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We've moved in to Tom's Barn!

Well, nobody booked this midweek break Monday 15th (Ides of March) to Friday 18th March so we have with some excitement and unseemly haste, moved in ourselves to enjoy the delights – or otherwise – at first hand.

What a difference, just crossing that courtyard, seemed to make, silly as it might sound… we really do feel we are on holiday which is unfortunate, as we aren’t really, but we are going to make the most of it.  Tomorrow night we are hoping to try to make a steak and kidney pudding in the slow cooker, so first stop the White Peak Butchery in Tissington.

We’ve asked our good friend American Debs (who many of you may have had contact with, as she look after the admin side of  things when we go away) and her husband Trevor to supper so let’s hope the S&KP turns out OK.

Plus points so far – Lovely welcome (from Janet, each other and our co-guests in Douglas’s Barn), nice atmosphere, fire lit, beautifully warm, Moonlight Sonata on Classic FM…

BUT no cake (we slipped up there, but plenty of lemon drizzle next door and John did remember a nice bottle of wine); more seriously,  we couldn’t get a squeak out of the telephone. How embarrassing – how long has that not worked? Why did nobody tell us – it is hard to believe it just stopped working tonight. John tried new batteries to no avail – so tomorrow we’ll buy a new one.

How many more glitches will we discover?  Off to check the bath out now, further reports tomorrow. We’ll try to get Debbie to report her findings too.


4 comments for “We've moved in to Tom's Barn!”

  1. Hope you enjoy your midweek break as much as we do – we bet you don’t find many faults!

    Posted by Jayne Macey | March 17, 2010, 10:35 pm
    • We’ve loved it, thanks, Jayne. No, we haven’t found too many problems although we were very bothered about the phone not working. However it is obviously the line not the phone as it has come ‘alive’again now, but very crackly; we tried another telephone with exactly the same result.
      We trust BT will (eventually) sort it.

      Posted by Marion F-S | March 17, 2010, 10:58 pm
  2. I am happy to report the steak and kidney pudding via the slow cooker was fantastic! It has made me want to get a slow cooker now too.

    It was great fun having a meal at Tom’s Barn. It struck me, while we were sitting in the living room having a glass of wine, how ‘un-holiday cottageish’ it is. The furniture, decor & paintings are such a high standard. All the things you’d quite like to have in your own home are there, and they are nice!

    Well, all I can say is I hope we get an invite when John and Marion test drive Douglas’s Barn!!!

    Fingers crossed…

    Posted by American Debbie | March 25, 2010, 5:41 pm
    • Debbie, thank you for your kind comments about our fun evening with you and the delicious but collapsed S&KP.
      We’d be delighted to entertain you both in Douglas’s Barn when we get the chance to move in there.

      Posted by Marion F-S | March 25, 2010, 5:51 pm

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