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Environmental Quality Mark for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

I Environmental Quality Mark for Tom's Barn and Douglas's Barnam sorry to have neglected the blog for so many days. We have had a very busy time recently wearing all the different hats that we do and there hasn’t been much ime for anything, let alone gentle ramblings at the computer.

Busy? Pimms on the lawns at Haddon Hall with mediaeval music in the background, followed by a delicious dinner in the Haddon Hall restaurant…? A terrific reward for some previous business…

Many of you who peruse these gentle ramblings from time to time may remember that at times in the recent past we were struggling over the fairly rigorous application process for the EQM, followed by a two-hour ‘Verification’/Inspection visit. Some of the difficulties were because we were the first batch of applicatnts to undertake the online application; as part of the pilot process for the revamped scheme we did not have to pay a registration fee but were helping iron out any glitches in the system. It is reassuring if totally unfair, to be able to blame a new system for all form-filling difficulties one experiences!

Anyway, in spite of that neat disclaimer it was a very well thought out process and it has certainly helped us understand more of the responsibilities we all share for protecting the environment and supporting -in our case- the Peak District – and everyone else who lives and works and visits the area.

Celebrations at Haddon Hall after our EQM awardThe Award Presentation and Dinner at Haddon was a delightful experience. After a full day on Wednesday preparing – chopping herbs, grating limes and fresh ginger and squesing the limes and cutting up thousands of cherry tomatoes, for the DRCS charity luncheon at Over Haddon on the Thursday (since you’re wondering, “Jubilee Chicken” quite delicious and I may share the recipe soon!) salad, new potatoes followed by strawberries and chocolate brownies with creme fraiche in the beautiful new village hall at Over Haddon it was lovel to go seamlessly after a quick change in the (in my case) Ladies to becomae a guest with no duties.

Lots of our local Peak District Premier Cottages friends and colleagues were there, many already EQM Award holders, and several new ones, like us, so it was all very jolly and social. We got back here at 11.30 when i had to start baking cakes for our guests and the Flaxdale Open Gardens…

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