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Archive for January, 2012

Orchard Farm: A Quick Gallop Through the Week

Judging by the absence of new posts on our blog you might think we at Orchard Farm were all asleep, but not so. We are in fact horribly wide awake…! So much has been happening over the past week, much of it fairly mundane although Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs might value getting one’s  returning [...]

Blue Tits on the Move

…and John on his steep learning camera-curve…Four photos from John who is still working hard on mastering his new camera, new lens and most significantly,  trying to capture little birds in fast flight. Not easy.

Relaxing at Orchard Farm: What Not to Do

…Tax, marmalade and inspections…This will be very speedy, unadorned by photos of birds, in flight or otherwise: it is a merely a short and happy post just to say hello again. I feel as if I have been under a stone for the past fortnight and now I have emerged. This will probably turn out [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns: January Bargains!

…£295 for a midweek break next week…The robin is entirely out of contact but I just couldn’t resist popping him in. What with trying to get our tax done before the crucial Jan 31 HMRC deadline whilst making loads of marmalade I have rather lost sight of the fact that we have the Monday 23 [...]

Orchard Farm Marmalade Production

…the 2012 vintage first batch…The lengths one goes to to avoid doing the tax, but the organic marmalade oranges and lemons have been sitting in the kitchen since Riverford delivered them on Friday, and we have at least six batches to tackle, so needs must. Perhaps I don’t need to write a blog post as [...]

Frosty Views and Orchard Farm Birds in Flight

from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Resident PhotographerAnything to distract from the acutely pressing need to do our tax before the end of Jan but I couldn’t resist adding (and I still haven’t mastered how to do it neatly) one or two photos that John has taken in the last couple of days. The most lovely [...]

The Peak District Seen Through Chocolate

…More Delicious Food Tips for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns’ Guests and Friends…If ever you are planning your stay here and look at the advance weather forecast and wonder if those grey clouds and downward droplets necessarily mean there may not be non-stop sun, we have another wet-weather tip. How about a 3-hour ‘award winning chocolate experience‘? [...]

Learning from our Tom’s & Douglas’s Barn Guests

…Some Things to do While You’re Here…We always love it when our guests let us know what they’ve done and what they’ve enjoyed; we’re genuinely interested but it also helps us keep up to date and we keep learning new things about the area which is useful,  even humbling to realise we live here and [...]

The Minute the Sun Comes Out…

…So do the birds and so does the camera…Like pretty well the whole of the country, we have been having some very unpleasant blustery, grey and wet days. We have escaped the terrible wind which we can hear roaring over Parwich Hill which deflects it all nicely away from the village so the trees in [...]

Happy New Year to you all!

…The Year Ahead in 2 Minutes…What a year 2012 promises to be! From the depths of financial despair and gloom we soar to Jubilee and Olympics hysteria… Meanwhile most of us just plod on as best we can; whilst horribly aware of rising costs for all and job insecurity for many and although the timing [...]