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Let us in!

Orchard Farm blue tits 2010Weeks go by with frightening rapidity but no great drama (thank goodness) and then out of the blue something happens just to keep us all on our toes. Fortunately our guests seem remarkably cheerful and resilient which is more than we sometimes feel when something totally unforeseen goes wrong, when the last thing we want is a problem to spoil their time here.

Today’s bolt (forgive the pun) was the Douglas’s Barn lock. To be fair, being wise after the event, we had had some warnings that all was not well with it as some of our guests may remember, but a good dose of WD40 had always seemed to do the trick so we put the awkward behaviour of the lock down to damp weather…

However, things were not so simple. Our poor guests arrived home this evening after a day out, laden with shopping, no doubt just longing for a good bath and a pleasant, relaxing and uneventful evening. That was not immediately to be.  As they struggled unsuccessfully with the lock the next door guests proved most helpful and sympathetic, John and I sympathetic but marginally less helpful; screwdrivers were brandished, wire coathangers and helpful suggestions, to no avail. The only comforting thought was that any burglar would have his work cut out should he ever try to break in. It was not easy.

Shaun our builder proved the knight in shining armour. He very nobly abandoned mowing his lawn on a Sunday evening to come to our rescue, which he did, but it took 3/4 of an hour. At one stage I was wondering whether he’d have to take the whole door off, but fortunately this did not prove necessary. All is now temporarily well – with the door still lockable¬† and Shaun will return to replace the locks on both barn front doors on Tuesday.

And so ends another peaceful day in the country.


5 comments for “Let us in!”

  1. We are smiling sweetly. Oh dear, what can the matter be?.
    Looking back to June we were locked in not out.
    We could have stayed there from Monday to Saturday and nobody knew we there.
    It is times like that which make a holiday.
    We see from an entry on Trip Advisor that John is photographing lady guests in the bath in Tom’s barn. Do we miss out on such pleasures staying in Douglas barn?
    Best wishes,
    Jenny and Derek
    PS Just returned home from a short stay in Warwickshire and the wet weather followed us from Derbyshire. We have had the driest summer for years in Sussex.

    Posted by Jenny and Derek | July 30, 2010, 9:05 am
    • I’m not so sure I should like the way this is going, but if anyone would like to see the photo on TripAdvisor (not taken by John) do have a look. It is lovely.
      By the way, the same effect can be achieved in Douglas’s Barn bath, it just hasn’t been publicly photographed before!

      Posted by Marion F-S | July 30, 2010, 8:40 pm
  2. Unfortunately it was not my photograph. However, I always have my camera with me and am happy to accept commissions (fee wavered) in either Tom’s or Douglas’s Barns

    Posted by John F-S | July 30, 2010, 8:21 pm
  3. I couldn’t resist inserting this thumbnail of a blue tit struggling to get into the nesting box (not that our door would open a crack).

    Posted by Marion F-S | July 31, 2010, 1:39 pm
  4. Suddenly realised that we had become so sidetracked by beautiful ladies in baths we forgot all about the locks.

    Suffice to say, Shaun arrived on the Tuesday as promised, and replaced the locks on both barn doors with a new very robust looking version so all being well nobody is going to be locked in or out unless that is the intention.

    Posted by Marion F-S | August 6, 2010, 10:28 am

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