Romantic cottages for two in the Peak District

Gathering Roses…

Poppies in the garden at Orchard Farm

Not Roses but Poppies

We’re still here, believe it or not! Just bobbing up our heads briefly, to show that we haven’t totally disappeared, in spite of the silence on the blog.

It’s been a question rather of ‘Gather ye roses while ye may…” and we have been gathering roses with a vengeance! By the way, the image with this post is intentionally some poppies from the Orchard Farm garden, rather than roses, in the week that communities like ours all over the country commemorated the centenary of the start of the 1st World War, on Monday 4th August.

Centenary of Start of WW1

We Will Remember Them 4/8/2014

80 men from Parwich fought in the war, and many of them – great grandfathers and great uncles of families still living in the village, died, so the service held by the war memorial in St Peter’s churchyard was particularly poignant.

Meanwhile, since my last post we have been to a really lovely a family wedding. This was followed immediately by our Green Tourism re-assessment, to see if we have kept up all our green credentials and can retain our Gold Award. (We haven’t heard yet.) This re-inspection involves a two-hour inspection and ‘interview’ accompanied by a large amount of paperwork and supporting evidence, so there were a few very short nights in between all the gallivanting.

Then almost immediately afterwards we had daughter Ruthie and some friends up from London for a weekend followed immediately by some very good ‘old’ friends form South Africa, their son and daughter-in-law and grandchild… All this has been great, great fun but it has not left much time for bloggish activity, as you can imagine.

Son Nick flew to China yesterday for the Youth Olympics (covering the games, not competing in them!). Meanwhile, our two holiday cottages are full all the time – that is more pure pleasure for us, with a slight amount of work involved.

Eventually life may quieten down, there’ll be more frequent blog posts and the website may eventually be born. Let’s hope so, anyway.

And finally, guess what – I feel almost shy to say – but we are off to Yorkshire tomorrow for another rather special weekend of anniversary festivities of some more very very good friends…

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