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Archive for May, 2013

Waving the Flag for Ashbourne

…As we welcome nesting Moorhens and a new Public Library…I wanted to tell you about two things and the local paper, the Ashbourne News Telegraph, known familiarly as ‘the Stunner’, has got in first! Talk about being pipped at the post, but never mind, I can still tell you… Firstly, Ashbourne has a new library! [...]

Foraging for Free at Fischer’s

Fischer’s is a wonderful restaurant, and one we are proud to support. It  has a Michelin Star and many other awards – but it definitely is not a place one instinctively associates with food for free… However, on Wednesday John and I were fortunate enough to attend a foraging day there, led by Dr Patrick [...]

Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum

I am writing this in the train, as we hurtle back to Derby from St Pancras so you’ll understand if the style has a certain lurchy, snoopy tendency to it. Having recently been to Florence we have been hoping to plan a trip to Pompeii some time, and  were most excited to learn about the plans [...]

More things to do while you’re staying at Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…Sidecar Safari…There are so many things to do while you’re staying in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns that even the the choice of ‘usual’ things can be overwhelming. There’s which walk to go on? Where to go? Shall we visit Chatsworth, Haddon, Hardwick, Keddleston, Lyme Park or Sudbury? Or perhaps Tissington (the Well Dressings are on [...]

An Offer You Can’t Refuse?

…Just joking, but you never know… £475 for Tom’s Barn, Friday 17 to Friday 24 May (i.e. this coming week) We are not used to Tom’s Barn having an empty week, especially considering I spend so much time writing emails explaining to disappointed enquirers that we are full when they want to come. And now [...]

We’ll let you into a Welsh Secret

…Mill Cottage – no run of the mill cottage this…We can’t wait to let you know about a lovely holiday cottage we stayed in last week. Obviously, we hope that if ever you want a holiday in the Peak District you will look no further than our Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. However, we do understand [...]

Another Ghostly Silence

…as we flitted from Norfolk to Wales and home again…  We have been away for eight days and I must admit, have had a wonderfully relaxing and fun time, helped no end by uninterrupted sunshine and warmth and blissfully peaceful stretches of water where there seemed to be no one else but John and me [...]