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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 [...]

Pssst – it’s Mothering Sunday this Sunday!

…Had you forgotten?Don’t worry if you have either forgotten or have been leaving it to the last moment wondering what to do? A solution – your salvation – might be at hand. You’ve only one mother, or mother of your children and she deserves the best. Mothering Sunday is on Sunday, if you need reminding [...]

Black Treacle & Stem Ginger Cake

For many of our guests this cake is in the running for their very favouriteEvery changeover day I make something for our Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns guests arriving that afternoon, and in the interlude, John, Janet and Carol or whoever’s helping us that day will also all enjoy a slice or two before our guests [...]

Tamarind Date Comfort Food

Another cake in the running for favouriteDan Lepard’s Tamarind Date Cake from the Guardian. Dan Lepard, whose recipe from the Guardian this is, unashamedly calls it ‘The best date cake in the world ever’, and equally unashamedly, as someone who bakes and eats it quite frequently, I would agree wholeheartedly. It is extremely delicious and [...]

A Great Local Walk in the Sunday Times

From Hartington to The George at Alstonefield where you’ll find the ‘best pub food in the Peak District”Two local pubs hit the headlines today. The Sycamore, our Parwich pub, has been declared winner of the rural pub of the year category by The Ashbourne sub-branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). While the Sycamore [...]

Valentine’s Day? Sorry, you’re too late

…but we may have something even better…The St. Valentine’s short break/week has been booked in both barns, with no enticement needed, not surprisingly. But fear not! We’re just as keen on mothers as lovers (can and should be one and the same for heaven’s sake). We may have something just as romantic to offer you, [...]

The Sisters Brothers

Our Book Club Christmas ChoiceThe Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt: a clever title and a clever cover. I’m not quite sure how clever – rather than simply entertaining – the book itself is and after our annual husbands-invited Christmas book club evening I feel none the wiser. Truth be told, I started off at a [...]

Florence in a Week

…Starting with an introduction to Florentine Food…Ever hopeful I started this post in Florence but never got very far through laziness? Or greed perhaps (we spent a lot of time lingering over meals in the evening) or just sheer lack of time as we packed so much into every day. Now we are back at [...]

Leave of (Very Temporary) Absence

…just for a while we’re going all Italian…This will really be a non-blog post, a rather negative explanation and warning of possible inaction or a surprising geographical shift. Just where is the Peak District? Are we talking Tuscany or Derbyshire? Who knows? The truth is we’re talking both, really. For the next week we will [...]

Two Country Mice from Parwich go to London

Every so often John and I are lucky enough to hit the highlights and enjoy a pleasure driven weekend in London, thanks to our London-based young and their many friends. It doesn’t take much to find an excuse for a visit; this weekend our daughter Ruthie was singing in a concert with the Addison Singers. [...]