Farm Life

Apr15

Like millions of others around the Globe, we are getting used to our ‘new normal’ during these strangest of times.

Being fairly rural, we are used to not being in a busy town setting but there is no doubt that we are missing being able to go out, especially during this glorious weather we are having, and of course we are missing welcoming guests to The Old Stables.

So we continue to look for daily positives and have found that we are spoiled for choice! The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and nature is creeping closer to us. Our two barn owls are swooping over the fields in the late afternoon/early evenings and we are daily finding deer in our fields to the front and the back of the B&B. We hear the woodpeckers in the woods and yesterday two Canadian geese settled in our neighbours’ pond. We sit outside in the afternoon sun soaking up Vitamin D and feeling blessed that we are safe and healthy.

We are also taking the opportunity to get those spring time jobs done. Simon has been busy out in the garden painting fences, tending to our newly planted trees and generally doing some sprucing up . He’s desperate for some new bedding flowers but until everything opens up again we are moving things around in our garden so it’s all looking pretty when we re-open.

I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and made a Sourdough starter and have produced some pretty stellar Sourdough loaves! Watch out for it on our breakfast menu when we re-open. I’ve also been trying out different muffin recipes, some chocolatey treats and different flavour shortbreads (we’re sharing our baking bounty over the fence with our neighbours – they are loving it!!).

Jasper, our Golden Retriever, is being let over the fence to play with his best mates, Remy and Spencer (also Goldens) and of course he is still enjoying his walks in the sunshine every day. He’ll be 4 years old on the 18th April so I’ll be baking pupcakes for him and his buddies to share ūüôā

This too shall pass…

We really are looking forward to welcoming you to The Old Stables when all of this uncertainty is over. We’ll have everything ready and waiting for you from our beautiful rooms to delish shortbread to hearty breakfasts and everything in-between. Our online booking function is available right here on our website or email us on info@theoldstablesbandb.com or give us a ring on 01749 880635.

Simon, Jasper and I hope that you are all keeping healthy and safe and we will see you soon!

With our best wishes,

Aly, Simon & Jasper x

Mar25

Marmalade.  The story goes that marmalade was invented in 1700 when a storm-damaged Spanish ship, carrying Seville oranges, sought refuge in Dundee Harbour. The cargo was sold off cheaply to James Keiller, a down-on-his-luck local merchant, whose wife turned it into a preserve. True?  No one really knows but we do know that the Keillers of Dundee, James and his mother Janet, were very important in the popularisation of marmalade and are thought to have been amongst the first commercial producers of marmalade, and certainly the most well known. For the first half of the 19th century their brand of Dundee Marmalade, available affordably to the working classes, was extremely popular and was the forerunner of today’s best-selling brands.

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Nov21

The days are getting colder, the fireplace has been lit, and boxes of decorations are slowly being brought down from the loft. This means one thing at The Old Stables РChristmas is coming!
There are so many festive things to do in Somerset over the holiday period and every year Somerset pulls out the stops to create twinkling Christmas wonderlands. Here are some of our personal favourites.

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May14

Coming from island living to the Somerset countryside was a BIG change.  My life, up until our move, was on the tiny Island of Bermuda which is smack dab in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  Just 53.3 square kilometres (20.6 square miles) Рreally!  Surrounded by the ocean and beautiful pink sand beaches to fields of cows and sheep.  I do love Somerset and find country living absolutely delightful but there are times when I do feel a little homesick  for my Island Home.  When those feelings come along I always do the same thing Рmake up a batch of Bermuda Johnny Bread.

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Oct19

We decided that relocating countries, buying a house and getting a business up and running wasn‚Äôt quite enough excitement for one year so we‚Äôre embarking on our next project ‚Äď a barn conversion!¬† Continue reading