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What To Do Whatever the Weather

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‘All Passion Spent’

…And Summer is Here, at Last…Today, Tuesday 24th July, has been wondrously hot, the hottest day of the year, apparently. I tore myself away from the computer (EQM re-assessment being an urgent priority, went outside complete with sun hat, Factor 50, and ‘All Passion Spent’ by Vita Sackville-West, my book for our book club meeting [...]

Keep Calm and Carry on Eating Cake

…Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Cherry Bakewell Special…In spite of the fact we get very few people actually commenting on the blog friends, guests and often complete strangers will email us, or tell me on Facebook or at parties how much they actually enjoy reading our blog. They do say they enjoy John’s photos too which [...]

It’s the Diamond Jubilee!

…The Royal Jubilee and the Olympics – what a year…! I should have added the recession as well, but did not want to let that cloud the atmosphere; however, in fact it almost helps us appreciate all the more what we do have to celebrate. As I post this we are watching the pageant on [...]

Derbyshire Open Arts weekend

Until Monday night when we have the lighting of the flares on Parwich Hill the weekend is a fairly normal one except that it is also the Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. There will be artists opening their studios all over Derbyshire but this year we only have two open here; however, there will be lots [...]

Powerless in Parwich

…Arctic Conditions Hit Us for 15 Hours…Two weeks ago we were watching our guests slowly attain a deep tan while we all sat in the sunshine, barbecued outside and strolled about in light summer clothing. The flowers bloomed, the grass grew, the birds sang fit to burst. Unfortunately it was all too good to last. [...]

Warm Weather Prognosis from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…And The Possible Way to Ensure the Icy Conditions Disappear Permanently…What is the secret? You’ll have to wait and see how effective it turns out to be… The icy conditions persist. We have had no snow recently, and none the night before last in spite of warnings and dire predictions of what was to befall. [...]

Snowy Update from Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

…And One Happy Tom’s Barn Dog Guest…Just a quick post after a day of snow. Last winter the snow came with a vengeance at the end of November; this year we have had to wait until early February so it seems more exciting – there isn’t that slight niggling worry that it might be going [...]

A Fantastic Midweek Opportunity

for this coming Monday 6 to Friday 10 February 2012….It will be lovely…Think toboggans, walks in the  snow. It is snowing, hard. Douglas’s Barn, warm and welcoming, awaits you, IF you can pass the test… You can’t resist a challenge You can’t resist a bargain You like spur of the moment excitement You have a 4×4 vehicle [...]

The Peak District Seen Through Chocolate

…More Delicious Food Tips for Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns’ Guests and Friends…If ever you are planning your stay here and look at the advance weather forecast and wonder if those grey clouds and downward droplets necessarily mean there may not be non-stop sun, we have another wet-weather tip. How about a 3-hour ‘award winning chocolate experience‘? [...]

Learning from our Tom’s & Douglas’s Barn Guests

…Some Things to do While You’re Here…We always love it when our guests let us know what they’ve done and what they’ve enjoyed; we’re genuinely interested but it also helps us keep up to date and we keep learning new things about the area which is useful,  even humbling to realise we live here and [...]