The Swallows are certainly having a busy time at the moment. It doesn’t seem two minutes since I went into the garage and saw five tiny birds pop their heads up to be fed by mum. Their bright yellow beaks were almost all I could see. The other day, I saw them take their first flight and couldn’t resist going into the garage for their latest (and possibly last) photo shoot.
Still no sign of the Mallards that appeared in April – I suspect they are busy raising their family somewhere nearby. I hope they drop in on us sometime, it will be nice to see them again. Ann
We’ve recently upgraded all the TVs in our guest bedrooms ahead of Digital Switchover in Yorkshire later this year, so now all our guests can watch Freeview in their bedrooms and only one remote control to contend with.
With Internet TV guests can also use BBC iPlayer and a number of other catch up services including news channels from around the world. You can use the TV as a web browser if you really need to (in my opinion the TV remotes need to get much easier to use – are you manufacturers listening?) and we’ve even got our own internal channel for local tourist information. Any local visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs reading this would please get in touch with us as we’d like to make your information available to our guests in an exciting new way.
Apple’s Airplay technology now works easily through the new TV sets (it used to be a bit clunky to use with our old sets), so you can now play your iTunes music wirelessly through your bedroom TV without messing around with an iPod dock. Just select the channel from your TV remote and tell your Airplay device (iPhone, iPad etc) to play to your room TV. Easy.
Don’t forget that our guest lounge has both Freesat and Freeview and has supported Internet TV and Airplay for a while – great for catching up on Doctor Who.
Last spring we planted about thirty strawberry plants, thinking they would look nice among our rose beds. Big mistake – they ran amok so we were able this year to replant about two hundred having given a similar number away to friends and family.
They are now ripening nicely though so it looks like our guests will be able to enjoy fresh strawberries from the garden for the next few weeks. With a bit of luck we’ll also have enough to make some jam.
The fine weather we’ve been having recently is giving a lovely display of roses this year too. It’s a lovely evening here and our white climbing rose is filling the air with perfume, so I’m sat in the garden having a nice glass of wine while the sun goes down.
We woke up one morning to find this pair of mallards on the small pond at the bottom of our garden. They were daily visitors for a few weeks in late April / early May but now seem to have gone elsewhere.
One day we had two males fighting it out over the female for a few hours.
A floating duck house was very hastily constructed, only for one of my school friends to tell me that mallards tend to nest some distance from water.
It seems we lost our population of sticklebacks over the hard winter but the pond has a good population of newts and the swallows have returned to their regular haunt in our old tack room. Right – time to tend to the tomatoes.
While we’re on the subject of awards, we’d like to congratulate Pat and William at 17 Burgate over in Pickering in their recent success in the 2010 White Rose Awards.
We’ve known Pat and William for a few years now since getting involved with the Yorkshire’s Finest Accommodation project. They are an inspiration to all and fully deserve their success. We would like to think they will be keeping a close eye on the competition from South Yorkshire next year though
Ann and Robert are delighted to announce that we have retained our 5 Star Gold Award for the fourth successive year since opening in 2006.
Our hard work in the kitchen department has paid dividends this time with a Breakfast Award. Since 5 star properties have to display excellence in menu choice, preparation and presentation it is indeed very satisfying for us to know that we can measure up well against other accommodation providers.
In winning this award we’d like to thank some excellent local suppliers including our award winning local butchers D J Fentons and general grocers Taylors of Tickhill.
Our final thanks must of course go to our guests whose support makes this business very enjoyable. You are the ones who will really help us to maintain and improve our standards and your feedback suggests you enjoy what we provide. We look forward to meeting you again the next time you are visiting the area.
Robert and Ann are pleased to announce the long awaited opening of our fabulous new guest lounge. The lounge features luxury furnishings, a large flat screen HD-TV with Free-Sat, a selection of books and magazines and Wi-Fi facilities.
Our new guest lounge
We are so pleased now that guests have a comfortable area outside their bedrooms to meet and socialise with each other should they wish. We often have families or groups of friends stay with us so the lounge is an ideal space in which to meet and chat.
Congratulations to members of the Dinnington Colliery Brass Band for their recent appearance in the BBC’s programme ‘A Band for Britain’. The Band has produced a CD which is in the top 40 classical album charts and have made several appearances on various television shows such as the Alan Titchmarsh Show where they met up once more with Sue Perkins and the Breakfast show where they were interviewed by Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams. They have secured a £1m deal with a record company and hope to improve rehearsal facilities and train more people. Ann and Robert from Throapham House bed and breakfast near Dinnington wish them every success for the future.
Our regular supplier of bacon, pork sausage and black pudding have struck gold again – 5 times!! One of their gold awards was achieved for their superb quality plain pork sausage which you can taste when you have your breakfast at Throapham House. The awards were achieved at the recent BPEX North West Roadshow and our congratulations are sent to them. Well done!
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