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Holiday at Home! It might be Cheaper!

We have learnt that money (£23.7bn)  does buy you fame even if momentary and extremely light-hearted! It also will buy you a bargain flight to Portugal (it would have made more sense to buy up a few aeroplanes). You can holiday in this country, in some comfort, for considerably less. Since the ‘Great Fare Robbery’ [...]

A Great Trip at a Great Price?

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barn’ prices are at the top end of ‘normal’ but for what you get we’d like to think that the price is a great one, but not this great! John and I recently received a lovely invitation to join some friends in their villa in Portugal for a long weekend. We have [...]

Business as Usual?

When we were in Co Cork the other day, negotiating some roadworks, we were very amused to see a large sign outside a shop. With typical Irish humour, it said, “Business as usual during the roadworks. Expect Delays!” Hopefully we won’t be responsible for too many delays, but it truly will be ‘business’ as usual [...]

Moving on, slowly, very slowly…

Facing old age, reluctantly and disbelievingly, and the need to downsize… We have decided to put Orchard Farm on the market. We’ve loved living at Orchard Farm (for 31 1/2 years!) and really loved running Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns for nearly half of that time. The contact with all our guests has been such a happy [...]

Could this be the lucky break you’ve been waiting for?

Can someone else’s misfortune be your good fortune? We have a sudden week’s gap in Tom’s Barn on Monday (September 8th) which we hope may answer someone’s dream: Monday 8th to Monday 15th September – seven summer nights for the winter weekly rate of £485, plus £25 per dog if you want to bring your [...]

Sticking to the Subject…Today’s Subject is Green!

Or is it? Is it Green, or perhaps it’s a swallow drinking on the swoop? Perhaps only Google will decide. I have recently been to a ‘Social Media for Small Businesses’ update and amongst the many nuggets of seriously useful information we were reminded that Google holds all in its power. Google rules the internet [...]

Gathering Roses…

We’re still here, believe it or not! Just bobbing up our heads briefly, to show that we haven’t totally disappeared, in spite of the silence on the blog. It’s been a question rather of ‘Gather ye roses while ye may…” and we have been gathering roses with a vengeance! By the way, the image with [...]

Evensong in King’s College Cambridge Chapel

We have just returned from yet another happy jaunt, this time to Cambridge for the Golden Wedding of some friends who held a wonderful lunch party for their friends and family in Clare College. After tea and golden wedding cake which rapidly followed lunch we had a stroll round the quite beautiful Clare College gardens [...]

Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns’ Invisible New Website…

A seminar on websites without wifi – is this as bad as a pub with no beer…? Not being a great beer drinker, I would normally say ‘far worse’! However, last week I was grateful that our site/s remained invisible thanks to a complete wifi failure. Thanks to some European funding, small business owners in [...]

It’s Not Greed, It’s Culinary Tourism

Our blog has been disconcertingly silent while it seems as if we have have happily eaten our way round (parts of) Ireland and North Yorkshire! It is lovely to find that one’s delight in good local food, is not so much greed but seeking ‘culinary authenticity’… Culinary Tourism is defined by Wikipedia as ‘the pursuit [...]