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  • Writer's pictureNicola McCabe

Who else misses a hug?

Hugging Day is postponed

Every year on January 21st, Hugging Day aims to encourage people to hug more, whether they know the person or not. Hugging has to be one of the simplest ways to show affection. And I recommend that people should do it with loved ones all the time. Sadly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 we are discouraged from kissing and hugging. So with the COVID-19 restrictions still in place, Hugging Day 2021 is postponed, because you should only be hugging people in your household 'bubble'.

No hugs in France

Bizarrely, in France where 'le bise' is a fundamental greeting (in non-Covid circumstances), hugging definitely is not the done thing. So if you attempt to hug a French person, they might get a bit too close, too 'touchy-feely', or they'll just stand there not knowing what to do next. They actually find it quite embarrassing because it's not the norm. Whereas I still find 'bisous' a bit awkward and I would much rather have a friendly hug. But hey ho, there’s no hugging in France so I’ve now learnt to refrain. However, when we are eventually allowed to visit family and friends in the U.K., be warned, it's going to be one big HUGFEST!

Hug a pet instead?

Although we find it comforting to hug our pets, they might not feel the same way about it.

Dogs generally love to be petted and hugged by people they are familiar with, whereas cats, well it depends what day of the week it is!

We recently adopted two abandoned kittens from the Chats de Chatillon cat refuge. They are fluffy and gorgeous, and fortunately they're still in the cuddling stage. I'm pleased to say that they have settled in well and have already forged an incredible bond with Tilly the dog.


“When you hug a tree, you feel it first in your toes and then up your legs and into your chest and then up into your head.” Þór Þorfinnsson, forest ranger

If you haven't got a pet, or you have a no-hugs-allowed kind of pet, then maybe you should find a nice, huggable tree. Preferably go for one in your own garden or in nearby woodlands, but not on someone else's property, unless you have their permission. Fortunately we have acres of trees surrounding our property, and they make an ideal windbreak when we're sitting in the hot tub. The other great thing about trees is that they won't run away, or look worried or embarrassed when you give them a hug.

There is no scientific research to back up tree-hugging, but just being in the 'great outdoors' can be a boost to your mental and physical well-being. If you have a hot tub then you'll already appreciate the health benefits of bathing and hydrotherapy, but being outdoors for at least 2 hours is also good for your health. So why not give it a go?

Fill that tub, light that boiler and go and spend a little time in your hot tub heaven. Maybe on the way to the tub you can hug a tree for a few minutes too. Because we all need a good old-fashioned hug to get us through the day.

Keep up to date

We have already had several enquiries from business owners asking about our summer Hot Tubs On Tour. In fact our first event of the year is on Sunday 24th January at Chateau Gioux. So if you would like to host one of our events, please get in touch. It's a good opportunity for people to 'try before they buy' and event hosts get a great discount if they buy a tub from us!

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If you would be interested in hosting a hot tubs open day, call and have a chat with Nicola on 0749 19 46 84. Or email

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