Feeling a bit like an aged footballer, or boxer, or pop star who suddenly remerges from the shadows of retirement to make a comeback, I shyly peep through the curtain of Saharan dust.
I have been quite silent and apparently absent from the blog front for too long. Retired? Retired as a salary earner but I still class myself as working, just as hard as ever, as a slaray-less but totally happy holiday cottage owner. My problem (as if i only had one!) is that in my mind I am now a lady of leisure, with no office to go to.
Instead of going to the office very day during the past week I have been on two walks with friends, John and I have been at a full day online marketing conference in Nottingham and yesterday I spent all day in Stafford at the Enjoy Staffordshire AGM. We have also had some old as in longstanding friends to stay, AND we went to Stratford last Saturday for a double Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies bill…!
Spelling it all like that makes it clear, even to me, that such a programme doesn’t allow much time for writing new websites or even writing a blog post. (And – I admit with some embarrassment – we are off to London tomorrow, as daughter Ruth is singing in a concert on Saturday night.
So, in my mind a lady of leisure, in practice a hopelessly under-functioning blog post writer. I will try to improve – little and often, rather than perfectly crafted pieces that never materialise!Nothing to do with anything other than general excitement, I cannot resist sharing this lovely photo John took a couple of days ago of a young friend, Ben’s ewe and her four healthy lambs that had just been born to her. All four look amazingly healthy and apparently so far are all feeding well, which is unusual as ewes are only equipped to feed two at a time! Often the stronger ones with elbow out a weaker sibling who the farmer will have to try to put with another ewe or feed by bottle.
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.