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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 [...]

Ahoy There!

This is just to let you know that we having a little holiday on the Norfolk Broads, sharing a holiday on the water  in what looks like a veritable  gin-palace, with some very good and very old (as in longstanding!) friends. We shall be away for a week from Tuesday 23rd morning early until late [...]

The Vanishing World of the Photograph Album

Blogging Course Homework 2The Vanishing World of the Photograph Album The Format 13 ‘Album Beauty’ exhibition is in the Derby Quad Gallery. The exhibition is free, and remains open until 26th May. It is described as an ode to this vanishing art form, whose purpose apparently was to ‘document and display the mundane’ – the [...]

Is Reality More Real Viewed on a Screen?

Musings on the Format 13 ExhibitionI think I mentioned yesterday that I had rather rashly enrolled on a blogging course for photographers. We were set for homework to write a short blog post on the Format 13 Exhibition. This is my rather last minute somewhat tongue in cheek attempt. Marks out of ten? I’ll let [...]

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 [...]

The Sad Saga of the Douglas’s Barn Boiler

…Finally, a Happy Ending…Definitely a Friday afternoon model, the – to all intents and purposes ‘excellent’ boiler in Douglas’s Barn – has always been temperamental and it staged its final tantrum last Friday night (15th February). Now, exactly a week later and with a new boiler installed, serenity has been restored after what has been [...]

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 [...]

Pride Comes Before a Fall!

…May we be forgiven for being so pleased about our QiT Inspection report…‘Phew!’ I turned to John as we thankfully sat down yesterday evening after a typically busy Friday, ‘I do love that moment when one can at last sit down and relax, knowing that both lots of guests have arrived and are happily settled [...]