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Archive for January, 2011

Tom’s Barn News Catch-up

The days have hurtled by in a flurry of trying to sort out our email crisis and getting our tax returns done by the end of the month. Thanks to a lot of help from Aaron at Dove Computers in Ashbourne, and Jeremy Brough our website wizard, the email situation is more or less restored; [...]

The first snowdrops of the year at Orchard Farm

Both photos were taken today, Wednesday January 19th – the first full moon of the year, and much more significantly, the first snowdrops of the year at Orchard Farm. Aren’t these snowdrops lovely?  And would you say they were flowering? Certainly almost, and it is a very heartening sight to see all these clusters of [...]

The sun shone, but not such a good day for some

The snowdrops are ALMOST out. One could call it out, but they aren’t quite in full bloom.That’s the good news. Now for the rest. Not such a good day today. I got up at 5.30 to finish as I fondly hoped our tax accounts for the end of the year (deadline end of Jan but [...]

Marmalade

It’s that time of year again, although I must admit since our bright idea of popping a jar into the barns for our guests we have found ourselves making batches every couple of months throughout the year. Failing Seville oranges we’ve used grapefruit, limes and lemon which does make a delicious marmalade. However, there is [...]

Last Minute Availability

LAST MINUTE AVAILABILITY Mon 17 to Fri 21 JAN!! Can you drop everything and come tomorrow for a last minute 4-night midweek treat for £245 (was £315)? We don’t often reduce prices so this is a one-off opportunity! We don’t often have last minute availability but we have this week – Mon 17 to Fri [...]

500,000 Visitors to the Parwich Village Blog

Parwich.org , our village blog, has just reached a fairly historic milestone – half a million visits in under three years  which is quite (very!) impressive. When it started it was apparently one of the very first villages to have its own website, but now apparently even Ambridge has one! And what is more, apparently [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns: our New Website

Our new-look website was launched late yesterday (Wed 12th Jan) afternoon. Jeremy Brough our webman and friend has worked hard on this, and so in a more modest way have John and I. Now it is up and public we are standing back and patiently tweaking oddities but Jeremy has done such a good job [...]

Revamping the Website for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

We have some exciting news about our website, which sometime next week will transfer to a new format. It won’t look very different, but technically it will be. And it should look (even) better. In fact, if  we were selling a soap powder I expect the headline would have been ‘New Improved!!!’ ‘Now  even better [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns – Romantic Getaways

- ‘Extra Special Country Retreats’ – We are delighted to report that our barns are featured in the February Country Homes & Interiors magazine, out today, as one of their four selected Romantic Getaways. They must have St Valentine’s Day in mind (which rather impractically for a romantic short break this year falls on a [...]

Pink House Pool

- but in Tobago and not Parwich – Sadly, sorry to disappoint you, but this is not the latest addition to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns but we certainly wish it was, this grey and dismal January day. Son Nick has sent us this enticing picture. He is in Tobago on, I must grudgingly admit,  a [...]