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Marion F-S

Marion F-S has written 545 posts for Tom's Barn Blog & Gallery

Quick News Flash from Dublin

No, in case you are puzzled, Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns are still firmly rooted in the Peak District; it is John and I that are, on a brief nostalgic trip to Ireland while Janet and co hold the fort at home. I can’t show you any photos yet, having not taken any myself yet, and [...]

Derbyshire Open Arts Weekend – local artists

It never rains but it pours, and it’s not exactly pouring – now but two blog posts in two days…and it is certainly wet. It’s not too wet to walk, nor to plan a lovely Sunday lunch in a cosy local pub (which could include a walk) but it could be a heaven sent opportunity [...]

Preening Peacocks and A Taste of Devon in Derbyshire

The gap since I last wrote is so embarrassingly long there is nothing I can do but gloss over it. I am sorry. We seem to have been rushing over all over the place, very happily and socially most of the time, but it leaves little time for the pleasures of blogging. Blogging you see, [...]

Naughty?? Certainly Very Very Nice

I wished I’d had my photographer with me today when – thanks to some friends who invited m to join them on a ‘business’ lunch – I discovered a quite charming place to eat in Bakewell. It is called Naughty and Nice, and is tucked away in King’s Court just off the one and only [...]

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!

Each weekend for the past month has been a lovely flurry of entertaining friends and family and being entertained by friends and family… And so it continues. We are in Banbury this weekend for a happy reunion lunch with old friends from South Africa, by way of Stratford where nearly a year ago a group [...]

Last Minute Opportunity – It’s Been Taken!

Mortified by my silence, I am edging back into the room discreetly with a very short but important announcement that we have had a last minute cancellation for this coming weekend (Friday 25 to Monday 28 April) in Tom’s Barn. The poor couple that has had to cancel their booking is very disappointed, and fully [...]

Making a Comeback

Feeling a bit like an aged footballer, or boxer, or pop star who suddenly remerges from the shadows of retirement to make a comeback, I shyly peep through the curtain of Saharan dust. I have been quite silent and apparently absent from the blog front for too long. Retired? Retired as a salary earner but [...]

Buy One, Get One Free?

…In Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns? Surely not… No, we’re surely not offering free holidays… We’re talking about giving a present you will enjoy quite as much as the recipient – two people’s happiness for the price of one – this to me seems the perfect arrangement and far better than the standard ‘BOGOF’ when you [...]

Herbert’s very fine Fine English Tea Rooms

A lovely walk to Parwich’s nearest (and finest) tea rooms!

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Big Extra:

Something Invisible but Worth its Weight in GoldWe are often thanked and praised for our ‘little extras’. Indeed we try very hard to think of every little thing possible to make sure that your stay here is very special and just last week we were very involved in setting up the most romantic scene possible [...]