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Can Work be Happiness…?

As always, our days are very full, and very varied, with part work and part pleasure (and the two are very intertwined). The ‘work’ is all to do with our two holiday cottages, Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, which very much are at the centre of our lives but we would be hard pushed to identify [...]

Evensong in King’s College Cambridge Chapel

We have just returned from yet another happy jaunt, this time to Cambridge for the Golden Wedding of some friends who held a wonderful lunch party for their friends and family in Clare College. After tea and golden wedding cake which rapidly followed lunch we had a stroll round the quite beautiful Clare College gardens [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns’ Invisible New Website…

A seminar on websites without wifi – is this as bad as a pub with no beer…? Not being a great beer drinker, I would normally say ‘far worse’! However, last week I was grateful that our site/s remained invisible thanks to a complete wifi failure. Thanks to some European funding, small business owners in [...]

It’s Not Greed, It’s Culinary Tourism

Our blog has been disconcertingly silent while it seems as if we have have happily eaten our way round (parts of) Ireland and North Yorkshire! It is lovely to find that one’s delight in good local food, is not so much greed but seeking ‘culinary authenticity’… Culinary Tourism is defined by Wikipedia as ‘the pursuit [...]

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, [...]

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!

Each weekend for the past month has been a lovely flurry of entertaining friends and family and being entertained by friends and family… And so it continues. We are in Banbury this weekend for a happy reunion lunch with old friends from South Africa, by way of Stratford where nearly a year ago a group [...]

Making a Comeback

Feeling a bit like an aged footballer, or boxer, or pop star who suddenly remerges from the shadows of retirement to make a comeback, I shyly peep through the curtain of Saharan dust. I have been quite silent and apparently absent from the blog front for too long. Retired? Retired as a salary earner but [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Big Extra:

Something Invisible but Worth its Weight in GoldWe are often thanked and praised for our ‘little extras’. Indeed we try very hard to think of every little thing possible to make sure that your stay here is very special and just last week we were very involved in setting up the most romantic scene possible [...]

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 [...]