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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 [...]

A Hot Pre-Budget Tip

…from a warm and sunny Orchard Farm…I mean to write at least once a day, but, it seems three days have gone by, and what is there to show for it apart from a continuing warm-wave? However, this beautiful spring day, I have a serious tip to share with you all, which came to me [...]

Peaceful Parwich in the Peak Park

I have been trying for days to upload a (small) map showing which parts of the country all our guests come from. So far success has eluded me so instead we are going to show you two rather lovely Parwich pictures. John got up early this to capture some peaceful morning scenes after a wonderful [...]

Our Barns in Alastair Sawday’s Special Escapes

We are proud to have been invited way back in about 2007 to be included in Alastair Sawday’s ‘Special Escapes’ website and at present have two separate entries there, one for Tom’s Barn and a second for Douglas’s Barn. Anxious to ensure we haven’t slipped below their standard Sawday’s have just arranged a (routine!) re-inspection  [...]

Some Beautiful Tom’s Barn Guests

We could well be talking about our human guests but actually now it is dogs we have in mind. We do get some really beautiful dogs, and most of them not only lovely to look at but very well behaved and with manners to match. It makes it a real pleasure welcoming dogs, which only [...]

Tom’s Barn Dog Parade

We have had our ‘annual’ (last one was in June 2010) inspection today. It is always a tense moment. There is quite a lot of work beforehand making sure the paperwork is up to date and that one has done everything one was meant to do after the previous inspection. There is also that underlying [...]

Interesting Facts & Figures or Useless Stats

- Looking back over the past year – It is traditional at the start of a new year to look back over the past one, so for those that like such things, here are some stats for 2010, with due credit to SuperControl which has supplied most of them… Occupancy: Tom’s Barn 98%; Douglas’s Barn [...]