December 2011 was the first December in 4 years that I have not spent some time at the delightful Pat's Place in Hermanus (due to personal commitments in Johannesburg.) I visited Hermanus during the Kalfie Fees in August, and was once again blown away by Suzanne's hospitality, the warm homely feel of the guesthouse and the variety of activities in the town. August being the first time I've visited in winter, I was pleased that the beds have electric blankets, the sherry decanter is always full, and one day, due to an oversight by the plumber, we had no hot water in the guesthouse! Suzanne apologised profusely and offered us the use of the shower in her home! Did I mention that her hospitality blows me away! This note is just to say that I missed Pat's Place this Christmas.