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Archive for March, 2010

The Wildest Dream

We have just returned from a brief overnight trip to London to attend a rather special event – the ‘IMAX preview’ of this amazing film which is not due for release until 6th August. The film – which was ’26 years in the thinking and five in the making’ was directed by Anthony Geffen, our [...]

Where is our water?

Severn Trent are not our favourite people at the moment. I very much doubt that anyone from Severn Trent will ever see this moan but it does one good to get it off the chest. It turns out that some parts of the village (but not us) were warned that their water supply might be [...]

GTBS Silver Award for Tom's and Douglas's Barns

We have at last heard from the Green Tourism in Business Scheme (GTBS) that we have gained a Silver Award following our inspection last month, so our progress greenwards is real and recognised officially! More about this tomorrow, but meanwhile, apparently we scored 73.7%. Silver Awards are for scores between 65 and 79%, so I [...]

2011 in Tom's and Douglas's Barns

We may be nearly full this year, but 2011 is wide open with only a couple of bookings to date (four to be exact). At the moment the silly problem is that until we have entered prices, no one can book online. The obvious answer is to decide on prices but how does one anticipate [...]

Steak and Kidney Pudding in the Slow Cooker

You may have been wondering how the  the catering went when we invited Debbie and Trevor  to supper with us in Tom’s Barn last week, whilst we were guests there ourselves. Rather rashly I had decided to try the slow cooker recipe for Steak and Kidney Pudding; too late I had remembered that when catering [...]

The Silence of the Mystery Shoppers

Why the strange silence? Had we absconded  for ever to Tom’s Barn? Drowned in the love tub or fled the country…? The last is nearer the truth. We have been down to London where our daughter Ruthie was signing in a concert (in the choir, not as a soloist!) fondly imagining we’d be writing daily [...]

Tom's Barn Mystery Shoppers

Not so mysterious after all, but we are taking the quality research very seriously. We’ve always loved both our barns, and it felt really lovely staying there last night, quite cocooned from the real world and feeling very relaxed and holidayish. We tried another telephone on the line and that doesn’t work either, so what [...]

Spring has reached Orchard Farm!

  This cheering bud opened today (Tuesday 16th March) in the wonderfully warm spring sunshine by our front door. What a happy sight after a long and dreary winter although the snowdrops have down their best to lift everyone’s spirits – they have been a delight this year…

We've moved in to Tom's Barn!

Well, nobody booked this midweek break Monday 15th (Ides of March) to Friday 18th March so we have with some excitement and unseemly haste, moved in ourselves to enjoy the delights – or otherwise – at first hand. What a difference, just crossing that courtyard, seemed to make, silly as it might sound… we really [...]

Bargain midweek break in Tom's Barn!

We’ve succumbed. We daily turn away so many hopeful people who want unavailable dates, we couldn’t believe we’d find ourselves with a midweek break absolutely nobody at all  seems to want…! Maybe it’s been a battle of nerves, with someone out there waiting to see if we’d drop the price. Well, we have! We have [...]