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Archive for June, 2012

Great Gardeners’ Gathering at Haddon Hall

…in Aid of the Bakewell-based Charity, Derwent Rural Counselling Service…With one of my many other hats I am quite (actually VERY) involved with the DRCS (Derwent Rural Counselling Service,) a charity based in Bakewell, that I managed for ten years and am now a trustee of and also a proud member of the very active [...]

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…“A wonderful romantic retreat – just bring the Champagne.” …April 2, 2012…You’ll have to excuse the far from excellent iPhone photograph of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence’ we are very proud to receive (taken rather hastily by me and certainly not JF-S in case you were wondering). As a traveller, like more and more others [...]

Keep Calm and Carry on Eating Cake

…Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Cherry Bakewell Special…In spite of the fact we get very few people actually commenting on the blog friends, guests and often complete strangers will email us, or tell me on Facebook or at parties how much they actually enjoy reading our blog. They do say they enjoy John’s photos too which [...]

Funny First Impressions

…’A short drive’…I was reminiscing recently about the coronation and how somehow its importance had been signified to a young girl by being given a bottle of CocaCola at school. Idly playing with my iPad this morning I decided to see what TripAdvisor had to say about a local hostelry in nearby Biggin. (We are [...]

It’s the Diamond Jubilee!

…The Royal Jubilee and the Olympics – what a year…! I should have added the recession as well, but did not want to let that cloud the atmosphere; however, in fact it almost helps us appreciate all the more what we do have to celebrate. As I post this we are watching the pageant on [...]

Derbyshire Open Arts weekend

Until Monday night when we have the lighting of the flares on Parwich Hill the weekend is a fairly normal one except that it is also the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. There will be artists opening their studios all over Derbyshire but this year we only have two open here; however, there will be lots [...]