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Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns: New Future

Chapter 2: Planning the handoverWe’ve never had to sell a house before,  having prior to buying Orchard Farm always lived in a ‘tied cottage i.e. school house. We’re rapidly discovering that even the handing over of a house is complex enough, but when it is a business, albeit a very friendly, unbusinesslike one, there  is far [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns: New Story

Chapter 1: Introducing our new buyersA lot of soul searching, and a lot of thought and much activity has been going on behind these blog walls in spite of an apparent blog blackout. To break the silence, within days of Orchard Farm going on the market we had a flood of interest, much to our [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns’ Invisible New Website…

A seminar on websites without wifi – is this as bad as a pub with no beer…? Not being a great beer drinker, I would normally say ‘far worse’! However, last week I was grateful that our site/s remained invisible thanks to a complete wifi failure. Thanks to some European funding, small business owners in [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns: We are Authentic!

Gazing into a (non-authentic) Crystal Ball at Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns… What are the trends and what lies ahead? There is always a big push on holidays and travel in January, as soon as the Christmas and New Year excitements haves died down, when all the travel writers and others get out their pens and [...]

Five Star Squared After Two Annual Inspections in One Year?

We were slightly surprised, if not dismayed, to return from our latest London jaunt to a telephone call suggesting our next inspection date might be five days hence (last Friday). We had our last annual inspection in February this year. With Christmas cards, work on the website, not to mention actual Christmas preparations all looming, [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns New Website…Will it pass the ‘Blink Test’?

Blink! And it’s gone… One looks at websites for apparently five seconds – or is it fifteen – before deciding whether one’s bored or not, whether to stick around a little longer or ‘switch channels’ to the next site. It’s quite frightening, really thinking what butterfly minds and shallow brains we’re all developing so quickly. [...]