There is no dramatic news of thaws, or indeed even more snow. The last two days have seen blue skies and apparently warm, bright sunshine but not either warm or bright enough to melt much of the snow although the level is down on its previous highs. I thought the photo of the wallflowers gamely peeping through the snow might give us encouragement! Maybe the snow can’t last for ever.
Life below our final slope has more or less returned to normal although getting in and out of the village still needs care; apparently once on the main roads everything is pretty well all right. Our guests are parked below the snow line, and those coming tomorrow plan to do the same.
Meanwhile, our bad weather contingency plans worked well and as so often happens when conditions are different/difficult it creates a rather exciting sense of fun, of everyone appreciating and enjoying the unusual even if that unusual means wielding shovels and spades to clear the drive and dig each others’ cars out. And we are extremely grateful to our good neighbours, without whom we would still be virtually marooned up here!
The way everybody rallies round and offers help – and most of it sheer physical flog – is very moving. It is a cliche, but this sort of situation does seem to bring out the best in us all (as long as it doesn’t last too long…).
We have been having the most glorious May. The gardens are looking splendid and we have had lots of guests enjoying the lovely Peak District. We have had to turn our attention, as lots of others have, to become compliant with new laws. We are sure that you are all aware that the new GDPR […]
It may still be a bit chilly but the blossom is out at Orchard Farm. Looking forward to some nice warm weather for our guests to enjoy. Lots of bookings already for May, June and July but still a few gaps just waiting to be filled. Hoping to see new and returning guests to Tom […]
As winter seems determined to creep into Spring it seems appropriate to have a post Easter offer. Mid April is a lovely time to start to blow away the cobwebs. What better place to be than a brisk walk or leisurely stroll in the Peak District. The weather will be warmer, can’t be any colder […]