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Archive for August, 2012

From Orchard Farm to the Gate in Brassington in 90 seconds

…Can you beat that?…A quick 90 second flit over the hills to Brassington to one of our very favourite pubs, The Olde Gate in Brassington. Now, there’s a challenge – can you do it in less? See below… In fact the walk takes an hour at a reasonably vigorous rate but this speeded up video [...]

Coping without a Car

…More Tom’s Tip Top Tips for a hassle-free carless journey here…One of Parwich’s many charms is its idyllic rural location. The fact we are not on the route anywhere is a wonderful attraction: the only traffic is local and we don’t have speeding cars hurtling through on their way somewhere else. There is another side [...]

Carefree Catering for the Carfree

…More of Tom’s Tip Top Tips…Whether you have walked here or come in the sleekest of limousines, you won’t want to have to pay a visit to the shops the minute you arrive, if indeed at all. It is perfectly easy and part of the excitement building up for your holiday to organise everything that [...]

Where to Stay? More Tip Top Tips

…Finding the Perfect Venue…Is there such a thing as a perfect holiday venue? Last Saturday’s Guardian Money section dedicated three pages to the top ten place to retire to, with a special emphasis on air quality, crime rate, life expectancy, good neighbourliness, health and various other aspects that not just retirees hope for; not surprisingly, [...]

What to Do? Tip Top Tips for Our Guests and Others

…Just a selection… There is so much happening always, it is hard to pick out the top top tips. However, it is really important to point out that this Saturday, 9.30 – 5.00 it is the Manifold Show at Ilam. This is our really favourite show, and conveniently very local. It is small, friendly fun [...]

If You Can Make the Olympics!

…Brazil 3 – South Korea 0… A new dimension to the Tom’s Barn blog… Well, you didn’t expect to get a sports report, but on the other hand, you weren’t perhaps counting on the Olympics. To our regret when everyone was applying for tickets to the Olympics we didn’t really bother. Probably all the misery-guts [...]

A Quiet Country Walk in Derbyshire

…Never a dull moment…Super Saturday it really was! Gripping television and inspiring performances by our athletes including Jessica Ennis who comes from Sheffield. We watched entranced, together with no doubt most of Britain unable to tear ourselves away even to write a blog post (sorry) but now I have successfully wrenched myself away from the [...]

If You Can’t Make The Olympics

…Here Are Some Local Activities for the Restless or Energetic…We’ve had a wonderful royal birthday, we’ve had the Silver Jubilee and now we have the 2012 Olympics. What a year for the British! And people who have never shown the slightest interest in sport of any sort now turn out to be secret rowers or [...]