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Relaxing at Orchard Farm: What Not to Do

…Tax, marmalade and inspections…This will be very speedy, unadorned by photos of birds, in flight or otherwise: it is a merely a short and happy post just to say hello again. I feel as if I have been under a stone for the past fortnight and now I have emerged. This will probably turn out [...]

Wibbly Wobbly Whisk-Away Wednesday

…Remedy for Post-Christmas Blues… John was listening to Radio 4 this morning and reported the fact – new to us – that apparently December 28th is the biggest day in the year for booking holidays as everyone in Britain awakes to feelings of gloom, guilt and despondency brought on by late nights, over-indulgence and general [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns News Roundup

…to bring you up to date…Both barns are ready for Christmas! Unfortunately that is more than can be said for the owners who as usual are weeks behind with the cards and the presents. Glossing over that I’d like to start by just reminding anyone that Christmas is taking by surprise that 2012 follows shortly [...]

A Moving Blog Post

I started writing this on the East Midland train down to St Pancras on Monday but we were rattling along at such a speed, and lurching to and fro so violently that my attempts to strike the right letters on the fairly minute keyboard of my phone left me quickly feeling rather seasick and out [...]

Another Facelift for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…With some ‘after’ photos following the carpet transplant… There has been a lot of talk of holidays, but it hasn’t been all play. We and others have been hard at work too, behind the scenes in our relentless quest to keep our two holiday cottages as fresh and clean and lovely as we possibly can. [...]

Autumn Berries, Flowers and Fruit

After a truly wonderful spell in North Yorkshire it is still lovely to get home again. Autumn is creeping up, but the grass is still growing and there is still plenty colour in the garden. John had taken lots of photos recently, and a small selection can be seen in our gallery ORCHARD FARM GARDEN: [...]

How to Make a Prizewinning Cake

…by someone who didn’t know the secret…I have been baking cakes, pretty successfully, for many many years. I have never ever entered into¬† competition but for the Parwich Horticultural Show yesterday I was persuaded to do so, and some plum jam and some biscuits… Pride comes before the proverbial fall, not that I expected to [...]

Trying to Keep on Top…of everything

…A tall order, indeed…We really do try to keep on top of things, as best we can… On one level that is relatively easy, trying to keep a critically objective eye on the state of the barns, decorating and replacing before necessary rather than after, so that the barns always look pristine and well-equipped, although [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns Proud Link with the BAFTAs

A bit of a cheeky title really, but we have been watching the BAFTA awards this evening, scouring every table for views of our daughter, Ruthie who we know was there and our nephew, Tim Cragg, who should have been there but we didn’t see him either… ! Not a glimpse of either of them [...]

John has been busy with his camera

Actually, that is hardly headline news. The main news from Parwich is that Janet Gosling and Steve from the pub have had a very beautiful daughter, Rosie. No sooner was Rosie born than¬† it seemed Janet was back in the pub… If they don’t mind we may ask if John may take a photo of [...]