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Archive for April, 2012

A Gold Green Award for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

—We’re quietly delighted—Do you remember that we had another Green Business (GTBS Green Tourism Business Scheme) Inspection in March? The assessor had hinted discreetly that he was pleased but obviously could say no more because he had to make his report which in turn will have had to have been assessed and – finally – [...]

‘The Magnificent Charity Walk’

— Friends of the Peak District— Their description, not mine (and the sheep don’t seem that impressed) although it does feel rather good to have completed a ‘magnificent walk’; we’ll gloss quickly over the fact it was only 7 miles long. Let’s face it, the 67 year old man who did 21 miles in just [...]

House Cat Breaks House Rules

…But Compassion Rules…We get the most lovely comments from our guests in the Visitors’ Books which occasionally we like to share with you; sometimes there are some very touching personal comments, which we tend not to share just because they are personal. Idly going through Douglas’s Barn’s Guest book the other day I came across [...]

Historic House and Farm Contents Auction in Alstonefield

…And we did not even buy an old tractor…We had an interesting day on Saturday. Those of you who have walked up to Alstonefield from Dovedale or vice versa for that matter, may well have noticed a very beautiful wreck of a house opposite the church. A Grade 2 listed building dating from the late [...]

The RSPB Garden Birdwatch

On January 29th this year we had some very good friends, the Cartwrights, staying with us from Yorkshire. Like so many of us they are very interested in birds and encourage them in their garden; John is very envious of them because one of their ‘garden birds’ happens to be a kingfisher which they frequently [...]

The Sky’s the Limit for Douglas’s Barn?

In the past year or so Tom’s Barn has been the focus of all the attention as far as new purchases and improvements go; it is four years older and right from the start has been very popular. In the recent past there has been a new fridge, washing machine and cooker, we have had [...]

Powerless in Parwich

…Arctic Conditions Hit Us for 15 Hours…Two weeks ago we were watching our guests slowly attain a deep tan while we all sat in the sunshine, barbecued outside and strolled about in light summer clothing. The flowers bloomed, the grass grew, the birds sang fit to burst. Unfortunately it was all too good to last. [...]

The Scarlet Letter: A Good Read?

…A Rather Insensitive Thumbs Down from the Parwich Five’ Book Club … In our house we have more paintings and pictures than wall space. We have nothing valuable in money terms but all valuable in what each picture means to us; I could say the same about books. I put some of my favourite books [...]

Another Update as we Launch into April

…Hope we haven’t had this year’s summer already…April 1st has seen the usual spate of clever and amusing April Fool spoofs but this is not one of those! We have all enjoyed such a wonderful spell of settled warm sunny weather, that would have been remarkable even in mid-summer but was truly amazing for March. [...]