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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 [...]

Will You Be My Valentine?

Happy St Valentine’s Day to you all! That is the last concession I’ll make to what I feel (what an old cynic!) is just another special and genuinely romantic day that has been very successfully hijacked by sellers of cards, red roses and expensive meals, and hoteliers and even some holiday cottage owners (not all!). [...]

‘Five Star Luxury in the Peak District’

It’ll soon be the end of the year at the rate this year is flying past, but we certainly have achieved already quite a lot in 2014 (but not, yet, the website…). At last we have our latest video up on the website. It’s been on YouTube for a while but for some reason i [...]

Fizzing January

Whoever said January was a dull month?Coming up briefly for air… so far January has proved to be almost uncomfortably busy, but we’re nearing the end of the first bout of busyness with the tax return practically sorted and our EQM (Peak District Environmental Quality Mark) re-evaluation to take place on Wednesday (still have lots [...]