GOLD for Fern Cottage March 2016
We are very delighted to announce that we have at long last received 4 Star GOLD Accolade from EnjoyEngland. This award is presented for exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service and hospitality.
Bath Theatre Royal January 2016
Enjoyed a visit to the Theatre Royal in Bath to see the St Petersburg Ballet Company perform Swan Lake. I have wanted to see this for many years, but always had something on at the time. It was worth the wait.
Highgrove Royal Gardens, Tetbury - Sept 24th 2015
Yesterday we took (yes another day off) and went to the Royal Gardens at Highgrove. It took us just 25 minutes to get there - just past the Westonbirt Arboretum (our next planned visit shortly to see the autumn trees).
We had a 2 hour guided tour of the beautiful gardens of HRH The Prince of Wales and it was totally worth it. The gardens are full of his passion for organic gardening and a sense of peace and beauty.
I can't wait to go back again next Spring to see the spring bulbs and then I also want to see the wildflower meadow in the Summer months.
We have always gardened organically with the environment in mind, as well as caring about our wildlife, trying to grow as many flowers and plants that attract our wild bees that are now seen to be in danger in the future.
Prince Charles's gardens reinvigorated my passion for gardening organically with nature and accepting that some things don't work and you can get it wrong, but with a bit more thought and planning you can help nature and still have a beautiful garden.
After 19 years of living at Fern Cottage, my garden is still a work in progress, but I feel after yesterday's visit to Highgrove that I am on the right path and that any "quick" fixes are the wrong ones.
Bristol Harbourside Festival July 2015
We had a rare treat this afternoon on 19th July - we went to the Bristol Harbour Festival - what a fantastic afternoon. So many food stalls of every type of food from many different countries. People sitting in Queens Square were treated to bands playing great music while sitting on the grass.
We then walked around the harbourside looking at the many boats that were moored up. We took the river taxi to cross over to the other side of the harbour. We were just about to leave when we noticed something happening in the water.
It was time for the pyro-naughts to start - being hurled up into the air on their jets of water and then bobbing their heads downwards, sent them spiralling into the water and back out again.
Saturday evening was the spectactular fireworks, which we could see even from our field.
All in all a fantastic afternoon, but next year we have promised ourselves a day at the harbourside festival in July 2016.