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Our website has been hacked!

We just wanted to warn everyone that our website appears to have been hacked by the Facebook site of something calling itself the International Force Team. We are trying to get in touch with Jeremy, our webs man, but unfortunately, it being a wonderfully sunny Saturday he is probably out and about enjoying the good [...]

Waving the Flag for Ashbourne

…As we welcome nesting Moorhens and a new Public Library…I wanted to tell you about two things and the local paper, the Ashbourne News Telegraph, known familiarly as ‘the Stunner’, has got in first! Talk about being pipped at the post, but never mind, I can still tell you… Firstly, Ashbourne has a new library! [...]

Foraging for Free at Fischer’s

Fischer’s is a wonderful restaurant, and one we are proud to support. It  has a Michelin Star and many other awards – but it definitely is not a place one instinctively associates with food for free… However, on Wednesday John and I were fortunate enough to attend a foraging day there, led by Dr Patrick [...]

An Offer You Can’t Refuse?

…Just joking, but you never know… £475 for Tom’s Barn, Friday 17 to Friday 24 May (i.e. this coming week) We are not used to Tom’s Barn having an empty week, especially considering I spend so much time writing emails explaining to disappointed enquirers that we are full when they want to come. And now [...]

Another Ghostly Silence

…as we flitted from Norfolk to Wales and home again…  We have been away for eight days and I must admit, have had a wonderfully relaxing and fun time, helped no end by uninterrupted sunshine and warmth and blissfully peaceful stretches of water where there seemed to be no one else but John and me [...]

Ahoy There!

This is just to let you know that we having a little holiday on the Norfolk Broads, sharing a holiday on the water  in what looks like a veritable  gin-palace, with some very good and very old (as in longstanding!) friends. We shall be away for a week from Tuesday 23rd morning early until late [...]

A Question Mark Hanging Over April

…April is a Significant Month… We have two significant anniversaries in April. Many of you will remember my father, Douglas, who died on April 8th 2004, nine years and  a couple of days ago. Fewer of you will know, unless we’ve already told you, that April 3rd marked the day we had owned Orchard Farm for [...]

The Vanishing World of the Photograph Album

Blogging Course Homework 2The Vanishing World of the Photograph Album The Format 13 ‘Album Beauty’ exhibition is in the Derby Quad Gallery. The exhibition is free, and remains open until 26th May. It is described as an ode to this vanishing art form, whose purpose apparently was to ‘document and display the mundane’ – the [...]

HAPPY EASTER!

…For all present, past and future guests and friends of Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns…Easter Sunday has dawned with bright sunshine despite the fact we are an hour ahead of ourselves since yesterday, with British Summer Time. Things have perked up a lot since this time last week, when blizzards were raging and Parwich was cut [...]

Monday 25th March WEATHER REPORT

Conditions are not good at the moment! Parwich is cut off from the rest of the world for the time being. It has stopped snowing but there is no sign of a thaw yet and because of the wind there is a lot of drifting; this means even some of the local main roads get [...]