Connie is 100 Years Old

Connie is 100 Years Old

Our neighbour Connie, now in a home, is celebrating her 100th birthday today.  She is an amazing person, with a ready smile and positive outlook – an inspiration and a shining example.  She used to hobble to the door, using a broom for a walking stick, and no matter how poorly she might be feeling, the answer to “How are you doing today?” was invariably, “Oh, not so bad!”  Here she is with her card from the Queen.  Happy birthday, Connie.

Crabapple Tree with Roses

Crab Apple Tree with Roses

The roses are coming into their own.  The crab apple tree is losing out to this white climbing rose, which has just about conquered it.  We’ll miss the pickled crab apples, but we think it’s a fair trade-off.  Note the new gate to the right of the tree – made for us by a wonderful blacksmith.

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

The other morning it was too icy and foggy to cycle, so we went for a long walk along the river instead. The sun was just breaking through and melting the hoar frost on trees and grasses; it was lovely. And Poppy was very happy to be walking with us.

So we close the year with our wish to all of our guests – past and future and potential – for a very happy and healthy New Year. Best not to comment on the year past, let alone what may await us in the coming one – but let’s just hope it’s a good one.

We look forward to welcoming you in the coming year.

With best wishes,

David and anne

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Here it is again, my annual Christmas cake production. I keep thinking I’ll cut down the list of recipients, but so far I haven’t managed it (at all). As we were away most of November, I was quite pushed for time, so I wasn’t able to decorate them all individually – had to do it assembly-line style. But the fact is, I was glad to get them done in time. If you’re staying in one of our cottages over Christmas, you’ll find one waiting for you.

 

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Log Store: Full!

Log Store: Full!

Just in time for the cold days – have just had another delivery of logs. As you can see, David worked hard to get them all stacked neatly.

Cold weather? OK, if we must… we’re ready.

 

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Better Wifi!

Better Wifi!

We are pleased to tell you that access to our wireless internet system is much improved.

One of the drawbacks of a lovely historic house is that the walls are a foot thick in places, which makes it more difficult to get wireless broadband into each room. But we have found a solution: the router is now located in such a way as to make wifi accessible to all of our guest rooms. The double room (“Guinea Fowl”) can also access the separate router we have in the Garden Cottage. Which is to say, all of our cottages continue to each have their own dedicated router.

Thought you’d like to know!

 

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Six Quince!

Six Quince!

A friend of ours managed to procure 6 lovely quince fruit for us; they came from Provence. So here’s what I did: I cut up the quince, discarding only the stem and flower and boiled them with water until they were very soft, then strained them through a jelly bag to extract the juice. Added sugar and lemon juice and made 10 jars of jelly (some were just small jars). Then I pushed the left-over fruit through a sieve, stirring stirring until only the pips and skin were left – all in all, I discarded only 2-3 ounces of skin and pips. To the pureed fruit, I added some of our figs and sugar and made jam – ended up with another 14 good-sized jars of quince & fig jam.

Six quince = 2 dozen jars of jelly and jam. Not bad!

 

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Blue Plaque

Blue Plaque

If you’ve walked around Boston Spa recently, you may have noticed the blue plaques that have been installed in about a dozen locations of historic interest. There is a brochure available with two walks that incorporate these. Well, as Four Gables is of historic interest as a fine example of an Arts & Crafts era home, we got one too. It is located at the side of the house close to the front door, readily visible to visitors to the house.

 

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Congratulations to David

Congratulations to David

For the third year running, David has won a gold award in the Leeds in Bloom “Summer Business” competition. David works very hard in the garden, as you’ll have noticed if you’ve seen it, and he likes to make changes all the time. This year he added the birches on the front lawn and planted some bulbs on the lawn to naturalise. Plenty more changes are underfoot: we’re in the process of converting the main greenhouse into a “Vinery,” a place where we can sit and relax (got that? “sit and relax!”) when the weather is not so nice. The sunken garden is also due for some major renovations – but that’s a topic for another time.

 

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Walks in Boston Spa

Walks in Boston Spa

If you’ve walked around Boston Spa recently you may have noticed the new blue plaques identifying historic buildings and other sites in Boston Spa (such as the bridge) – the Council has installed 11 of these in the last few months.

To facilitate a first-hand view of all the plaques while providing more information, a brochure has been produced describing 2 circular walks around Boston Spa, each about 1½ miles long, which can be combined into one longer walk. The Eastern Trail starts in front of the library and takes you up the High Street to Wharfeside, down to the river and back along the riverside path, with a chance to read all of the plaques along the way. The Western Trail lets you take in more of the natural scenery, taking you along the river to Jackdaw Crag, then up Deep Dale Valley and back along the High Street.

Brochures are available for only 20p from the library and Yeadon’s Hardware Store. You can also download the brochure here.

The autumn colour is lovely at the moment and should stay that way for another few weeks. Enjoy the walk!

 

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