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Green Issues

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Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Green Conscience

You may well have wondered, yet again, at an uncxplained apparent absence of activity… The truth is, I have been extremely busy but not doing fun things like writing on the blog, which to me is sheer relaxation. What has been preoccupying nearly every waking moment since the Horse Trials is our application for an [...]

Brand New Nesting Box Seeking Suitable Tenant

The current excitement in our world if not yet  in the birds’ world, is a brand new nesting box, complete with wi-fi camera, recently bought from the RSPB shop at Carsington. We’ve been promising ourselves one ever since we had so much interest and enjoyment last year watching the blue tits in our (camera-less) nesting [...]

Trying to catch up with spring

Trying to catch up generally… We have been away for a few days and have let things stand still a bit too long for comfort on the blog front (I hasten to say everything else has pretty well gone on as normal thanks to Janet and the well-oiled Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns machinery!). Thanks to [...]

The Gentle Face of Nature?

John has one or two quite amusing photos showing a less sentimental view of birds and Boots than perhaps we might prefer. We all know cats, even sweet-natured ones like Boots, catch mice and birds and must strike fear in the hearts of these smaller creatures, although no doubt to their relief, with advancing age [...]

A brief (nearly spring) stroll in the garden at Orchard Farm

A few photos taken on Sunday 13th March – the rest you can see in the blog gallery .

Bald as a Coot

…but mother still loves youWe were strolling round Tissington the other day, daughter Ruthie  having bought us some wedding anniversary plants from the nursery there, when we were charmed to see this mummy coot,  nesting on a very precarious looking bunch of weeds in the big pond. (We also felt rather proud that we had [...]

Orchard Farm garden in June

What a beautiful spell of warm summery weather, and  the gardens have loved every minute of it! John has been busy – when he has not been working in the garden – photographing all the flowers while they are at their best so when the garden is looking bleak and forlorn later in the year [...]

Gorgeous gardens in sunny Parwich

and daisies at Orchard FarmParwich  Open Gardens by all accounts was a great success. The day had dawned for us with a slight sense of dismay when our lawnmower packed up half way through John’s final trimming, but we didn’t let that weigh us down too much as short of getting down with the proverbial [...]

Parwich Open Gardens – a garden (still) in the making

It is our village annual Open Gardens day today, and miraculously the sun is shining. There was one day not so long ago when in spite of a truly torrential downpour visitors poured through the Parwich gardens, soaked to the skin. Orchard Farm opens its doors too. We always feel a trifle foolish doing this; [...]

Sad to say two more twits are leaving home.

Short Walks for Oldies(This post was  sent at dawn (ish) this morning by Jenny and Derek, originally as part of a comment to yesterday’s post ‘The Blue Tits have left Home’. We thought it deserved space of its own…) Sad to say two more twits are leaving home. 6am and planning to leave early to [...]