The Year So Far

I read a comment on whether anyone reads blogs and journals. I hope someone does! Although nowadays it is becoming impossible to know if it’s been written by humans or a robot: the suggestion is that humans are becoming redundant. Our son says the bots are so clever now they can write like you, even […]

Tom Felling Trees!

We have been spoilt for weather these past few weeks. The sky has been filled with blue and sunshine. It can’t last of course, but we can bask in it whilst it’s here. This time of year and when it’s dry, is a good time to deal with any trees that are (sadly) dying off. […]

Finally…

Groundworks have Begun! Planning never goes smoothly, you always feel you are banging your head against a brick wall and you will never get there. But as with so many things you just have to keep calm and keep going. So now, after 3 years Highgate Cabins is within sight. The team at Metcalf’s have […]

Plans Are Afoot

Plans never go according to plan. If we’d got planning permission in good time the cabins would already be up and running. However things are now in place so that we can start on the groundworks soon, Here is the site plan: You should never count your chickens, but hopefully they will be ready May/June […]

Highgate Pods

Opening Next Year! We finally got planning permission for some cabins at Highgate. It wasn’t easy, but I don’t thing planning ever is. We are very excited to see it all being built, although the site looks a bit untidy at the moment. Next year there will be four cabins, two with outside baths and […]

Hot Dogs

Summer is gone It has been a good summer, for the visitors at least plenty of sunshine and dry weather, with little rain. Dacre beck was very low for a time and the grass was looking a little parched. But it’s time for a proper deluge and no doubt that will come in the Autumn. […]

Gardening

Always something to be done. You’ve never finished in the garden. We try to have a balance between some more formal areas and then some places where we let nature have more of a free hand. The lilac is at the edge of a bit of more unruly “garden”. Not really garden as we let […]

Spring or Winter?

What a beautiful month April was. With the changing weather patterns I think April is often one of the best times of year to visit the Lakes. A dry and sunny start to Spring. People were a little giddy I though venturing out in shorts and stripping off to bare chests, but I was willing […]

Ready To Get Back To Normal

The repairs are all finished now, scaffolding just about to be removed. Old houses are lovely but they never seem to be finished, there’s always a little something else that needs fixing. However Home Farm was built in the nineteenth century and its still standing so I’m sure it will be there long after I’m […]

Spring Clean

Opening Up We are looking forward to 12 April and opening up again. It’s a trite remark that we hope nothing happens to put off this long awaited release from lockdown. Plus we have to remember there are lots of businesses that cannot re-open until later in the year. We have taken the opportunity to […]