There really is hope – spring is getting nearer all the time. Here at Orchard Farm we have been watching carefully as several dwarf daffs have gradually revealed more yellow each day since last week, but we can proudly record that our first grown up daffodil has actually made it before the month of February is officially out. What a heartening sight! The splash of yellow sums up sun and warmth and just makes you want to smile. Meanwhile the faithful snowdrops are still blossoming in their happy clumps although the first ones to come out in front of the house are actually over by now; they have all been a real joy and encouragement in what has been a long winter.
We have a busyish morning tomorrow with the AGM of our Peak District Premier Cottages regional group – lots to report and discuss and including a workshop given by Caron Lyon on using social media effectively. As a group we have a Peak District Premier Cottages Facebook page now, to share news and views with other owners and our guests so amongst other things (in the hour!) we are hoping to learn how to use it most usefully for everybody. So far the page has only 15 people ‘liking’ it but when at least 25 people do we can change the name from a random looking lengthy code to the rather more easily remembered Peak District Premier Cottages.
A final news flash – we have just been sent, three weeks after the inspector’s visit, our Visit England Quality in Tourism report. We cannot open it! As you might imagine, that is quite frustrating. What on earth does it say that we are prevented from seeing?
Decided it was time to give the outside of the barns a bit of a face lift. We have replaced all the barn doors, all the exterior has been repainted, new furniture outside and new parasols t shade that lovely sun that we are still getting. A big thank you to all the skilled trade […]
Due to a health issue one of our soon to arrive guests has had to cancel so Tom’s Barn is available for a sneaky Autumn break.Bank holiday week is available and what better than to spend in the lovely surrounding countryside village of Parwich. If previous years are to go by the weather should still […]
Ever since we moved here we have wanted a dog, the farm just calls out for one. We have lots of guests that bring their dogs and each time we said we need to get on of our own. Well here she is Sunshine Honeybeam otherwise known as Izzy. She is a wired haired Vizsla […]