Return to work……
Before we left Dublin we had a quick tour of this very interesting and historic city – which includes this statue of Oscar Wilde with his many quotes including ‘only dull people are brilliant at Breakfast’ which is comforting to those of us who are a litttle slower to get going in the morning. It was good to see so much effort being given to making tourism work and in doing so assist with the economic recovery.
On the way home we called into Golden Cap and the team are doing a great job with 16 caravans now sited and connected. The landscaping is moving on very rapidly with the fine weather and the grass seed is starting to grow – so all looking good for Easter! After spending 5 hours clearing paper which had gathered up over the last few days, we are now ready for a very busy week….hopefully we will get planning permission this week to fit the solar panels and air heat source units before the of April. The government is encouraging investment in alternative energy and we are willing to change, but the planning process is expensive and complicated….you have to ask the question – why?
Ireland -EFCO meeting
On the way to Dublin we visited the EFCO Chairman’s park in Blarney near Cork. An excellent touring park which is very popular with UK visitors near Blarney Castle the home of the Blarney stone. Having kissed the stone I should have the gift of eloquence which will help me in future with this blog!
In Dublin we had a very good meeting with over 30 delegates looking at some of the proposals coming out of Brussels including the working directive and other changes which may have impact on caravanning and camping. The social highlight was Dinner in the brewery and being taught how to pour a pint of Guinness correctly. i will be training our team on my return which will be good news for all our regular customers
A new season has started with a lovely sunny day and the brightest moon for 30 years – Seatown and Eype have woken up and it was great to see our parks and the local bars and restaurants busy again after a long, cold and quiet winter. I must remember to update my blog more regularly to keep you up to date – I am currently in Ireland to attend an EFCO meeting and I am sure all my European colleagues are looking forward to 2011. I must go now and try some Guiness and see if I can see any good ideas for our bar! (first time updating blog with iPad)
Golden Cap – new Caravan Holiday Homes for hire
Visited Golden Cap today to check up on the new development where we are making excellent progress with the good weather. The landscaping is starting to take shape with the co-ordination activity of mini diggers and dumpers. In some areas we are actually waiting for the grass seed to grow! It is starting to look like a Holiday Park again – I will try and upload some photos soon
9 of the 20 new premium Caravan Holiday Homes have been sited and the others are arriving over the next 10 days. We are now taking bookings from Easter and we are confident that our visitors will appreciate the quality of this re-development. We cannot wait for our first Lodge to arrive which will be available to hire from May.
Fire Extinguisher Training
Yesterday lots of good memories of my days in the fire service when one of my old colleagues from Dorset Fire & Rescue Service trained 30 of our staff in fire safety and the use of extinguishers. For many it was the first time they had used an extinguisher including Vanessa who volunteered to be the first one to use the noisy CO2 extinguisher.
After the fun in the morning, I read through the Government’s new Tourism Policy. Some parts of the policy look promising for us and UK holidays, but how will it happen. Also, am I sufficiently enthusiastic to get involved?……………possibly, if the involvement of the local councils is limited
What a journey……
A very busy week – ending with a very interesting trip to Paris for the management meeting of EFCO; I left Dorchester at 0600hrs and all was fine until they closed Waterloo and the train terminated in Surbiton which meant a journey by more trains, buses and two underground lines across London eventually arriving at St Pancras one hour late.
The wonderful staff at Eurostar managed to find me a seat on the next train – an unusual experience for someone usually waiting for cows to cross the road rather than the stress of commuting to the city. However, a good meeting on friday morning and then the planned return race leaving Waterloo at 1415hrs to get back to Dorset in time for the annual Henry Smith Ball and this year he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his heart transplant – he has devoted the last 20 years to raising money for charity – what an achievement….made my stressful journey very insignificant.
Birmingham NEC – Caravan and Boat Show
We visited the show last Saturday – first time for about 6 years.
Very impressed with the layout across 5 halls which was a credit to the industry and provided a wide range of touring caravans, motor caravans, caravan holiday homes, tents and holiday destinations for the many visitors.