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More Fine Dining Recommendations from Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone, near Ashbourne

Drinking Award-Winning English Wine in a Derbyshire Vineyard

Did you ever imagine setting off during your holiday in Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns to visit a Derbyshire vineyard? Or possibly even less likely, that you’d be drinking some very attractive English wines? Or even liking them so much that you bought some to drink at home…? John and I did all three yesterday and [...]

Ashbourne and Manifold Shows

Wine from Bakewell?

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! [...]