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Archive for July, 2010

A rare opportunity to see J & MF-S on stage

The two big DRCS fundraising events I mentioned in the previous post are planned for later in the year. You can find out a bit more about them  if your click the link to DRCS above; both events will really be very well worth attending if you are anywhere in the area. (For those many [...]

Catching up

Another busy week in the Orchard Farm household, but the business mainly very pleasurable. Friday is usually a very full day here, with the changeovers, and getting anything else done that needs to be done in the way of repairs and maintenance in the five hours that we have. It was as full as any [...]

Let us in!

Weeks go by with frightening rapidity but no great drama (thank goodness) and then out of the blue something happens just to keep us all on our toes. Fortunately our guests seem remarkably cheerful and resilient which is more than we sometimes feel when something totally unforeseen goes wrong, when the last thing we want [...]

The Dowager Duchess and the last day of the 2010 Buxton Festival

Another Buxton Festival has come to an end. It was unfortunate for us that our Cornish/Devon trip took a whole week out of the programme but we ended well. Yesterday, Roy Hattersley, who had done so much as chairman earlier on to develop the festival by attracting excellent speakers and events spoke movingly and very [...]

Your Roving Reporters in the West Country

Holiday cottages in Cornwall – there’s hardly any limit to the lengths one will go to undertake market research. We were enticed by a delightful invitation from Ruthie and Nick, our English young – which  sadly because of the distance could not include the Autralian contingent-  to celebrate our recent significant but unmentionable  birthdays in [...]

Bald as a Coot

…but mother still loves youWe were strolling round Tissington the other day, daughter Ruthie  having bought us some wedding anniversary plants from the nursery there, when we were charmed to see this mummy coot,  nesting on a very precarious looking bunch of weeds in the big pond. (We also felt rather proud that we had [...]

Buxton Festival continues

Many more excitements at the Opera House since the last post…no less than two operas followed by Cherie Blair this morning, being interviewed (I think the expression is ‘in conversation with’ ) Dame Janet Smith, who is chairman of the Buxton Festival, and like Cherie Blair a barrister. Starting with the last, we were both [...]

Buxton Festival 2010 next instalment

Alastair Sawday:the global food crisisThe morning talks are great. The speakers are inevitably very experienced, often amusing entertainers, and the hour passes only too quickly; yet afterwards in the sunshine outside they will linger and chat as they sign their books and everyone mills around wondering where to go for a quick bite of lunch, [...]

How to relax!

Chilling out in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns“Absolutely shattered!” “I feel so stressed!” Work has been a nightmare!” See how Richard and Joanna enjoyed relaxing with their two Cairns last week: “How hard it was to leave Orchard Farm, Toms Barn was everything we had hoped for and much more. What a fantastic location, buttercup meadows, [...]

Buxton Festival 2010

The Three Explorers – What’s the Point of Expeditions?The 2010 Buxton Festival  season has begun. It opened with an opera last night – Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi; we didn’t go but are being taken by some friends next week which is a treat to look forward to. The festival for us therefore started this [...]