blogging about such shows, but now and then watching them can’t do us any harm and it is certainly entertaining……….I often feel that we are caught up in a reality show here at TerraVina, as so many of the days here at the hotel are funny, diverse and entertaining with a wealth of different characters all mixed in- it ensures that there is never a dull moment! Thank you to the team, our guests and suppliers for making the days fly by with so much entertainment, drama and sometimes chaos mixed in.
Till next week