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

This young swallow hasn't perfected to art of drinking while on the wing

I meant to drink, not walk on water!

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 with a rod of iron and like any true dictator its rules are not divulged – but cross them if you dare.

One of these rules and on the face of it a very logical one, appears to be that blog posts, and pages on a website, must be to be relevant to the subject.

Sticking to the subject poses a problem. I tend to write in the blog whatever comes to mind, hopefully all of it may be of interest even if not relevant to some people, and probably not to others. Over time cover a range of hopefully (?) fascinating topics, which included Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns of course, and what’s on, but range all over the place from walks, cooking and good food recommendations, travel, books, plays and whatever comes to mind.

And of course I get side tracked by John’s wonderful photos – look at this wonderful young swallow recovering from an unsuccessful attempt to drink while on the swoop.

Google may well feel it is most of it far from relevant to our two Five Star holiday cottages; we hope though that some will possibly relevant, some of the time, for the many and varied guests and friends who follow their progress. People come here from all over the UK, and beyond, to relax and enjoy themselves, escaping the normal pressures and stresses of ‘normal’ life. We do have such interesting, genuinely lovely people choosing to stay here, from a variety of backgrounds, interests and experience. It is only their interest in our two holiday cottages that unites them all.

They need peace and quiet, quality and comfort in their accommodation and plenty of nearby opportunities to walk, and enjoy good local food with masses of scope from other activities, physical and cultural. Many love to lose themselves in books, or listen to music, to paint, or even – it has been known – to make a patchwork quilt!

Not many come to read about holiday cottages, although every so often we will add a little post which allows us to blow the trumpet for a short spell. But only a short spell, before we go off on yet another tangent.

So I will end this with a sort, green trumpet blast…

We have just heard today that we have been re-awarded a Gold Award from Green Tourism. We could be greener (but not much space for a wind turbine) and we will work on it, but it is good to know that we all – guests and us – are doing pretty well.

Gathering Roses…

Poppies in the garden at Orchard Farm

Not Roses but Poppies

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 this post is intentionally some poppies from the Orchard Farm garden, rather than roses, in the week that communities like ours all over the country commemorated the centenary of the start of the 1st World War, on Monday 4th August.

Centenary of Start of WW1

We Will Remember Them 4/8/2014

80 men from Parwich fought in the war, and many of them – great grandfathers and great uncles of families still living in the village, died, so the service held by the war memorial in St Peter’s churchyard was particularly poignant.

Meanwhile, since my last post we have been to a really lovely a family wedding. This was followed immediately by our Green Tourism re-assessment, to see if we have kept up all our green credentials and can retain our Gold Award. (We haven’t heard yet.) This re-inspection involves a two-hour inspection and ‘interview’ accompanied by a large amount of paperwork and supporting evidence, so there were a few very short nights in between all the gallivanting.

Then almost immediately afterwards we had daughter Ruthie and some friends up from London for a weekend followed immediately by some very good ‘old’ friends form South Africa, their son and daughter-in-law and grandchild… All this has been great, great fun but it has not left much time for bloggish activity, as you can imagine.

Son Nick flew to China yesterday for the Youth Olympics (covering the games, not competing in them!). Meanwhile, our two holiday cottages are full all the time – that is more pure pleasure for us, with a slight amount of work involved.

Eventually life may quieten down, there’ll be more frequent blog posts and the website may eventually be born. Let’s hope so, anyway.

And finally, guess what – I feel almost shy to say – but we are off to Yorkshire tomorrow for another rather special weekend of anniversary festivities of some more very very good friends…


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