March 28, 2009

We have just had the opportunity to have two quick breaks away where we stayed in bed and breakfast  accommodation.

 The first was in Seahouses, Northumberland where we enjoyed coastal walks and castles returning home with kippers from Craster Smoke House.  We stayed at Railston House (www.railstonhouse.com) where we had a warm welcome and a delightful room.

Secondly I visited the Lake District for some strenuous walking with my son.  This time we stayed at Far Nook B & B (www.farnook.co.uk) where Steven and Heather made sure we had a very comfortable stay.

 It is good to stay at other B & B’s  so that we can make comparisons and be sure we are offering a high standard.  After these visits I am confident our four stars are well earned.



March 8, 2009



Marigold is mentioned in a previous blog so here is an explanation of who she is.

About eighteen months ago after struggling to buy locally really good fresh eggs for our breakfasts, and those of our guests, we decided to keep our own hens.

We selected different varieties and colours of hens – some white, black and brown.  We have a few white hens but one in particular has always stood out from the rest.  She has a floppy red comb which falls over one eye.  Straight away it remined us of a washing-up glove and she was immediately christened MARIGOLD.

There is another reason for her distinction – in all the months she has been here, winter and summer, there must be only a few days when she has not laid a delicious white egg.  All the other hens including the other white hens lay brown eggs and hence why we know she lays so very often.

Our grandson always asks for a Marigold egg for his breakfast when he comes to stay.  Locals and friends who have visited ask after her and she has even had her portrait painted.

Just recently we have bought six new hens who have just started to lay.  It will be interesting to see if one of these develops a distinctive character and reputation.

We sell our surplus eggs so perhaps you will be able to take some home after a stay with us.


March 1, 2009

People come to stay with us for many different reasons.  Some guests come especially because this particular area of Derbyshire abounds with many renowned ancient historial sites.

I organise a charity walking group from Highfield (leaving here at 11.00 am on the last Thursday of each month, everyone welcome, phone for confirmation)  and last week we walked to the Five Wells burial chamber not far away.

This site is said to be perhaps the highest of its kind in England and dates from the Neolithic period somewhere between 4 and 6,000 years ago.  When it was excavated in the 1800’s it was found to contain both male and female bones.  Much more information and photographs available  try www.peak-experience.org.uk.

With history still in mind this weekend I took a short drive through Bakewell, and parked just beyond at Stanton in the  Peak beside an entrance to Stanton Moor.  It was pleasant to ramble through the heather, birch and ash trees with fantastic views of both that Derwent and Wye valleys.

The object of this walk was to view the circle of stones commonly known as the Nine Sisters, the best known monument of this Bronze Age habitation.  You can find out lots more about this interesting place with wonderful photographs on www.cressbrook.co.uk – Stanton Moor.

I am ashamed to say that I have never visited a very local site known as Arbour Low. Perhaps I will go there this week if I can spare the time from gardening, as the weather has turned quite mild and all kinds of flowers are beginning to bloom.