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Marion F-S

Marion F-S has written 548 posts for Tom's Barn Blog & Gallery

Holiday at Home! It might be Cheaper!

We have learnt that money (£23.7bn)  does buy you fame even if momentary and extremely light-hearted! It also will buy you a bargain flight to Portugal (it would have made more sense to buy up a few aeroplanes). You can holiday in this country, in some comfort, for considerably less. Since the ‘Great Fare Robbery’ [...]

A Great Trip at a Great Price?

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barn’ prices are at the top end of ‘normal’ but for what you get we’d like to think that the price is a great one, but not this great! John and I recently received a lovely invitation to join some friends in their villa in Portugal for a long weekend. We have [...]

Business as Usual?

When we were in Co Cork the other day, negotiating some roadworks, we were very amused to see a large sign outside a shop. With typical Irish humour, it said, “Business as usual during the roadworks. Expect Delays!” Hopefully we won’t be responsible for too many delays, but it truly will be ‘business’ as usual [...]

Moving on, slowly, very slowly…

Facing old age, reluctantly and disbelievingly, and the need to downsize… We have decided to put Orchard Farm on the market. We’ve loved living at Orchard Farm (for 31 1/2 years!) and really loved running Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns for nearly half of that time. The contact with all our guests has been such a happy [...]

Could this be the lucky break you’ve been waiting for?

Can someone else’s misfortune be your good fortune? We have a sudden week’s gap in Tom’s Barn on Monday (September 8th) which we hope may answer someone’s dream: Monday 8th to Monday 15th September – seven summer nights for the winter weekly rate of £485, plus £25 per dog if you want to bring your [...]

Sticking to the Subject…Today’s Subject is Green!

Or is it? Is it Green, or perhaps it’s a swallow drinking on the swoop? Perhaps only Google will decide. I have recently been to a ‘Social Media for Small Businesses’ update and amongst the many nuggets of seriously useful information we were reminded that Google holds all in its power. Google rules the internet [...]

Gathering Roses…

We’re still here, believe it or not! Just bobbing up our heads briefly, to show that we haven’t totally disappeared, in spite of the silence on the blog. It’s been a question rather of ‘Gather ye roses while ye may…” and we have been gathering roses with a vengeance! By the way, the image with [...]

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Can Work be Happiness…?

As always, our days are very full, and very varied, with part work and part pleasure (and the two are very intertwined). The ‘work’ is all to do with our two holiday cottages, Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, which very much are at the centre of our lives but we would be hard pushed to identify [...]

A Local Travel Tip – Cromford Canal

Tom’s Barn Travel Tips… It was the Cam a few dates ago, today it is the Cromford Canal – rather closer to home and certainly a more practical recommendation for our guests and local friends eager to learn of yet more things to do locally. It is particularly interesting as the canal is part of [...]