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Archive for September, 2012

Historic Swedish Art in Staffordshire

First, a little teaser: would you want to play with these, build with these or eat them? In fact you shouldn’t really do any of these things, but least of all eat Sue Prince’s paint box! At the risk of somewhat overdoing a Staffordshire theme, albeit quite unintentionally, last weekend we were back into Staffordshire, [...]

A Christmas Treat Awaits!

…A party political broadcast on behalf of Tom’s Barn…There now follows a party political broadcast on behalf of anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful Christmas holiday away from it all. Our lovely Tom’s Barn, a great favourite with dog lovers and non dog-lovers alike, is still available for Christmas! We find it [...]

Sharing Secret and Other Domestic Tips and Delights

…Do you know how to fold a fitted sheet?…A disclaimer, just in case anyone thinks I have suddenly grown my hair, affected an American accent and become a wonder housewife overnight: the heroine of this secret-revealing video is not me! Having got that clear, here are one or two little snippets which are probably more [...]

A Too Rare Trip into Neighbouring Staffordshire

…And what a lovely time we had…Considering Parwich is almost in Staffordshire, in a manner of speaking, it is amazing how rarely we venture any further afield than crossing the Dove at Dovedale, lunching/dining at the George at Alstonefield and occasional walks up the Manifold valley. All that was about to change. We have long [...]

All In a Day

…Or a Week in a Paragraph…Once again, smitten with guilt (and disappointment because I really love what feels like a personal letter to ‘you’) I try to cover up an embarrassing week’s absence from the blog. There seems to be a lot going on in all the different sectors of my life, more than I [...]

Tom’s Barn ‘Dog Policy’

…And some thoughts for other holiday cottage owners considering accepting dogs…We are often asked for our `Dog Policy’, and have to admit rather sheepishly that we are a bit anti policies (there’re too many around already) and we are also a bit lazy and do not yet have one as such. But we are also [...]

Books!

…Thoughts provoked by a Book Exchange in a Telephone Kiosk…This post leads on really from a great idea we saw and shared on our Facebook page (look for a post actually headed ‘Great idea!’ with a pic of a red telephone kiosk stuffed with books) for a book exchange that apparently some villages are setting [...]