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Hotel TerraVina is in a reflective mood…it must be the sunshine!

Apologies there was no blog last week- this was due to a technology hiccup… I haven’t a clue what it was except that the IT whizz told me the blog had been corrupted!! I can’t imagine why anyone would want to corrupt the hotel blog but there we are… anyhow he has fiddled with the bells, whistles and knobs that make it all work and voila we are back on track.

Last week and this have been memorable for all the right reasons… great guests, successful events, happy and well behaved children, sunny days, al fresco dining and great service from our suppliers AND Romané, our son has done exceptionally well in his school exams. Gerard and I are very proud of him and all the hard work that he has persisted in.

I have been in reflective mood… it must be the sunshine making me feel all warm, fuzzy and nice. Most of the time, life is a rollercoaster of situations, dramas and crisis, adventures, excitement and joy. You never know quite what one day to the next is going to serve up in terms of scenarios which is what, I suppose, makes it all exciting, but one thing we should never forget nor take for granted, is that every day is unique and should be as special as possible, even when they are not such happy or good days… they cannot be relived and even an ordinary day is worth celebrating. We can’t rewind, playback, freeze the moments in time and air brush the bits we didn’t like out. Real life doesn’t quite work like that and whilst it’s a life long lesson to learn, it is very true when people who have looked terrible times, death and adversity in the eye, tell you to live each day as if it’s your last, never take a day for granted and treat each one as unique… if only we could all be wise enough to remember that more often than we rarely do.

It’s not often I take a moment to reflect- usually I am too busy to have a moment to spare, (or think I am) juggling being a mum, wife, hotelier, friend and dog walker, but when you do, it is telling how much we take for granted and how our work life balances are mostly completely off kilter…. Thus I am making a mid year resolution, (I never bother with New Year ones), and that is to treasure each day a little bit more than I do at present and stretch out each one to get the best from it as it will not be the same tomorrow.

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Twitter gives Hotel TerraVina food for thought this week…

I read a tweet a couple of days ago, posted by a lady who we follow on Twitter… the social media phenomena that I still don’t really “get”, but that I use for the business as it seems to reach a wide audience of people interested in knowing what we do and are keen on keeping in touch with us… anyway I digress; the quote was I thought very apt and so I retweeted it and have noted it here too…..

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens…..Mandy Hale

In this day and age of planning every moment of our lives, of being constantly “in touch”, be it by tweet, e mail, Face Book, Instagram or all the other social media outlets we have at our fingertips, of feeling that we can never switch off, I read the quote and thought… yes, what a great idea. So far I’m breathing and waiting to see what happens next but I hope it happens soon as I’m not very patient! But then I read another of her tweets that stated: Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish…..John Quincy Adams… so that told me then!

Actually @WinchesterLady1 seems very adept at finding great quotes and sayings to remind us all should we choose to listen and take notice that life is about so much more than just being on the hamster wheel, racing through life, joining the rat race, head down and running at everything full pelt… I read her tweets regularly and enjoy what she notes as it makes me stop a moment and think about what really matters and ensures that I put things into a better perspective at a time when knee jerk reactions to other people’s thoughtlessness, unkindness, greed and unfairness could so easily tip me over the edge….. and so it is that I am breathing deeply, looking beyond the obvious and the immediacy of situations and actually I am feeling calm, composed and ready for action!

Which is just as well as this past busy BH weekend and previous week has had its fill of situations for us and the team to deal with.. a full hotel, (hallejuha!) lots of children, who were all delightful and very well behaved (thank you!) some sunshine now and then, but not enough of it and a boiler that decided to stop working! Now we pride ourselves on the fact that our plant room has been designed to cover all eventualities that an 11 bedroom hotel may face in terms of x11 very deep baths being filled at once, whilst x11 monsoon showers are also on full pelt, all at once thus demanding gallons of hot water and so far in 7 years, with the exception of a power cut we have delivered, but not this past weekend when one solitary room was left with only warm water for about 20 minutes, whilst the one remaining boiler worked overtime… thanks to the guests for their patience, to the boiler repair man for coming out to research what parts are needed for the repair and to the team for keeping me calm and sane as usual… as there was also the next door neighbours smelly bonfire on the one evening when  guests could sit out on the terrace and drink and dine al fresco, or the cows that threatened to invade the garden through the fence that was bought down by a fallen tree and new garden furniture that arrived with x3 cartons missing and was (I thought) ready made up, but wasn’t and guess what…. Yes there were screws missing; still with the help of lovely Alex, one of our part time team, all was soon made up, in situ and looking lovely.

Once again a huge thanks to Chris, Lydia, George, Gavin, Lin and all their respective teams for ensuring that we were able to get through another busy BH with not too many mishaps, albeit there were a lot of Z beds to assemble and make!

Thanks team, you are all brilliant and to use another quote from my twitter “friend’s” feed….There is no greater intelligence than kindness and empathy…….. Bryant McGill. The TerraVina team are all very intelligent then as they are extremely kind and very intuitive to our guests and each other.

Till next week

Nx

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Time for reflection and taking stock at Hotel TerraVina

Recently I attended a legal mediation. Mediation is an interesting process and apparently, in some cases, can be very effective in brockering a deal with warring parties.  What mediation cannot mend though is the damage to personal and business reputations, the loss of precious time, compensation for the considerable effort and stress that is involved in a dispute and the not inconsiderable financial costs involved in such irretrievable breakdowns. The mediator I met was exceptionally professional and an expert in his field.

It is always so uplifting to receive good service, in whatever field. I have to say that the hotel (well known locally and once quite famous on the South Coast), I popped into, for a quick coffee before the meeting, desperately needed some much improved customer training skills to be instilled, as the service there was appalling…. I was embarrassed to be involved in hospitality, in the face of their incompetence, indifference and lack of care towards guests.

However, such meetings, service examples and just general day to day issues, including stopping the cows from entering through the hotel fence over the weekend… I know my life is so diverse (!) led me to ponder and reflect. On dissecting the problems we are currently faced with, and they are very complex, far reaching and enormously impacting on our business, after many months of living with them and wrestling to ensure they do not swamp us, my conclusion has been that every situation needs to be treated as a learning curve and whilst unpalatable, with the right approach and attitude, all problems are manageable, if you do not allow them to control you.

Of course, no one steps into a business venture, relationship or career expecting it to fail but if it does, or it all goes slightly askew, if you care deeply, then the hurt and pain it causes is immense. The stress is huge and the unfairness of the situation is hard to embrace. However, on reflection, isn’t that just a mirroring of life in general? Sometimes, in fact often, life is unfair….one wonders why people in the prime of their lives, at a young age and with seemingly much to live for, are snatched from us by accident or through illness? Why do some children die so young or become critically ill, why are older people so terribly afflicted by Dementia and Alzheimers? Why was such a brave and charming young man, such as Stephen Sutton, the brave lad who raised so much for the Teenage Cancer Trust, not able to have a longer life to live, when he did so much good and inspired so many, in the few short years he was here? Life is cruel and sometimes seemingly very unfair and not all whom we meet will be full of graciousness, love and kindness. Some are avaricious, immoral, egotistical and prepared to stop at nothing to attain their greedy goals. Others are cruel, unkind and mean spirited.

However, life can be good and the world of business can be too- when the right business partners are chosen, when the best business deals are done, when the adrenaline is flowing and the team spirit is soaring, there is nothing as exciting as watching a business thrive, soar, grow, succeed and flourish… life turns full circle and whilst there are stalls and hiccups along the way, sometimes it’s worth hanging in there to see what the next turn of fortune may bring.

To all those facing adversity, whatever it may be, stay strong, true and believe in yourselves as the power of positivity can never be underestimated.

God bless Stephen Sutton and may he rest in peace and be remembered for being such an inspiration to so many. His legacy is huge not just in the amount he helped to raise, but in the spirit of  how he lived life to the full to the very end.

Till next week

Nx

 

 

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Sunny weather, sunny smiles and sun shine moods at TerraVina…

As I write this, I am reminded of the song that Morecambe and Wise used to sing… “Bring me Sunshine”, I’m not sure why, except it is a gloriously sunny day, with wall to wall blue skies, the birds are singing and all seems well with my world for a little moment to be savoured and relished.

I know that when some of the team read this blog they will say… Morecambe and who? Last week most of them made me feel completely out of touch when I mentioned I was off to a concert… I think they were imagining some hip and trendy young group that’s in the charts and of course my street cred would have shot up (!) but instead I was met with blank faces when I said, Englebert Humperdink and I was jolted back to earth with a thud and no street cred intact (!) when they all chorused incredulously “Who????”….. nothing like making you feel old.

The concert tickets were a birthday present for my mum and we were both actually looking forward to what should have been a great live show, with a 60 piece BBC Orchestra, guest appearances and the atmosphere of one of my favourite London theatres, the Palladium… I would have been the youngest there of course which would have been great for my ego. However, sadly the concert was cancelled at the last minute as poor “Hump” was taken ill….a terrible shame but I suppose when a performer is 76 plus it’s a risk booking tickets – I should have booked for One Direction instead, but then Romy (my son), would never have spoken to me again, as I would have seriously damaged his street cred.

Another “golden oldie” who I saw recently and laughed at till it hurt was Pam Ayres… she is still brilliantly funny, very topical, astute and engages with her audience brilliantly… again the team had no clue who I was going to see, (the innocence of youth…. They all like the shouty, noisy style of comedian that’s on at the Apollo instead- I wouldn’t be allowed into the Apollo as I’m a hundred years too old for any of the shows they have on there.

And so here I am reminiscing and enjoying the sunshine- long may it last. I love the sunny weather. It makes me cheery, people are nicer to each other, we all smile more, the gardens and the forest blooms and people splash in the hotel pool and sounds of laughter fill the air and the clothes we all wear are lighter, brighter and prettier colours…. Lovely. Then of course when the sun shines there’s a great excuse for sitting outside with a cocktail (or two) and just watch the world go by….. all in,  I hope the sunshine lasts a little while yet and we all benefit from its rays, its warmth and the pleasure those sunbeams bring.

Till next week    Nx

 

 

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Hotel TerraVina asks… Whatever next????

I admit that, in agreement (but don’t tell him so!), with my darling husband, who tells me often, I’m not the easiest of people to be around on occasion… well who is? I have an explosive temper, BUT, only when really pushed so far and I very rarely lose it, as over the years I have learned to contain it, but now and then when I do lose it, it’s fairly spectacular!

However, when at the hotel, I try to remain cool, calm and as professional as possible, but in recent months, I have noticed that a tiny percentage of the general public have tried very hard to test my patience, my sanity and my temper…. Is it them or me? I believe (of course) it’s not me! It’s not just when they visit us they are unhappy and bad tempered, they are probably like that by nature and treat all front of house/customer service people in the same rude manner, but frankly I’ve had enough and have come to the conclusion that maybe I have been doing this job too long, am getting too old; I am for the first time ever wearing reading glasses to type this and am horrified that actually I haven’t been able to see properly for ages as the words are all jumping out at me and are so large and clear- WOW! Perhaps I am just not patient, kind and thick skinned enough to mind the abuse that we have thrown at us, admittedly on very rare occasions, but that said it is less rare and more commonplace than it used to be, and I’m sure that’s due in part to the likes of Trip Advisor, (other review sites are available!), giving people a platform to easily grumble, at their frustration at what is happening in the world, the UK and with the economy and just generally that people are less well mannered and nice to each other than they used to be and more keen to complain, shout, swear and generally be unkind to each other….. love thy neighbour (and fellow man) is a long gone saying I fear.

We are blessed with great staff and lovely guests most of the time and so when we have a “rogue” member of the team or a guest who doesn’t like what we do, we notice it keenly, care about the fact deeply and try to put it right, but it’s not always possible…. Sometimes the staff member will simply never fit in, never get the feel for the job in hand, realise the high standards we expect and not have the passion to love the job enough to take the lows with the highs. Sometimes, (mostly very rarely), we get unreasonable guests, such as the man who complained about the fact we didn’t ask how he would like his chicken cooked, guests who don’t agree with our no dog policy, (let me point out we personally LOVE dogs, but not all the guests do and as a business we need to please the majority for the business to survive), the guest who ordered a cake and was very precise of its specifications and what table they wanted only to not turn up, call to cancel or have the courtesy to answer our subsequent phone and email messages to check all was well or  the guest who cancelled a dinner booking because they didn’t like a starter dish the last time they dined with us many months before, as apparently the cheese in  the dish completely overpowered it, (there’s no cheese in the dish), and the guest who swore at me because we serve Nespresso coffee.

BUT, as harassed hoteliers, we have no recall when a tiny proportion admittedly of our guests break the door handles on the bedroom doors, (and often don’t let us know) break the TVs, smash the lamps, scuff the walls, stain the carpets with red wine, nail varnish and worse, break the bed, damage the baths and sinks by chipping the enamel, make staff cry with their bad manners and rudeness and so on and on and on……. however, just when I think, that’s it, enough is enough, I’m going to retire and go to anger management classes, we have people who surprise us with the unexpected and that’s exactly what happened at the end of last week.

Wedding guests wrote glowing tributes to our team, we had various TA reviews that were very kind and complimentary and e mails and cards from  guests thanking us and the team for ensuring they were so well looked after during recent stays and then the icing on the cake, a gift of a beautiful Orchid to say thank you to us and the team for being lovely hosts, from one couple who visit us very regularly, are huge supporters and simply super  nice people and a bouquet of gorgeous roses from another set of friends and guests who we have known for many years and who know that the past few months have not been somewhat trying for all sorts of reasons and just wanted to let us know they were thinking of us…. My faith in humanity has been restored.  Thank you to them all- their kindness is much appreciated and arrived at just the right moment.

At the time of writing this, one of my very dearest friends is being re-admitted to hospital for a further brain operation to remove a 3rd tumour. I have known her for 25 odd years, am Godmother to one of her beautiful daughters and love her and her family dearly and her being so brave in the face of adversity puts life’s little niggles into perspective. I just want to take this opportunity to let her know we are all thinking of her, cheering her on and sending much love for a speedy recovery

Till next week

Nx

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Hotel TerraVina has a great team and often they go far and beyond the call of duty…

We are immensely proud of our team who work with us here at TerraVina. Many of them have been with us since the very beginning and others for a number of the past 7 years. Our guests often remark on  the calibre of our team, how super friendly they all are, how professional, polished and utterly charming and we absolutely agree with them- they are indeed a lovely group of people who are a pleasure to work with and who make TerraVina the special place it is.

There are many team members who deserve a personal mention and all of them have individual talents worthy of praise, however, this week we received one of the nicest, kindest e mails that we have ever been sent in praise of the team and noting how special they all are. Singled out for warm compliments were Chris, our GM, Tanguy, our head sommelier, George and the kitchen team and earning an extra special mention was Lydia, our deputy manager.

Lydia is our “superwoman” she is Chris’s right hand, wing woman and takes on every challenge, opportunity and curved ball that we throw at her. She is loved by all and both us and the team can’t imagine TerraVina without her, she is a true hospitality star and we are so fortunate to have her.

Last weekend the hotel hosted a wedding and indeed it was the happy bride and groom that wrote us such a kind and complimentary e mail of thanks…. In it they mentioned Lydia as having been brilliant in helping them to organise their very special day and her tireless work throughout the preparation and the actual event to ensure that everything went smoothly and everyone had a super time… they then mentioned the fact that she had even given up her shoes for one of the wedding guests who had an emergency shoe situation only moments before the ceremony was due to start. When I checked with Lydia, she laughed and told me that indeed she had lent her shoes to one of the guests……. Now that’s what I call service and offering the very best detail. Well done Lydia for being such a star and a trooper.

May we take this opportunity to thank all of our team for all that they do- we are very proud of you all and from Gerard and I and all the team, we wish everyone a very Happy Easter; we hope to welcome you all again soon to sunny TerraVina (the sun is shining in all its glory and the pool is open too!)

Till next week

Nx

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Even after 30 years in Hospitality guests can still surprise us. Hotel TerraVina shares a few stories…

This past week has been a busy and eventful one. Members of the team continue to surprise us in so many ways, but more especially, even after so long working in this diverse and vibrant industry, when I just think I’ve seen it all, heard it all and had to deal with all that the wonderful general public can throw at us, a guest comes along and surprises us all, with what can only be described as one of the best outbursts I’ve ever heard.

Now I enjoy people watching- it’s one of my hobbies and I am fascinated by people’s behaviour, their psyche and their personalities. As an hotelier I am well placed to watch people to my hearts’ content and I am provided with a wealth of behaviour traits- fascinating! The best this week was a guest who knew their chicken wasn’t cooked to their liking, despite not having eaten it or even sampled it, because no one had asked how they wanted their chicken cooked…. ie: when we took the order we didn’t enquire as to whether the chicken was required to be cooked rare, medium, medium well or well done. Welcome to my world!

I suppose in my calm moments of reflection, it is challenges such as these that make being a hotelier so enriching, most of the time rewarding and sometimes a challenge and every now and then bewildering……. In all my years in hospitality (more than 30 years), I have never asked a guest how they would like their chicken cooked and nor would we even consider asking if they would prefer their chicken cooked rare or medium…however on this occasion we inadvertently offended a guest for exactly that, not asking how they wanted their chicken cooked- I’ve heard it all now!

The rest of the weekend was less eventful, although still filled with some dramas; emergency, past midnight calls, paramedics at the hotel, guests out of their comfort zone and any number of tiny incidents besides.

To top off the weekend nicely, on Sunday lunch time, having had numerous e mails and calls from a guest who was very specific in their booking requirements, table request and wanting a cake baked as a birthday surprise, but not any sort of cake, this one was very precise, with a website link to ensure we knew exactly how it must look, taste and what ingredients we would need. Thus we baked the cake, it looked beautiful- Moyra and George did a magnificent job. The specific table that had been requested was reserved, we had done as the guest requested and only corresponded by e mail so as not to spoil the surprise… and then at the allotted time of the table booking, no guests… an hour later still no guests, in fact they never arrived, the cake was not eaten and despite us having e mailed and called since to check the details and the date, no response from the guest… how rude and bad mannered can people be! Now, if something had gone wrong the other way round and we had forgotten to bake the cake, not reserved the right table or spoilt the surprise, no doubt the guest would have written about their annoyance on sites such as Trip Advisor (other review sites are available) and would have slammed the hotel for letting them down… but when the boots on the other foot and it’s the guest who is so bad mannered and just doesn’t turn up that’s ok… well no its not actually and I feel very aggrieved at such bad manners. Thankfully it’s only a handful of guests who book tables, order cakes and then don’t bother to call to cancel and just don’t show up, most of our guests are lovely, kind and considerate and with impeccable manners, so thank you to all of those who do appreciate what we do.

I’m looking forward with great anticipation to this weekend and what it may bring- lovely guests, happy people, sunshine, good manners and contentment all round I hope.

Till next week

Nx

 

 

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Celebrations and congratulations abound at Hotel TerraVina this week….

We are thrilled to be able to divulge the news that our super talented, Head Sommelier, Tanguy Martin, the once assistant of Laura Rhys, another of our lovely, talented and award winning sommeliers, (and who is now at La Trompette in London), has won the title of Chaine des Rotisseurs, UK, Young Sommelier of the Year. Last year Tanguy was in 4th position and this year, through sheer hard work, determination and much training, he was able to move rapidly into pole position, take the lead and ultimately win the title. Well done Tanguy – we are very proud of you and thrilled that all of your hard work and efforts have paid off. Tanguy will now be studying hard to do well in the International part of the competition which will be held in Denmark in September and we and all the team wish him very well. Thank you Ana, Maud and all the team for helping Tanguy to achieve this win- your support, training and endless tasting sessions for him have all helped him to win this round!

Very well done to the other finalists of the UK competition, who included sommeliers from The Vineyard, Medlar Restaurant and The Fat Duck- Bravo tous!

In addition to congratulating Tanguy, I would also like to mention my lovely husband Gerard who has proved once again that he has a great talent for mentoring, training, encouraging and inspiring still more proteges to continue to do well and to shine as they pursue their sommelier careers – he has helped to create a generation of aspiring, talented and ambitious sommeliers. He never ceases to amaze and impress me with the very fact that he is so generous in sharing his expertise, his experiences and his passion – many congratulations Gerard on being such a respected and well loved “Sommeliers Sommelier!” I’m very proud of you.

Congratulations also to Laura Rhys on her new position as Head Sommelier at La Trompette. Laura was with us for 6 years here at TerraVina and we, the team and the guests all loved her and were sad to see her spread her wings and leave, but she went with our blessing and we are very proud of her and her achievements and wish her much success in her new position- we have no doubt she will be a great success.

Well done too to our lovely deputy manager, Lydia. She recently sat her 1st set of Diploma wine exams and whilst we all anxiously await the results, we are sure she has done very well and she is to be admired for managing to study hard outside of her day to day responsibilities, but for a subject she is passionate about- she does a brilliant job for us as Chris’s deputy and has bought much to TerraVina in her 18 months with us.

All in all, weeks such as this past one, where so many of the team have proved how talented, hard working and enthusiastic they are, make us realise yet again how very fortunate we are to have such a fantastic team of people working with us- they make TerraVina the place it is- we think it’s special and that’s because we have extra special people working here- thank you all and well done to all of you, who all shine at different moments and collectively make us very proud!

Happy Mothers’ Day and till next week

Nx

 

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Yippee! Sunshine spotted at Hotel TerraVina and in the New Forest

At last the sunshine peeped through the clouds this past week- we were treated to glorious weather on both Saturday and Sunday and what a difference the sunshine made- we all felt uplifted- well I didn’t as I was poorly and feeling sorry for myself in  bed, but it was still lovely to see the sunshine through the windows. Then Monday was lovely too and we were all expectant and excited at the prospect that Spring had arrived; however  Tuesday has dawned as a dull, grey day, but we remain undeterred, Spring is, if not already here, at least on its way and that is something to be positive and happy about.

Thus I have filled the house with daffodils and tulips, I have thrown open all the windows and doors and we are Spring cleaning with a vengeance- no cupboard or space in the office remains untouched! Paint brushes at the ready- well they are in constant use actually as the hotel is continually painted and refreshed on an almost monthly basis…. An excuse to go shopping for new soft furnishings to freshen everywhere up and at last after too many long and dismal months the front door is open to the world in all its orange coloured Technicolor glory.

We have new TerraVina soft dogs and puppies in stock and that always makes us excited when we received the parcels and start to unpack and the grass is growing fast so Spring must be here. We have called the pool man and are getting excited at the idea of a twinkling pool reflecting the sunshine very soon

Yes we are excited that the sun peeped through and we hope it does so again very soon and maybe lingers awhile….. come and visit soon for a trip to Exbury Gardens, as soon they will be in their most magnificent glory with the blooming of the “Rhoddies” and Azaleas and the forest will be ablaze with bluebells and snowdrops too…. Thus find an excuse to escape and come to stay. We look forward to see you soon

Till next week

Nx

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The sun has peeped through and teased us here at TerraVina this week…

When I asked GB for a little bit of inspiration for this week’s blog… helpfully (not!) he said why don’t you write a “fluffy” one- it will make a change from you always ranting! Me always rant… I don’t think so! However it has been a while since I wrote a more lighthearted blog, but now the pressures on to think of a topic that is lighthearted and in GB’s words… “fluffy”

The problem is I don’t feel very fluffy at the moment- there is much going on and all of it is fairly weighty and serious rather than lightweight and frivolous. That said, we remain in awe of our talented team who make TerraVina what it is and who keep us from screaming when the life of a hotelier all gets too much.

Gerard continues to be a constant source of entertainment- he announced this week that he needs a PA. When I indignantly pointed out he already has one- ME! He laughed and stated he was thinking of a younger, more enticing version to keep him amused whilst in the office. Needless to say he won’t be getting a new PA anytime soon.

Romané our adorable son, who is growing too fast and looks more like a handsome man, instead of my baby, has been poorly, but is being brave and not succumbing to the man flu syndrome… however, Gerard fears he has caught the bug and is being a difficult patient, whilst demanding constant attention, hot drinks, medicine and TLC…. I too have caught Romy’s germs, it’s so kind of him to share them, but haven’t got time to be poorly, as we also have a poorly pup at home who is going stir crazy, as it is now 7 long days that we have not been able to take her for her usual 2 hours walkies. She is a princess at the best of times but being immobile has made her even more diva-ish and demanding of our attention, so with a sprinkling of fallen trees, smelly drains and a tricky guest or two thrown in for good measure the past week has been an eventful one and this week looks like it’s going the same way, without the tricky guests so far!

It must be the weather that is making us all feel out of sorts…. None of us like the rain and constant grey days and so when the sun peeped through for a short while yesterday we all rejoiced, called the swimming pool man and prayed for some long, leisurely lunches on the terrace soon, only to wake up to another grey and gloomy following day- however Spring is on its way and we have the daffodils and crocuses to prove it- roll on sunshine.

Do come and see us soon- even in the rain the forest is magnificent in all its’ muddy glory, but actually when the sun has come out to play it has been delightfully warm and pleasant and I cannot think of a nicer place to be… well alright then, Antigua comes a close second!

Till next week

Nx

 

 

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