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Archive for July, 2011

A Fresh Slant on Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

……OR…How Do You Make a Cattle Shed Look Like a Romantic Cottage for Two?……It is hard from the outside to make our two lovely holiday cottages in the Peak District look anything other than what they once were – cattle barns on a working farm! Orchard Farm is not a listed building – in spite [...]

Another Food Update from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…And a Puff for the Peak District Premier Cottages Privileges Scheme…You must excuse the present stress on food but we do have a good tip to pass on after a doubly positive experience re the Peak District Pemier Cottages Privileges project, and Rowley’s Restaurant, in Baslow, which is one of the founder members of the [...]

More Tom News

…Tom Chambers this time…Just a quickie to let you know the latest news we have about Tom – apart from the fact he and Clare have just had their first baby, which is very exciting. On the acting front he has had another big break with Top Hat, a musical version of the movie starring [...]

Tom’s Gift

… The Tom Grahame Trust …We seem to be full of Toms at the moment – our grandson Tom in Sydney, Tom Chambers – there’s more news about him shortly,  my cousin Tom Jackson who has just successfully completed his cycle ride from John O’Groats to Lands’ End in 9 days, our nephew Tom Hall [...]

More Recipes & Recommendations from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…including some delicious French CroquantsI am almost too embarrassed to show my head again, having written nothing for about a week apart from last night’s poppy seed cake post. The ‘busy’ excuse is wearing a bit thin, although it remains true – more about what we’ve been doing later but meanwhile, down to some food [...]

Lemon, Lime & Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake

…Lemon, Lime and Poppy Seeds… This post was first published on our blog in July 2011. I wrote then, ‘As many of you know, I enjoy making – as well as eating – cakes; the regular Friday cake-baking session for our guests is never a chore. A couple of weekends ago I found myself offering [...]

Buxton Festival 2011

…”A feast of opera, music and literature, set in the beautiful Peak District”…Buxton Festival 2011 is now in full swing, havng opened officially on Saturday. It’s a cultural highlight of the year, which sadly, this year, we are not supporting as well as we usually do. There are various good reasons, one being a diary [...]

Special Privileges for Peak District Premier Cottage Guests

…Fancy a Treat? Be our Guest!…Our local Peak District Premier Cottages group of ‘the very best 4 and 5 star holiday cottage owners’ locally are setting up a very exciting scheme of discounted prices for our guests at various appropriate local attractions, products and restaurants. Each set of guests will be find a laminated ‘privilege [...]

A Memorable Event – Went the Day Well?

…Yes, for us it did…Sorry it has taken so long to get round to writing about this. So much has been happening but while we wait to go down to watch the Parwich Hill Race I have a few blissful spare minutes which I shall enjoy putting to good use. The concert in St Paul’s [...]

Parwich Wakes 2011

The sun has shone brilliantly all weekend, apparently there are more Nottingham campers and caravaners than ever and the Oddfellows Dinner had a record turn out yesterday (so I’m told). It has been a busy and fun time for everybody and the Carnival and Rec. Committee has done us all proud once again. Our attendance [...]