This past week has been a busy and enjoyable one. At home we have been nurturing Romané through his “mock” Common Entrance exams ready for the move to his senior school in September and now we have the nail biting week of hearing the results of the exams trickle through each day… thus far he has done very well, so well done, Romy!
On Saturday evening Gerard, Suzi and I and a table of friends and family enjoyed an evening with Rose Road, our adopted charity at their Fairground Ball. The event was great fun, enjoyed by all and hopefully much needed monies were raised for the charity and the children. Gerard won a raffle prize, a tasting for two at Wickham Vineyard, the perfect prize for him and he successfully bid in the wine auction too, so he came home a “happy chap”….. whilst the event was great fun it should always be remembered that the cause is a tremendously worthy one. The difference that Rose Road makes to the lives of children and their families in the area is enormous and cannot be underestimated, but in these straightened economic times, fund raising is becoming even more and more difficult and as budgets continue to be cut and shaved, charities such as Rose Road are struggling to ensure that their services remain on offer to the high standard that they are proud of….. we are thrilled to be able to announce that we are planning another gala event in aid of Rose Road during June of next year and we will publish details very soon for any of our guests who would like to attend and support such a fantastic charity.
Gerard has been in New York on a quick whizz trip… flew over on Monday and home on Wednesday. In the meantime back home we have welcomed some new work placement students, one of whom is English and two more who are French…. They always arrive with us very shy, unsure and not really aware of what they are coming to, but it is lovely to watch them blossom into confident, enthusiastic students ready to go back to college after their placements with us and excited to join the industry.
As I write this week’s blog I am looking out onto a blaze of Autumnal colours, which are absolutely glorious. Driving across the forest this morning I was “held up” by a family of pigs and then further along by a herd of cattle all enjoying their early morning munching of dewy grass and it got me thinking as we all race around, chasing our tails and stressing about all the things we all juggle in a day, that sometimes it is lovely to just sit awhile, take stock, notice our surroundings and enjoy the simple pleasures in life and so it is that I am gazing out f the window, drinking in the view and feeling happy with life….. oops there goes the phone, so the moment’s lost, but there will be another one soon if I take time to enjoy it. I have added the task to my daily to do list… take time to enjoy simple pleasures…….. thus far, today has been full of them.
We have some fantastic mid week breaks at great value on offer, so hopefully some of you will be able to take time out, come and visit us again at TerraVina and enjoy the splendour of the forest in all it’s Autumnal glory.
Hope to see you soon and until next week