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Archive for April, 2011

The Royal Wedding in Parwich

The Royal wedding will soon be upon us – let’s hope the wonderful weather continues for the day and that after the wedding the press displays great restraint and allows the young couple some peace and privacy. Meanwhile, here in Parwich the day is being celebrated in style, although, Friday being changeover day it will [...]

Brand New Nesting Box Seeking Suitable Tenant

The current excitement in our world if not yet  in the birds’ world, is a brand new nesting box, complete with wi-fi camera, recently bought from the RSPB shop at Carsington. We’ve been promising ourselves one ever since we had so much interest and enjoyment last year watching the blue tits in our (camera-less) nesting [...]

Chuy’s Oat and Raisin Cookies

I did warn that publishing the Fake Bakewell recipe had started something… It probably isn’t surprising because so many of our guests love good food, and many love cooking, and for many the opportunity to cook meals or bake treats in a well-equipped kitchen with no other pressure on the time is a real, relaxing [...]

Steak and Kidney Pudding Cooked in the Slow Cooker

Don’t worry, our Tom’s Barn blog has not suddenly transformed itself into a Cookery Corner but last night’s recipe has started something… However, before I embark on any more, including already one from a guest (and hopefully in time perhaps some/many more!) allow me  to write out the recipe for the Steak and Kidney Pudding [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barn Favourite Recipes

Recipe No. 1: Marion’s Fake Bakewell‘Cakes to Die For’ or ‘Heaven on a Plate’… Neither of these descriptions are mine and modesty almost prevents me repeating them but we get so many complimentary remarks about the cakes that our guests seem to enjoy, and so many rather shy requests for the recipe, that we have [...]

The long awaited new oak tables for Tom’s Barn

We had long been planning, although somewhat dreamily, about updating the side tables and bedside cabinets in Tom’s Barn. They were all part of the original furniture eleven years ago when Tom’s Barn was born; they had seen good service but even eleven years ago were not exactly from the toppest of ‘top drawers. Our [...]

The Heron and the Fish That Didn’t Get Away

It’s not exactly in Parwich, but we do urge you when you are next in London with a few hours to kill, to consider visiting the London Wetlands Trust site in Barnes. For a start you wouldn’t believe you were in London at all; it kept reminding us rather of the Norfolk Broads. Daughter Ruthie [...]

Trying to catch up with spring

Trying to catch up generally… We have been away for a few days and have let things stand still a bit too long for comfort on the blog front (I hasten to say everything else has pretty well gone on as normal thanks to Janet and the well-oiled Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns machinery!). Thanks to [...]

Parwich Duck Race

Today dawned grey but improved steadily and by the time the duck race was due to start it felt positively summery. People walked  from Parwich across the fields, others biked and some drove. The children played happily in or near the water and the adults basked in the warm sunshine. At 2pm this afternoon three [...]

A Very Special Visit

§The William and Catherine Honeymoon Boudoir?§When we were children my brother sister and I were always told that April 1st jokes stopped at noon. Was that just our parents feeling they couldn’t cope with more than half a dayful of what we children thought were hilariously convincing jokes or is that idea widely held? Anyway, [...]