Phew! Christmas is already a distant memory… decorations are packed back in their boxes and we’re all back to work already. If you’re still recovering from the festive break and haven’t yet thought about 2017… don’t worry we’ve put together our Top 10 Resolutions to help give you a fresh start to the New Year!
2015 was a big year for holidays in Scotland – the Year of Food and Drink, Edinburgh Festival, creative art exhibitions, grand concerts and nail-biting sporting events attracted over 15.5 million overnight trips* from tourists travelling from all over the world.
The recent snowy weather in England has been heavily reported on the TV and the daily papers. Who would have thought that the wrong type of fluffy snow would stop all the channel tunnel trains and cause such chaos? What is not being reported is that Scotland is also in the grip of a cold snap at the moment. There is a large amount of snow on the ground, the ground is frozen and in the Highlands the daytime temperature is not rising above freezing.
Therefore those people who are booked into Scotts Castle Holidays properties over Christmas 2009 and New Year 2009/2010 must be aware of these conditions and deal with them accordingly. Contact the owner of the property in advance and discuss the weather conditions. Check the conditions on-line with the BBC Weather Forecast. Pack enough warm clothing. Take the time to put stronger anti-freeze into the car. Drive carefully for the conditions. Driving on snow and ice will take longer – so you may have to start your journey earlier. In the Highlands, the locals keep a small shovel in the car in case they get stuck. Like the Scouts motto – be prepared.
According to the bookmakers a “White Christmas” is one where a snowflake lands on the roof of a regional met office. In most of the northern section of Scotland, there is going to be snow. Enjoy it and have fun.
Wherever you are over these festive holidays, Scotts Castle Holidays wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Another year bites the dust and we all return to work resolving to make wholesome changes to our mental, spiritual and physical selves. Well, that would almost be true if we did ALL return to work, however, the sad fact is that three quarters of our team are laid up in bed with the dreaded lurgey.
Once Vicky and I heard this news, all aspirations of ‘cleansing drinks only’ during tea breaks, and ‘if the tummy growls go for the fruit bowl’ (not the biscuit tin) have been dashed at the first hurdle. So much for New Year’s resolutions.
I do have two main New Year’s resolutions this year though. The first I’m not going to divulge – because it has ‘shame on you’ written all over it. Alright twist my arm, I’ll tell you – it’s giving up smoking (other people’s) cigarettes. Yes, I confess, I’m one of those rotten OP’s that you run a mile from at a party as they come shimmying up to you with a cloying smile all over their face and start with the words ‘would you mind?’.
My second resolution is to try (being the operative word) to achieve ‘work/life’ balance this year. Going on holiday for a start. It seems mad that here I am in the business of sending people on their dream holiday to luxurious fairytale castles, or big country houses with indoor swimming pools, or fantastically located lodges perched on stunning lochs – and I don’t allow myself the time to enjoy any of this myself.
Reading clients feedback (and that’s one of my many jobs) my eyes swim with envy as they often comment on what a ‘fantastic time they had’ and ‘how good it was to get all the family together’ and how ‘amazingly relaxed they felt’. Relaxed – I barely know the meaning of the word!
I’m sure I’m not the only one with an out of kilter work/life balance. If you are one of them – then resolve like me to be proactive this year. Get out your diary RIGHT NOW, choose some work/life balance dates (give them a punchy title if you can) and choose something to do, choose somewhere to go – but book it now before another year bites the dust.
If you’re short on ideas – why not rent a castle!
Happy New Year!