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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, [...]

Herbert’s very fine Fine English Tea Rooms

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

Romance is in the Air…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Romance is in the air in the bird world too, but sadly it’s leading to housing disputes! Some of you may remember, about two or three years ago, we bought a nesting box with a camera from the RSPB shop at Carsington. No bird has shown any interest in it [...]

‘Five Star Luxury in the Peak District’

It’ll soon be the end of the year at the rate this year is flying past, but we certainly have achieved already quite a lot in 2014 (but not, yet, the website…). At last we have our latest video up on the website. It’s been on YouTube for a while but for some reason i [...]

Fizzing January

Whoever said January was a dull month?Coming up briefly for air… so far January has proved to be almost uncomfortably busy, but we’re nearing the end of the first bout of busyness with the tax return practically sorted and our EQM (Peak District Environmental Quality Mark) re-evaluation to take place on Wednesday (still have lots [...]

How Blue was Today’s Blue Monday for You?

Blue Monday was pretty sunny and warm here in the Peak District, thank you, after a foggy and very frosty (-4′ start). There was real warmth in the sunshine, and the snowdrops looked so comfortable, possibly knowing what still might lie ahead. I went to a very inspiring – if also somewhat daunting – workshop [...]

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 [...]

2013 in a Nutshell: Happy 2014 to You All!

It’s fashionable, and tempting, to review the previous year as one faces the as yet empty pages of the next, although ‘empty pages’, as one looks at next year’s bookings, is hardly the right expression. We have 40 holidays booked already for 2014, 1/3 of the year is already spoken for. Disregarding all world events [...]

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, [...]