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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 [...]

The Latest Updates from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…MacMillan Lunch, Mothering Sunday, Photographic Exhibitions…The last week has scampered fast, busily and enjoyably but leaving very little time for quiet reflection or blog posts (let alone mundane chores like ironing… Starting backwards, Mothering Sunday today was a very happy day for this mother but possibly more about that tomorrow. Ruthie and Nick, our two [...]

The Sad Saga of the Douglas’s Barn Boiler

…Finally, a Happy Ending…Definitely a Friday afternoon model, the – to all intents and purposes ‘excellent’ boiler in Douglas’s Barn – has always been temperamental and it staged its final tantrum last Friday night (15th February). Now, exactly a week later and with a new boiler installed, serenity has been restored after what has been [...]

Pride Comes Before a Fall!

…May we be forgiven for being so pleased about our QiT Inspection report…‘Phew!’ I turned to John as we thankfully sat down yesterday evening after a typically busy Friday, ‘I do love that moment when one can at last sit down and relax, knowing that both lots of guests have arrived and are happily settled [...]

A Facelift for Orchard Farm

…And what a difference a bit of cosmetic surgery will make… What a transformation! And all in the day although no doubt things will quickly start to settle down and soon look a little less pristine. However tempted, I can’t imagine John and I will be out every morning with brooms, rakes and hoses but [...]

Last Minute Availability Offer

…How quickly can you move for a treat? There’s been a lot going on recently, churning out marmalade, buying lots of new bits and bobs – radio/CD player/iPod dock in Tom’s Barn, electric handmixer in Douglas’s barns, the 2013 guides Good Food, Good Pubs, Good Beers, for both cottages, new ironing board in Tom’s Barn [...]