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Wibbly Wobbly Whisk-Away Wednesday

Our ceanothus is blooming merrily above the snowdrops

John was listening to Radio 4 this morning and reported the fact – new to us – that apparently December 28th is the biggest day in the year for booking holidays as everyone in Britain awakes to feelings of gloom, guilt and despondency brought on by late nights, over-indulgence and general over-excitement which as all adults know but tend to forget, can only end in tears…

Wobbly Wednesday? Wistful Wednesday? John said today, Wednesday December 28th, had been dubbed something alliterative but he couldn’t remember quite what. Woeful Wednesday? Certainly not Wonderful Wednesday… so we think we’ll plump for Wobbly Wednesday. (In fact John now tells me it was none of these guesses, but ‘Whisk-Away’ Wednesday.)

We knew from past experience that for all the same reasons, early in January is always extremely busy and all the travel writers and newspapers cash in on the fever of booking mania which no doubt they themselves have stirred up in the first place. What we don’t remember ourselves is any panic actions before New Year.

Snowdrops flowering on Christmas Day 2011

Last year we got precisely one booking on the 28th, and only three between Christmas and New Year (and then really masses during January.) So far we have had one booking today, which hardly suggests panic booking; in fact as 2012 must be nearly half booked already our guests – especially those far-sighted dog-owners, who, having found a dog-welcoming-top-quality-for-humans-too Five star cottage that suits them plan their holiday here well in advance just to be sure of getting in at all.

A Christmas Day rose at Orchard Farm

Anyway, just to remind anyone who hasn’t noticed, if you want to take advantage of 2011 prices which are roughly 5% less than 2012’s (perhaps it should have been a higher rise, given the way everything else is going up) you have until Saturday to book. After that we move to 2012 prices.

Meanwhile, have a very happy run up to the New Year. For those of us who have only just about got used to writing 2011 it is hard to believe we are now nearly in 2012. We sincerely hope we all have a good and peaceful and happy year. Meanwhile, to end on a cheering note, how can anyone feel too woeful, weak or wobbly when we have roses, ceanothus and snowdrops flowering together and the weather is mild and the days are already beginning to lengthen; but if planning to whisk yourselves away by booking one of our two barns for a relaxing holiday next year helps you face the future, so much the better!

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