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December is here again and it’s nearly Christmas

December is here again and it’s nearly Christmas – where has the year gone?  It has been quite a busy November at the cottages and also for me getting advertising in the Ribble Valley magazine and the Forest of Bowland Magazine for 2018.

We attended a meeting at Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall for the Forest of Bowland members.  It was great to network with other local businesses and also the meeting was really informative about certain EU grants you can apply for.  However, as we are such a small business, these are  not available to us.  I still think grants from the EU to help sustainable tourism are fantastic – I suppose anyone who is thinking of applying for a grant should do so pretty dam quick as they will not be there once Brexit is enacted!!

I have been busy decorating the cottage in Church View Cottage in Gisburn so it is all Christmassy for our next guests.   I have not done School House Cottage yet as the guests who were staying until 1st December did not want the Christmas decorations up for their stay – of course, you have to respect your guests’ wishes.  Anyway, we decided to take a few days away before the Christmas rush and popped off to Amsterdam for the Christmas Markets – now here lies a story, we arrive and then find out that the Christmas Markets do not start until after we leave!!!!!  No issue as to be honest Amsterdam is such a pretty place to stroll around and take in the sights.

As you know, I like to have a walk of the month and December’s is the Downham Circular – if you decide to do this walk do not forget to take some duck food as the ducks love being there and swimming in the river http://forestofbowland.com/files/uploads/pdfs/walks/DownhamCirc2.pdf

We have been stocking up with logs and coal again so our guests can have a roaring fire when they stay in one of our cottages.

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Snuggle up to a lovely fire after a nice walk in the open countryside