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Archive for November, 2012

The Dreaded Inspectors Drop in on Douglas’s Barn

…Will they never give us a break?…The mystery shoppers are at it again, honing in again on Douglas’s Barn, where we last stayed almost a year ago, in November 2011. We get wonderfully appreciative comments from all our guests but there is always the sneaky worry that they are just being polite. And of course, [...]

Two Country Mice from Parwich go to London

Every so often John and I are lucky enough to hit the highlights and enjoy a pleasure driven weekend in London, thanks to our London-based young and their many friends. It doesn’t take much to find an excuse for a visit; this weekend our daughter Ruthie was singing in a concert with the Addison Singers. [...]

Dining Secretly in Sudbury Open Prison

…A Great Value Bargain Lunch Tip…Having written recently about the fantastic food at Fischer’s I though perhaps I would redress the balance slightly and let you know about a very nice lunch we had recently at the Secret Diner, in Sudbury (Derbyshire) Open Prison. Just for your interest, Sudbury is a Category D open prison [...]

Fantastic Food at Fischer’s

…Two course Lunch for £20.13This summer, to celebrate the 2012 “proud to be British’ campaign many local businesses offered real bargains of some sort; one of the most generous and most enticing offers we cam across was the £20.12 lunch offered by Fischer’s, Baslow Hall. Now, Fischer’s, for those of you who don’t know the [...]

Keep the Home Fires Burning?

…A Busy Friday in Tom’s and Douglas’s BarnsA busy day today and it is pleasant to relax now. Fridays are always busy but today was busier than necessary. We had a Fire Safety Assessment scheduled for today (they had to have entry into both barns, so it had to be a Friday). When I realised [...]

All That Glitters…?

Your car looks gorgeous, but does it have an engine? We have recently been warned by Visit England that standards have to be raised. Since the award was first launched over half of England’s Five Star cottages have now been given the Gold Award. Visit England argues, very convincingly, that the bar has to be [...]

Stop the Brain Rot: Train the Brain!

Is your brain a hungry sponge, or a limp rag?This afternoon our son suggested, kindly, that I might enjoy the challenge of training my brain, and recommended a site he uses called Luminosity. More or less simultaneously I spotted a link – needless to say, on Twitter, to an article by Graham Jones, an ‘Internet [...]