Just thinking, and it might not work, but how nice it would be if we could all of us, from all over the country, meet up for a weekend?
We part own and my husband operates, a hotel here in the Lake District.
If I really sweet talk him, he might offer a massive discount say - £80 per night B&B / room - one or two people ( usually £199 upwards we can't put everyone up for free obviously ) but if we go for say a really quiet time , end November or beginning of December, a nice pre Chrsitams treat, it would probably be ok.
We also have an award winning tour company called Mountain Goat and I know he'd be happy for us to have a day out. The buses hold 16 people.
I'm not trying to boost the coffers, but am well aware that some of you live miles away - a weekend - Friday and Saturday - with or without families, would make it worthwhile.
Yes, it would cost, but honestly I think that the benefits we'd all reap would be worth it, and it would be great to meet everyone!
If trains prove a bit pricey, what about car sharing ?
Anyway, just a thought.
Photo to encourage you all to visit this gorgeous part of the world and is of family friend and me by the way, husband behind camera!