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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Electric Car Charging Point

Electric Car Charging Point

We are pleased to advise that we have our own electric car charging point at the side of the house, available free of charge to all guests, including guests staying at one of our cottages. The location is right next to where we park our cars, i.e. we will have to move one of our cars in order for you to use the charging point – but all you have to do is ask us, and we will be happy to do that for you.

 

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Wild Orchids in Yorkshire

Wild Orchids in Yorkshire

They’re later than usual, but they’re now in bloom: the wild orchids. Yes, right here in the “frozen North.”

If you come and visit we’ll tell you where you can see them in person.

 

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Express Breakfast

Express Breakfast

Early start? We’re pleased to offer what we call an “Express Breakfast” – consisting of (usually) a juice, fresh fruit, home-made muffin or cake, granola bar, cheese, and sausage. If you prefer, we can make it a lunch bag with a sandwich – if you have special wishes or requirements for this, you may need to give us a little notice. I just made a batch of savoury corn muffins (with cheese, onion, green pepper, and lots of fresh herbs from the garden) which are in the freezer… the cycling mob had some for their post-cycling breakfast yesterday, and they seemed to go down well. The one in the photo is a blueberry muffin, however.

 

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Open Garden

Open Garden

Last Sunday we had the garden open again under the National Garden Scheme (NGS = the “Yellow Book”), together with another garden in Boston Spa. We had over 300 visitors, of whom 175 purchased their tickets from us. We also served tea/coffee and cake (we had helpers!). On Monday we had another 35 visitors from the University of the Third Age. Overall we raised £700 for the NGS and the charities they support, plus £750 from the cakes and Monday’s visitors, which we are donating to the Samaritans in memory of our good friend John, plus another £200 from the plant stand, which went to Horticap. Not a bad day!

The garden was looking good, though we wished it had been about two weeks later – the aquilegias and the hostas, the banksia rose and the peonies, would have been out then. Still, we didn’t get any complaints, so it was all good.

The photo is from the side of the house, with the “white garden” in the foreground.

 

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