We have been away for eight days and I must admit, have had a wonderfully relaxing and fun time, helped no end by uninterrupted sunshine and warmth and blissfully peaceful stretches of water where there seemed to be no one else but John and me and our two very good friends Erica and Colin on our boat and some wonderful views and birds.
Hopeful plans that I might sit on the deck of our Norfolk Broads gin palace composing one enticing blog post after another were soon dashed by the fact there was not at any stage the slightest whisper of any internet connection or mobile phone network.
The outcome was that I had an even more relaxing time on the ‘ocean’ wave than i had expected and that we returned home to 396 emails to deal with and not a single word of a blog post composed!
Sorry. I’ll try to make up for it. The silly thing is I love doing the blog, it’s not that I find it a hardship at all. But after such a long silence the first thing I must do before regaling you with tales of Norfolk is bring you up to date with any news. All I can really think of is that David our lovely joiner made and fitted a new bath panel for the Douglas’s Barn bath while we were away. Janet reports that it looks really good, but we have yet to see it…
We also before we went away, decided – somewhat on impulse – lured by a most enticing offer from the local Honda dealers – to trade in our purple low mileage 2009 model for a shiny khaki 2013 version with 10 miles on the clock. We picked it up yesterday, and since then have lived in terror of at the least scratching it on the narrow lanes, or at worst meeting a tractor head on round a bend. So far, after 24 hours, all is well and unscathed.
A fairly major minor drama arose when we discovered that my key to the old car was unaccountably missing, nowhere to be found. When we were told by Honda that to replace it would cost £250 we realised the enormity of the loss. They gave us until today as the deadline, when they would have to order a replacement… We spent two days hunting and rehunting, lifting cushions, going through pockets, even looking in the washing machine. Almost literally at the 11th hour I found it in a coat pocket, that John and I had both previously checked, but what a relief!
We are also in the process of updating our holiday cottage payment process, eventually transferring from our current static card machine downstairs to a ‘virtual terminal’ which we can access wherever we are. It hasn’t happened yet so we may find all sorts of disadvantages but are hoping that it will make everyone’s lives easier. At present, if someone wants to pay by bank card while we are away we have to wait until we get home again to process it…
So that sort of brings you up to date. Tomorrow, or during the weekend, I will tell you more about our actually trip on the Norfolk Broads, and then our little detour home via Wales.
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.