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  • Anne’s ‘Culinary Memoir’ (1/30/2020) - Anne’s ‘Culinary Memoir’ From the Iron Curtain to the Zion Curtain. On August 12, 1961, just hours before the Berlin Wall went up, nine-year old Annerose and her family fled East Berlin. Joining the Mormon church led them to Provo, Utah. Annerose made her own escape, from the constraints of the church (and her mother’s […]
  • Discount Cards (11/19/2019) - Discount Cards We have negotiated a discount for our guests at our B&B and cottages at two of our local restaurants.  With the card, guests will receive a 15% discount at our lovely tapas restaurant, La Casita, or a 10% discount at the more casual Stew and Oyster.  Both restaurants are within walking distance, right […]
  • Happy Guests (10/1/2019) - Happy Guests Guests who stayed in our Garden Cottage recently wrote such a nice note in our guest book that we thought we’d share it with you. “Very pleasantly surprised by Boston Spa, which was just meant to be a convenient stop-over after driving up the A1 and meeting friends on the North Yorkshire Moors. […]
  • Redcurrants (7/24/2019) - Redcurrants The raspberries are nearly finished, and the redcurrants were getting ripe.  The birds had been sneaking under the netting – David has rescued about half a dozen blackbirds during the last few weeks.  So this morning it was our turn:  we removed the netting and picked 7.6 kg of redcurrants!  Yes, just the 7.6 […]
  • First Wild Orchid (6/13/2019) - First Wild Orchid   David spotted this while he was out cycling last weekend, and we went back to take this photo:  the first wild orchid of the season, spotted on a verge.  It’s a pyramidal orchid.  According to Wikipedia:  “Anacamptis pyramidalis, the pyramidal orchid, is a perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the genus Anacamptis […]
  • Bluebells (4/29/2019) - Bluebells What a time of year it is, with the cherry trees in full bloom, not to mention the spring flowers – some of them already finishing up. Best of all, the bluebells are just starting. You’ll have to come to Four Gables to find out where this photo was taken… but don’t leave it […]
  • Boston Spa (4/29/2019) - Boston Spa The Sunday Times of 14 April included an insert citing the best places to live in the various parts of the country. In our area, York was rated number one – but not all that far behind, in No. 4, was Boston Spa! Yes indeed. Geoffrey Boycott’s move to our town was named […]
  • Brambles – a Bumper Crop (8/1/2018) - Brambles – a Bumper Crop David happened to be running past our favourite bramble-picking location a few days ago (no, I can’t tell you where that is), and lo and behold, they’ve already started – nearly a month earlier than usual.  Not only that, the weather conditions we’ve had are producing a bumper crop:  the […]
  • GDPR / Privacy Policy (5/31/2018) - GDPR / Privacy Policy This is to advise that we do not, and never have, kept a data base of guests who stay with us.  We do not use guests’ e-mail addresses for any sort of marketing, nor do we ever pass them on to third parties.  If you have made a booking with us, […]
  • Wifi Upgrade (4/3/2018) - Wifi Upgrade No photo with this one, just wanted you to know that we’ve done it – we got the experts to give our house WiFi system the boost it needed to function well in each of the guest rooms as well as the Garden Cottage (the other two cottages have their own separate broadband […]
  • New artwork in two of our guest bedrooms (3/23/2018) - New artwork in two of our guest bedrooms We have some new artwork in two of our guest bedrooms – 5 local scenes done in watercolour for us by artist Sally Cutten. We couldn’t be more pleased. Here is a sample.  
  • Winter Wonderland… in March (3/8/2018) - Winter Wonderland… in March   Look what we woke up to. A very photogenic scene first thing this morning, but the air is fairly warm (relatively speaking), and it’s already melting like crazy (at 10.30am). Roads are slushy but in process of getting cleared – should be fine in a few hours, particularly if snow […]
  • Hollywood Comes to Boston Spa (3/7/2018) - Hollywood Comes to Boston Spa Boston Spa is set to be a key location in a new movie called Official Secrets. Reportedly it’s a period drama starring Keira Knightly and Matt Smith, set about 20 years ago (are they trying to make us feel old? Twenty years ago makes it a period drama?) – and […]
  • Connie is 100 Years Old (9/2/2017) - 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 […]
  • Crabapple Tree with Roses (6/27/2017) - 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 […]
  • Happy New Year (12/31/2016) - 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 […]
  • Merry Christmas! (12/21/2016) - 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 […]
  • Log Store: Full! (12/21/2016) - 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.  
  • Better Wifi! (12/3/2016) - 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: […]
  • Six Quince! (10/14/2016) - 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 […]
  • Blue Plaque (2/7/2016) - 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 & […]
  • Congratulations to David (11/27/2015) - 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 […]
  • Walks in Boston Spa (10/18/2015) - 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 […]
  • Electric Car Charging Point (8/14/2015) - 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 […]
  • Wild Orchids in Yorkshire (6/29/2015) - 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.  
  • Express Breakfast (5/26/2015) - 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 […]
  • Open Garden (4/24/2015) - 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 […]
  • Solar Eclipse (3/20/2015) - Solar Eclipse At 9.33 this morning, we had the solar eclipse at 90% – as witnessed by the international group of guests from South Africa and Canada we had staying here. This dramatic shot was taken by one of our guests from our front garden. He was telling us that he’d been fortunate enough to […]
  • Happy New Year (12/30/2014) - Happy New Year Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, prosperous New Year. A little peace on earth would be very nice as well. Here is what must surely be the last rose of the year. I was going to go out and pick it yesterday, but I’m glad I forgot, as it allowed me […]
  • New Birch Trees (12/17/2014) - New Birch Trees The storm was imminent (strong winds were forecast), and David just managed to get the new birch trees into the ground. Four groups of 3 on the corner of the croquet lawn – should make a nice stand of trees. We went for the larger ones, as we’re not so young anymore. […]
  • Christmas… coming soon (12/7/2014) - Christmas… coming soon Well, I’ve made a start. Gave some of the evergreens in the garden a haircut, as well as the ivy in the lane; nicked some of the peppers that David grew in the greenhouse: we have a wreath for the front door. A bit lopsided, but it didn’t cost much (we are, […]
  • Raspberries (12/2/2014) - Raspberries Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, 2 December 2014: look what I just picked in the garden! How can I think about decorating the house for Christmas when there are still raspberries to pick? Well, this is likely to be the last of them… in fact, I found them as I was picking greens for a […]
  • Gold Award (11/8/2014) - Gold Award David has done it again. He entered our garden in the Leeds in Bloom summer competition and won a Gold Award in the “Hotel” category. Thought you might like to see the judge’s comments: “A stunning haven that captures times gone by and inspired your imagination. Well stocked flowering beds with variety and […]
  • Happy Birthday David (11/1/2014) - Happy Birthday David It’s David’s 65th birthday today. With apologies to all the good folks who wanted to stay at Four Gables this weekend… we’ve taken the whole weekend off. Sometimes you have to do these things, especially when you’re 65 years old. But not to worry, we’re not retiring (completely) just yet, though we […]
  • A New Sweep of Daffodils – Soon! (10/24/2014) - A New Sweep of Daffodils – Soon! David worked hard to dig up part of the lawn, so that he could plant a new sweep of daffodils which will come through in the spring. We saw this to good effect in the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland. He lifted the sod and dug down, then planted […]
  • Figs! (8/31/2014) - Figs! A good crop of figs this year – we are picking dozens every day; have had two days when more than 100 fruit came off our tree. When the cold weather hit a couple of weeks ago, we thought they were done with, but then it warmed up again, and they keep on coming. […]
  • Berries from the Garden (8/10/2014) - Berries from the Garden Before July passes into the distant memory, we should mention what we hauled out of the garden this year in terms of soft fruit: 3.5 kg gooseberries 3.5 kg. blackcurrants 4.3 kg red currants 2-3 kg wine berries (and counting) So… plenty to go at in the jam-making department. Tried a […]
  • July So Far (7/25/2014) - July So Far 19 July 2014 Welcome to our blog! July has been quite an eventful month already. 4 July: our first grandchild was born. Annabel Lucia came into this world at 2.30 am – she must have wanted to make sure that there would be fireworks and celebrations all over the US to mark […]
  • Welcome to our Four Gables blog (7/17/2014) - Welcome to our Four Gables blog There’s always something going on at Four Gables B&B and Holiday Cottages. Please visit this blog to find out what’s keeping us busy. Anne and David