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Relaxing at Orchard Farm: What Not to Do

…Tax, marmalade and inspections…This will be very speedy, unadorned by photos of birds, in flight or otherwise: it is a merely a short and happy post just to say hello again. I feel as if I have been under a stone for the past fortnight and now I have emerged. This will probably turn out [...]

Some Fantastic Guests’ Photos

Fantastic guests or fantastic photos? Both, actually! Unfortunately I haven’t yet mastered how to put more than a few photos on at once so here is a very small selection coming with a big thank you to Arwel and Zoe. We do love sharing our guests’ photos so please never feel shy about emailing them; [...]

How Friendly is Dog-Friendly Tom’s Barn?

…very, but not up the soon-to-be carpeted stairs…We love dogs, and their owners, and we welcome dogs to Tom’s Barn, warmly and almost unconditionally. However, we do always stipulate ‘well-behaved’ and we do politely suggest that they don’t go upstairs or onto the furniture (unless it is adequately protected by dust sheets and old curtains [...]

The Mystery Shoppers Target Douglas’s Barn

…Is anywhere safe from their beady eyes…?Who are these people? Probably not the Hotel Inspector (no TV cameras about) nor Mary Portas unless she’s moving from shops into self-catering accommodation… We can reveal that it was John and Marion from next door, no less, fond next door neighbours maybe but just as potentially critical as [...]

Autumn Berries, Flowers and Fruit

After a truly wonderful spell in North Yorkshire it is still lovely to get home again. Autumn is creeping up, but the grass is still growing and there is still plenty colour in the garden. John had taken lots of photos recently, and a small selection can be seen in our gallery ORCHARD FARM GARDEN: [...]

Borneo Cruise, Ruthie’s Report

You’ve heard from Casilda Grigg, via her report in the Spectator of 21st September 2011; now you can read Ruth’s long-awaited account… My friend Casilda offered me a wonderful opportunity, totally out of the blue – to join her as she’d been commissioned to write a travel piece about a cruise for the Spectator.  Initially [...]

North Borneo Cruise Update

Some of you may remember that our daughter Ruthie recenty returned from an amazing cruise round the north Borneo coast, thanks to a very good friend of hers, Casilda Grigg, who had been commissoned to write a piece on this Orion Expedition Cruise for the Spectator. We in turn have commsssioned a short personal account [...]

Facing up to Facebook

…Social Media Pressures…I am rather proud of the fact that despite advancing years and general lack of ‘coolness’ we have been on Facebook for over three years. What isn’t quite so impressive is that in those 3 plus years I have done very, very little and have tended only to respond to others rather than [...]

How to Make a Prizewinning Cake

…by someone who didn’t know the secret…I have been baking cakes, pretty successfully, for many many years. I have never ever entered into  competition but for the Parwich Horticultural Show yesterday I was persuaded to do so, and some plum jam and some biscuits… Pride comes before the proverbial fall, not that I expected to [...]

Borneo, Haddon Hall, Debbie’s 50th, Eden Day Spa…

…Our Week’s News in a Nutshell…They too were here for the weekend, the excuse being to help our friend Debbie ‘American Deb’ celebrate her 50th. Of course our Australian contingent, Sara, Derek and Tom, couldn’t be here nor Nick who was working all weekend; Allie Webster flew back from the states just in time to [...]