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A Quiet Country Walk in Derbyshire

…Never a dull moment…Super Saturday it really was! Gripping television and inspiring performances by our athletes including Jessica Ennis who comes from Sheffield. We watched entranced, together with no doubt most of Britain unable to tear ourselves away even to write a blog post (sorry) but now I have successfully wrenched myself away from the [...]

If You Can’t Make The Olympics

…Here Are Some Local Activities for the Restless or Energetic…We’ve had a wonderful royal birthday, we’ve had the Silver Jubilee and now we have the 2012 Olympics. What a year for the British! And people who have never shown the slightest interest in sport of any sort now turn out to be secret rowers or [...]

A Summer Walk to Tissington

…Over the Hills and Not so Far Away…The sun shone again today, gloriously. Undeterred, I sat at my computer, indoors, feverishly going through our Peak District Environmental Quality Mark reassessment questionnaire (left it too late but not entirely my fault as it happens this year). Just when I was beginning to wilt anyway, John came [...]

It’s the Diamond Jubilee!

…The Royal Jubilee and the Olympics – what a year…! I should have added the recession as well, but did not want to let that cloud the atmosphere; however, in fact it almost helps us appreciate all the more what we do have to celebrate. As I post this we are watching the pageant on [...]

Derbyshire Open Arts weekend

Until Monday night when we have the lighting of the flares on Parwich Hill the weekend is a fairly normal one except that it is also the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. There will be artists opening their studios all over Derbyshire but this year we only have two open here; however, there will be lots [...]

‘The Magnificent Charity Walk’

— Friends of the Peak District— Their description, not mine (and the sheep don’t seem that impressed) although it does feel rather good to have completed a ‘magnificent walk’; we’ll gloss quickly over the fact it was only 7 miles long. Let’s face it, the 67 year old man who did 21 miles in just [...]

How Did You Enjoy Your Time in Douglas’s Barn?

…Catching up with Douglas’s Barn Guests’ Comments PART 2…It had been such a long time since I last collected some comments that they have had to come in two instalments. This is the second Douglas’s barn one and Tom’s Barn’s will follow in due time. “Lovely stay! You have thought of everything to meet our [...]

Eating Well with Minimum Effort in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…A Fresh Look at Forward Panning for Effortless Catering…Revamping our ‘green’ papers for the GTBS inspection on Friday I see that it is over two years since I first published this post. It has needed updating and correcting so I thought it would be useful to post the updated version for any of you planning [...]

Your Stay in Douglas’s Barn – What is Your Verdict?

Catching up with Douglas’s Barn Guests’ Comments PART 1In a strange way, we always feel a bit awkward quoting extracts from the Visitors’ Books. Sometimes the comments are quite personal and I am sure guests don’t think of them as likely to be hitting the airwaves but on the other hand we all love to [...]

The Peak District Seen Through Chocolate

…More Delicious Food Tips for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns’ Guests and Friends…If ever you are planning your stay here and look at the advance weather forecast and wonder if those grey clouds and downward droplets necessarily mean there may not be non-stop sun, we have another wet-weather tip.¬†How about a 3-hour ‘award winning chocolate experience‘? [...]