Wednesday, 17 April 2013


After a long , hard miserable winter, we are suddenly beginning to see signs of Spring.
The primroses and daffodils are blooming and putting on a lovely show in the garden and all over the meadows.
Lambs are appearing in local fields and finally the hedges and trees are putting out lovely green buds and shoots.
A red-letter day today as Steve and Harry let the Dairy cows out into their paddocks after milking.  This is the first time they have stepped on grass since September 2012!  Always a delight to see then frolicking about, kicking their heels in the air and bucking like broncos. How good must that feel!

We have been busy in the B&B with re-decorating and maintenance jobs, so all nice and fresh for the new season.  I have only 3 rooms to let this year, so everyone is now accommodated in the Barn next to the house.
We also have a self-catering flat to re-let , which at the moment is available for the Badminton Horse Trials week.  If anyone is interested, please contact us for more details.

Our nearby village Biddestone has been the setting for a movie filmed here in February.  Look out for "A Christmas Candle", which will be screened this coming Christmas. Lots of local people were used as extras and we were all treated to a pretty scene as they covered the village with fake snow.  The irony was, that as they were doing the technical stuff, it actually snowed for real.

We are looking forward to May which means a Bank Holiday at the beginning and end of the month and the famous Chippenham Folk Festival, which always draws a large crowd. Lets hope the weather will be kind to everyone this year.

I have been on a cookery course at Lucknam Park, specifically looking at breakfasts for our guests.
Even after having offered B&B here for 25 years, I still picked up some very useful tips and new ideas.
Am now making my own granola, which is proving very popular and lots of loaves of bread, which smell gorgeous when they are nearly baked.

Well must go and walk probably the most ridiculous collie on the planet!  Happy Springtime to any readers.

Kate Jones

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