January 1st 2017 started cold and wet with a few sleety showers. A quiet day with lunch at the Aisseford Tearoom after which brother in law headed home. Monday was a cold but sunny day. No arrivals or departures and it was back to business despite being a bank holiday. The annual newsletter had gone out so this resulted in a number of emails and phone calls and some bookings. In the afternoon one of our regular guests called in for a cup of tea and made a booking for next New Year. It was very crunchy underfoot when I took Smudge out for his evening walk. A nice sunrise on Tuesday then first New Year departures with three cottages leaving and two cleaners here. Took down the trees from the vacated cottages. Another busy day for phone calls and emails with more bookings. Wednesday was a busy day with five departures and two arrivals. For me down to Bakewell for the first dancing session of the year leaving Chris in charge. Both cottages arrived between 3&4 pm, both have been before. Packed up some Christmas trees and a few more bookings came through too. Thursday was a cold sunny day. Two more arrivals and a cleaner here. Took down more trees and packed away some decorations. Both cottages here between 4&5 pm, one has been before. Crunchy underfoot again when took Smudge out. Friday was dull and drizzly. No departures but a further two arrivals with one cleaner here. Down to Bakewell first thing to get provisions for the weekend. Took down final decorations although Chris still has to take down the lights. Both cottages here between 3.30 and 4pm, both have been before. It has been a busy start to the year.