Monday, 26 June 2017

Finalists for the White Rose Awards 2017

We feel very proud and honoured that our little bed and breakfast here at Carr House Farm has been named as one of the 6 finalists for the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2017 in the bed and Breakfast section for the whole of Yorkshire.

Ampleforth has done very well as not only ourselves have been short listed but the White Swan in Ampleforth has also got through to the finals, not only for Yorkshire's Best Pub 2017 but also for the WRA 2017 in the Pub category. Both awards are run by Welcome to Yorkshire and are known to be the country's biggest award ceremony in the country .This will also allow both of us to go through to the national award which are urn by Visit England.

I hope the judge will come soon as the roses are at their best at the moment and everything around here is green and lush and the countryside is looking its nicest.

Jack tirelessly keeps the grass cut and the roadside and drive sides strimmed. As we have had a new hedge planted this year he has had to keep off the wire a distance as the strimmer has no mercy and chops everything down in its way .

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Meet our new tree pruners

Well there is Daisy, Poppy and Rosie .Why would you name tree pruners you must be thinking. They are in fact goats. So the three grandchildren now have a goat a piece. I do remember that we had some when I was young and they were a nightmare climbing on the farm building roofs and then pretending they were frightening and us having to get a ladder to get them down. I just wish they didn't have horns

And Nicholas had hatched some ducklings off, so they are in the guinea pig house as it was vacant at this moment in time and they are too young yet to turn out on the about animal farm . The grandchildren love all these different things and they nearly came home from Malton market yesterday with some pink hares. Trouble is I really think they would like a pony but it is a definite no from their dad so I need to work on that one .

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Flying Over Ampleforth

just 5 minutes by car from us 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

In the spotlight again...

They say things come in 3s.

Firstly it was very nice to be mentioned in an article in the Times by top travel writer Jill Starley-Grainger about Great British Breaks and features the Howardian Hills. Here Jill mentioned us in the Where to stay along with the Feversham Arms in Helmsley . The article read ...Or head over to Carr House Farm in Ampleforth ,a 16th century farmhouse with four-poster beds and flower filled gardens.

Secondly On Friday the Visit York Tourism Awards finalists were announced. We are lucky to have been selected as one of 4 finalists for the Best Bed and Breakfast.The other 3 businesses are in York itself so it will be head to head city versus Countryside.

Thirdly on Saturday Michelle Hurst from Lincolnshire who is the digital editor of the The Journal and the Grimsby Telegraph Saturday Guide mentioned me. With my other hat on as Anna Lupton PR and marketing I had arranged for Michelle to stay at the Fax. I also organised them to eat there and also at the White Swan in Ampleforth, one of our favourite local eating places, to which Michelle wrote" We were told by blogger Anna Lupton who runs award winning Carr House farm bed and breakfast at Ampleforth [ another on the to do list] that the food was very good and it absolutely was".

This week in the run up to Easter life will be no quieter here as the bees really do need to be attended to , we have a litter of Labrador pups due and I am going to be helping with 3 little granddaughters in their school holidays while daddy is busy on the farm. I have to go on a reeky to find the best primroses as the youngest one is 3. I think she will have more energy to walk over the fields than me she can certainly climb over a 5 bar gate quicker.

and maybe make some chocolate nest with little eggs in .

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

Sunday Morning Breakfast

A half eaten breakfast you say from the photo, as the fried bread had already  had a nibble out of it. I had just cooked breakfast for my French guests on Sunday morning -or should I say un petit dejeuner when the whole family were in raptures about it taking photos. You must take one too they said as all too often as I carry the breakfasts through to the dining room do I think I should have taken a  photo .I am more bothered about getting it to the table hot and havent time to take a photo. My camera was to hand so I snapped one and then another after the breakfast had been tackled.  I think the empty plate says it all Papa had an extra slice of black pudding too .

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine's Day

Jack always says you shouldn't have to do anything special on Valentine's Day to prove you love someone .Is that a very true statement or is it because he doesn't want to buy a card. Well I always join the multitudes and find a card which I think suits us.

We had planned to go out with a couple of friends who we hadnt seen for a while and Tuesday was the only night we could all fit it in so a night out on Valentine's Day it was.

It is 11 years since we went to New Zealand on the 14th Feb and only after I was looking through the photographs later that I realised I had worn the same jacket as I did when we did that long long flight to the other side of the world.

We went to Manchega in Ripon which is run by the lovely Magdalena who also owns Pampas just outside Sutton On Forest ,where we have had many a good meal.  They serve delicious steaks and Magdalena promised to take one over Ripon for Jack. Talk about being spoilt.  He did very well as it was cooked rare to perfection and although I enjoyed the tapas, the squid was very good but prefer the food they serve at Pampas.

We walked across the market place at ten past nine and if I had realised what time it was we could have rushed a bit to let our friends listen to the Hornblower .Of course it wasn't George Pickles Mr Ripon Hornblower Extraodanaire but the Hornblower saw us and bid us goodnight.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Someone Like You - Van Morrison.wmv

Someone Like You - Van Morrison.wmv

Cant believe this was 9 years ago ... and yes I would do it all again ..... and asked Jack and he said yes too xx

Does that sounds mysterious ! After knowing Jack for over 30 years we finally made it official in Columbette in the West Indies .At the top of a mountain overlooking the Pitons Mountains .