27 December 2007

New Year in the forest (1)

In her 20s, my sister Jennifer fell in love with all things Greek, including her husband Denis. She's now happily settled on the island of Zachynthos with 3 children, 2 dogs, several chickens and 2 hotels to run. Often she brings her family back to visit us after Christmas and this year we are planning a get together over New Year.

When she consulted me on the best place for us to gather, I thought about a large country house, perhaps by the sea with roaring log fires and mulled wine to see the New Year in. But the reality of keeping several teenagers entertained cut in and we slightly regretfully settled on Centerparcs at Longleat. I say slightly regretfully because my husband, whose tastes tend towards the wild and windswept places, finds the place somewhat contolled and contrived. We once took a break there when the children were younger which was a great success for everyone but him, except for the hair-raising incident when the bikes almost came flying off the roof-rack on the journey down. The only drawback on this occasion was the price which seemed extortionate, even for New Year, but luckily our parents were feeling in a generous mood to help out.

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