I started writing this while Simon was filming our study for the new video. He felt it important that viewers should see the Orchard Farm nerve centre, so to speak. Whether it will survive the cutting/censorship stage remains to be seen.
All we are hoping for is an entertaining and informative few minutes which will give newcomers a flavour of what to expect and may perhaps revive some nostalgic memories for our many loyal ‘old stagers’.
It comes at the end of a long but enjoyable two days. The weather forecast was appalling, correctly so for yesterday, which was grey, overcast and drizzling on and off all day. It was grey, breezy and dreary here at Orchard Farm, but with much stronger winds at Carsington where John took Simon and his son Mike, who were working together on the video, to see lots of sailing boats skimming attractively over the waves. Or such was the hope, in fact there wasn’t a boat that dared to go out, but the windsurfers were apparently having a wonderful time, pitting their skills against the strong wind.
They went to Dovedale and had a very useful time at Tissington where Sir Richard was good enough to let them into his beautiful gardens at the hall (not always open to the public); they also filmed the Tissington White Peak Butchery – that favourite destination of so many of our guests (and us!) who all love to walk over the hills to buy their truly excellent meat and pies.
By the time the crew got to Chatsworth it was dusk and the drizzle was really beginning to settle in for good. The shots of Chatsworth, seen across the park, looked beautifully misty and dream like although more ideal would have been house basking in the glow of the setting sun.
Today, Friday, was much better than the forecast, and by mid afternoon the sky cleared and the sun shone, so in the end we were lucky. Simon and Mike made the very best use of the day, with lots of views of Parwich and a trip to the pub and the shop-in-the-pub. They caught our milk being delivered, and the papers, and our eggs. (They missed the veggie box delivery; they missed also the cake baking so my beautifully shiny oven door was a waste of time and elbow grease after all that!
The voiceover was the bit I had been truly dreading, but Simon made it relatively easy with sympathetic questions and promptings. We then gave them a supper of Tissington Bangers and saw them on their way back to Bath.
It will be some time before the new video hits the screen. The pictures need to be edited, the worst of the ums and ahs taken out of the voice over, and suitable background music selected.
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.