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Tom’s Barn Website Drama

It has happened. The thing one dreads has happened, and our website has been hacked, significantly. One dreads this sort of thing but at the same time rather hoping and assuming that this sort of thing doesn’t happen to innocent little websites like ours – the CIA maybe, or the Pentagon, or Sony, or a [...]

Our website has been hacked!

We just wanted to warn everyone that our website appears to have been hacked by the Facebook site of something calling itself the International Force Team. We are trying to get in touch with Jeremy, our webs man, but unfortunately, it being a wonderfully sunny Saturday he is probably out and about enjoying the good [...]

Home to Roost

*** While Janet hies off to Buckingham Palace ***I am embarrassed at the length between posts recently, but equally, I am amazed when I realise that during June, on separate trips, we went to London three times, Oxford once and Shropshire once and whatever county Hay-on-Wye is, once!  It sounds exhausting but it wasn’t, because [...]

Confessions of a (temporary) Gadabout

I am very conscious of ghastly gaps in my posts. This is far from any loss of interest on my part but totally due to a rush of tempting invitations and events that see us dashing up and down the country. Gather ye roses and all that – we find it very easy to succumb [...]

60 Years Ago Today

***Memories of Coronation Day***It is extraordinary to think that for most people in this country the queen is just there, she has been queen all their life. The other thing is that most of you will be thinking, gosh, 6o years ago, that is history, how incredible to be that old. It is, but for [...]

Dunge Valley Gardens

***Rhododendrons and Azaleas – and a Nature Reserve – in Cheshire***When a visit to Dunge Valley Gardens was first suggested by the Parwich Ladies’ Group, quite frankly I was not wildly excited. I think it was the name which conjured up  images in my mind of  gunge, dungeons… quite very childish I know, but words do intrigue me. Curiosity took [...]

Waving the Flag for Ashbourne

…As we welcome nesting Moorhens and a new Public Library…I wanted to tell you about two things and the local paper, the Ashbourne News Telegraph, known familiarly as ‘the Stunner’, has got in first! Talk about being pipped at the post, but never mind, I can still tell you… Firstly, Ashbourne has a new library! [...]

Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum

I am writing this in the train, as we hurtle back to Derby from St Pancras so you’ll understand if the style has a certain lurchy, snoopy tendency to it. Having recently been to Florence we have been hoping to plan a trip to Pompeii some time, and  were most excited to learn about the plans [...]

More things to do while you’re staying at Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…Sidecar Safari…There are so many things to do while you’re staying in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns that even the the choice of ‘usual’ things can be overwhelming. There’s which walk to go on? Where to go? Shall we visit Chatsworth, Haddon, Hardwick, Keddleston, Lyme Park or Sudbury? Or perhaps Tissington (the Well Dressings are on [...]

We’ll let you into a Welsh Secret

…Mill Cottage – no run of the mill cottage this…We can’t wait to let you know about a lovely holiday cottage we stayed in last week. Obviously, we hope that if ever you want a holiday in the Peak District you will look no further than our Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. However, we do understand [...]