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Archive for March, 2012

Excuses, excuses…

Just popping up my head briefly to say hi, and sincere apologies for an almost inexcusable silence. If I just mention a trip to London, theatre trip, taking my sister from South Africa on a tourist trip of London on the top of an double decker bus, the London Eye and a trip up the [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Recipes: Pecan and Molasses Cake

…And dates – Another ‘Welcome Tray’ cake that has gone down well…This week was the first time I had made this tray bake recipe, saved (and considerably adapted) from a Sainsbury’s 2006 magazine. It has taken me six years to try it and I wish I had sooner. Both lots of guest have asked for [...]

New Garden Furniture for Douglas’s Barn Terrace

…Now we’re just waiting for the roses and clematis to come out…For the last year or so we have been saying we must replace the pub type table on Douglas’s Barn terrace. It is old now, great for eating a meal at or barbecuing but not so relaxing if you just want to relax in [...]

Tissington Tea Rooms Re-Opening

Tissington is one of our nearest neighbours, an estate village which has been owned and run by the FitzHerbert family for four centuries – 403 to be precise! According to them it is where heaven and earth meet in the Peaks – I thought that was Parwich but we’re not far away so they may [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns – Romantic AND green!

…We’re Even Greener than We Hoped and our Website Suggests …As many of you will know by now, we had our third GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme) inspection last Friday. If you follow the link to their website you will see what this signifies, but basically, to quote them, it means we are ‘committed to [...]

Parwich Road Works: Orchard Farm is Nearly Cut Off from the World

For years and years there has been a leak/spring/stream sometime gushing down the road round the corner from Orchard Farm, just after you take the right fork at the grassy triangle with the Road Narrows sign when you are coming to Orchard Farm. We have more or less learned to live with it until the [...]

How Did You Enjoy Your Time in Douglas’s Barn?

…Catching up with Douglas’s Barn Guests’ Comments PART 2…It had been such a long time since I last collected some comments that they have had to come in two instalments. This is the second Douglas’s barn one and Tom’s Barn’s will follow in due time. “Lovely stay! You have thought of everything to meet our [...]

Eating Well with Minimum Effort in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…A Fresh Look at Forward Panning for Effortless Catering…Revamping our ‘green’ papers for the GTBS inspection on Friday I see that it is over two years since I first published this post. It has needed updating and correcting so I thought it would be useful to post the updated version for any of you planning [...]

Apologies for The Long Silence

…Back from Beyond? No, just back from Yorkshire…Believe it or not, life goes on as normal in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, and Orchard Farm too for that matter, although judging from the loud silence from these parts you might be forgiven for wondering. I am really sorry to have been so apparently lazy but in fact [...]