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18 hours ago

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Enjoy Carl

Mad as a Hatter! 😂💪❤️

Peep po xx

Enjoy your day

I hope they were clean ones! 😂😂😂

And I pictured you in a red snood x

Box of frogs 🐸 comes to mind 🤣

Go, go, go, where did you get those legs? Wherever it was take them back for a refund, you deserve way better 😘 ..............just kidding, but you know that 😉

Ah wilson even sounds like you bless him.😂stay safe,

Prime position for my friend Wilson!

If you ever want to give mountain biking a try, hit me up, you'd fit in a treat 😉😁

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Dear Diary

Day 7 of Lockdown in the UK - 30th March 2020

Oops, huge oversleep. Sorry I’m later than usual. I was awake half the night and only just woke up again! The coffee is beside me and will soon be coursing through my veins! It takes a while to write this rubbish though so bear with…

I’ll start with a rant. Hold on, I need coffee.

Crime is up. Commercial properties are empty and every one is at home. So the burgling of commercial properties in on the increase! Aaaaaaaaaaagggggh I hate these people! I can never put into words my feelings about these people who can’t find a way to earn money honestly like the rest of us.

One of my closest friends owns a pub and when I spoke to him just before the lockdown, he and his team were emptying it of all the booze and moving it to a secure location. Because of these people. I seriously have no words. Oh hold on, I found one. Scum. That’s me being very restrained.

I have been avoiding the news over the last few days as it’s all a bit depressing. But yesterday I listened to some; Police broke up a karaoke party in Derbyshire consisting of 25 adults and children. In Gloucestershire a health worker had someone cough in the their face deliberately. Someone somewhere else spat at a Police officer. What is wrong with these people?

I also had a little scroll through Facebook whilst I was awake earlier (again, sorry I’m late) which I don’t do very often. There’s so much negativity in terms of people re-posting ‘facts’ and conspiracy theories. It’s no wonder there are so many, as this stuff spreads like wildfire. I was hoping to see something to make me laugh. I didn’t.

Whilst I’m tuned to rant-mode I’ll bring up Trump. I promise I’ll lighten the mood in a minute. As I’ve said I won’t get political on here, it isn’t the right platform. I just want to talk about the human being (?) that is Trump. This would be comedy if it wasn’t so serious.

I’ve looked at a lot of clips of things he is saying and I’m astounded. This isn’t my opinion or anything political, I’m just saying I’ve watched the man in charge of America saying incredible things. Watched his actual lips saying the things. So many things (oh crap, I sound like him!) Have a look on Youtube for yourself. It’s truly frightening and I feel very lucky to be British.

We have got sooooo many idiots as I’ve just pointed out, flouting the rules, with no common sense, but I think I’d rather have our leaders having a go at dealing with this, than the poor people of America have right now. Again, not getting political so please don’t shout at me, but I think things might have been handled a little, err, differently with Mr. Obama in charge. Not saying he’d have it under control, there may simply have been a different approach.

Trump is feeding his people so many misleading comments and horrible remarks directed at journalists and other politicians. I watched him deliver a sarcastic reply in a press conference when he heard about one of his nemeses contracting this virus. I think it was Mick Romney, I could be wrong, but that’s not the issue. He clearly took delight in the fact that someone who opposes him had got it! To me, that is impeachable! I just don’t get it.

His promise that it would all be over by Easter was simply jaw-dropping. Now he’s saying the end of April! He does not know! None of us do. And yet hoards of innocent American sheep will follow him off the cliff. I’ve watched him compare “ratings” for his briefings to other ‘events’!

The US has become the country with the biggest number of confirmed cases of the virus in the world, now ahead of China.

A record number of Americans have filed for unemployment - nearly 3.3 million people, so the president repeated his calls for Americans to return to work as soon as possible. “We have to get back to work, our people want to work” he said. “This is the United States of America, they don’t want to sit around and wait.”�
Anyway, I’m done on Trump for now. Sorry if I raised your blood pressure but I needed to get that off my chest. Oh, and please don’t anybody come back and defend the guy, I won’t get into it with you. He's a very scary man. Just remembered I wrote a song about him on our last album, I might have to share it with you.

So, what did I do yesterday? Errrmmmm, not much! Usually it’s a busy one with changeovers but we just had one healthcare worker and his partner arrive. I see Airbnb are now taking NHS staff in so that’s great.

I was planning to get out with Wilson on the bike but it was very cold and windy! Ok, I know I’ve got my snood now (thanks again for the name Lisa) but I spent most of the morning replying to my diary comments, as well as the tons of comments that the first prototype of my ear-warmers received. In hindsight, two trainer socks on my ears, with an elastic band round my head, did make me look like a Trump-rally attendee. Oh my god, go and watch some of their interviews on Youtube! These are actual human beings. 🤣

I did go to the gym though. I got around to the gym in the afternoon. It takes about 8 seconds to walk there from my front door. I had a really satisfying session, which felt odd as I haven’t been for almost a week now. Going to the actual gym seems like a lifetime ago. As I said yesterday I think, time is very different now. A day feels like a fortnight. Not because it’s dragging, because it isn’t for me just yet. But because a week ago feels like 6 months ago. Do you get what I mean?

After my gym session I felt really tired and I ached all over. I thought for a minute that this was it. I thought I was coming down with it. But a one-hour recovery session on my sofa, with much snoring and gazing at the inside of my eye-lids and I was fine again!

Ok folks, Hedgehog cake. Please let me know, on a scale of Hedgehog cake, how you’re feeling today? This cracked me up. My Daughter Lauren sent it to me yesterday and I just had to share it with you. We had a good chat last night. She’s doing fine in London isolation. For the record, She is one of the Londoners who is staying in her house, not sunbathing in the park, or partying with friends.

So let’s have your Hedgehog cake feelings please……

I came across some great new ads as I listened to the radio yesterday too. My faves were;

Two separate furniture businesses. Yes! I need a new coffee table and I need it now! I don’t care if the NHS will struggle to cope, or if the Police are fighting to get people to stay away from public areas, I need to get out and buy a magazine rack and change my dining chairs! Where will I put all my magazines otherwise, and what will all my friends say this Friday at the dinner party when they are sitting on the old chairs that I’m embarrassed about?!?!?!

And an estate agent. Guaranteed sale in as little as 48 hours! Errrrrrmmm what?!??!

Then a Sock advert. I’m gonna rush out today and buy some though, so I can drive in my all new Vauxhall Corsa to have my teeth whitened with new socks on. We must hang on to what’s important right now and that is socks!

“Dear sock people. I’m ok just now thanks. I had some already and am going out less now so don’t think I’ll need any more for the time being as mine don’t seem to be wearing out. Thanks though. Lots of love, Carl xx”

Then I head an ad for Brut?!?! Is it 1980 again? And with social distancing, I’m not sure this is going to be a huge issue.

Then a “high speed cheese slicer”. Whaaaaat?!?!?! Because we all need to be slicing cheese as quickly as possible don’t we? We simply do not have the time to be slicing it slowly folks. Hurry!!!

I don’t understand how none of these advertisers has yet had the ability to remotely do an ad that says “These are different times aren’t they? We normally want you to rush out and buy our coffee table/ all new Vauxhall Corsa/ high-speed slicer/ deodorant, but for now we will let you know about them so you can buy them later”. Or……. Stop advertising! It’s pointless!

And yes, as I’ve said, I get that schedules are done in advance, but someone somewhere at a radio station is insisting that these continue as planned. I’m guessing that they still have adverts on the telly too but as I’ve explained, I don’t have one. The last ad I saw on telly was for Toffos. “Go get em Floyd”.

What’s the most pointless advert you’ve seen or heard at the mo? Let’s start a list shall we?

My mate Phil is getting better but Gayle is in the middle of it now and not feeling so good. So let’s wish Gayle a speedy recovery. Lots of love Gayley D xxx

Well that’s me done for now I think. Sorry it was a bit ranty today, I don’t feel particularly ranty just now. In mitigation, I think the Trump and advert stuff is more incredulity than ranty isn’t it? Maybe I’ve just got too much time to think? 🤣

Keep following, liking and commenting as it really does cheer me up!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x
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Day 7 of Lockdown in the UK - 30th March 2020

Oops, huge oversleep. Sorry I’m later than usual. I was awake half the night and only just woke up again! The coffee is beside me and will soon be coursing through my veins! It takes a while to write this rubbish though so bear with…

I’ll start with a rant. Hold on, I need coffee. 

Crime is up. Commercial properties are empty and every one is at home. So the burgling of commercial properties in on the increase! Aaaaaaaaaaagggggh I hate these people! I can never put into words my feelings about these people who can’t find a way to earn money honestly like the rest of us. 

One of my closest friends owns a pub and when I spoke to him just before the lockdown, he and his team were emptying it of all the booze and moving it to a secure location. Because of these people. I seriously have no words. Oh hold on, I found one. Scum. That’s me being very restrained.

I have been avoiding the news over the last few days as it’s all a bit depressing. But yesterday I listened to some; Police broke up a karaoke party in Derbyshire consisting of 25 adults and children. In Gloucestershire a health worker had someone cough in the their face deliberately. Someone somewhere else spat at a Police officer. What is wrong with these people?

I also had a little scroll through Facebook whilst I was awake earlier (again, sorry I’m late) which I don’t do very often. There’s so much negativity in terms of people re-posting ‘facts’ and conspiracy theories. It’s no wonder there are so many, as this stuff spreads like wildfire. I was hoping to see something to make me laugh. I didn’t.

Whilst I’m tuned to rant-mode I’ll bring up Trump. I promise I’ll lighten the mood in a minute. As I’ve said I won’t get political on here, it isn’t the right platform. I just want to talk about the human being (?) that is Trump. This would be comedy if it wasn’t so serious. 

I’ve looked at a lot of clips of things he is saying and I’m astounded. This isn’t my opinion or anything political, I’m just saying I’ve watched the man in charge of America saying incredible things. Watched his actual lips saying the things. So many things (oh crap, I sound like him!) Have a look on Youtube for yourself. It’s truly frightening and I feel very lucky to be British. 

We have got sooooo many idiots as I’ve just pointed out, flouting the rules, with no common sense, but I think I’d rather have our leaders having a go at dealing with this, than the poor people of America have right now. Again, not getting political so please don’t shout at me, but I think things might have been handled a little, err, differently with Mr. Obama in charge. Not saying he’d have it under control, there may simply have been a different approach.

Trump is feeding his people so many misleading comments and horrible remarks directed at journalists and other politicians. I watched him deliver a sarcastic reply in a press conference when he heard about one of his nemeses contracting this virus. I think it was Mick Romney, I could be wrong, but that’s not the issue. He clearly took delight in the fact that someone who opposes him had got it! To me, that is impeachable! I just don’t get it. 

His promise that it would all be over by Easter was simply jaw-dropping. Now he’s saying the end of April! He does not know! None of us do. And yet hoards of innocent American sheep will follow him off the cliff. I’ve watched him compare “ratings” for his briefings to other ‘events’!

The US has become the country with the biggest number of confirmed cases of the virus in the world, now ahead of China.

A record number of Americans have filed for unemployment - nearly 3.3 million people, so the president repeated his calls for Americans to return to work as soon as possible. “We have to get back to work, our people want to work” he said. “This is the United States of America, they don’t want to sit around and wait.”�
Anyway, I’m done on Trump for now. Sorry if I raised your blood pressure but I needed to get that off my chest. Oh, and please don’t anybody come back and defend the guy, I won’t get into it with you. Hes a very scary man. Just remembered I wrote a song about him on our last album, I might have to share it with you.

So, what did I do yesterday? Errrmmmm, not much! Usually it’s a busy one with changeovers but we just had one healthcare worker and his partner arrive. I see Airbnb are now taking NHS staff in so that’s great.

I was planning to get out with Wilson on the bike but it was very cold and windy! Ok, I know I’ve got my snood now (thanks again for the name Lisa) but I  spent most of the morning replying to my diary comments, as well as the tons of comments that the first prototype of my ear-warmers received. In hindsight, two trainer socks on my ears, with an elastic band round my head, did make me look like a Trump-rally attendee. Oh my god, go and watch some of their interviews on Youtube! These are actual human beings. 🤣

I did go to the gym though. I got around to the gym in the afternoon. It takes about 8 seconds to walk there from my front door. I had a really satisfying session, which felt odd as I haven’t been for almost a week now. Going to the actual gym seems like a lifetime ago. As I said yesterday I think, time is very different now. A day feels like a fortnight. Not because it’s dragging, because it isn’t for me just yet. But because a week ago feels like 6 months ago. Do you get what I mean?

After my gym session I felt really tired and I ached all over. I thought for a minute that this was it. I thought I was coming down with it. But a one-hour recovery session on my sofa, with much snoring and gazing at the inside of my eye-lids and I was fine again! 

Ok folks, Hedgehog cake. Please let me know, on a scale of Hedgehog cake, how you’re feeling today? This cracked me up. My Daughter Lauren sent it to me yesterday and I just had to share it with you. We had a good chat last night. She’s doing fine in London isolation. For the record, She is one of the Londoners who is staying in her house, not sunbathing in the park, or partying with friends.

So let’s have your Hedgehog cake feelings please……

I came across some great new ads as I listened to the radio yesterday too. My faves were;

Two separate furniture businesses. Yes! I need a new coffee table and I need it now! I don’t care if the NHS will struggle to cope, or if the Police are fighting to get people to stay away from public areas, I need to get out and buy a magazine rack and change my dining chairs! Where will I put all my magazines otherwise, and what will all my friends say this Friday at the dinner party when they are sitting on the old chairs that I’m embarrassed about?!?!?!

And an estate agent. Guaranteed sale in as little as 48 hours! Errrrrrmmm what?!??!

Then a Sock advert. I’m gonna rush out today and buy some though, so I can drive in my all new Vauxhall Corsa to have my teeth whitened with new socks on. We must hang on to what’s important right now and that is socks!

“Dear sock people. I’m ok just now thanks. I had some already and am going out less now so don’t think I’ll need any more for the time being as mine don’t seem to be wearing out. Thanks though. Lots of love, Carl xx”

Then I head an ad for Brut?!?! Is it 1980 again? And with social distancing, I’m not sure this is going to be a huge issue. 

Then a “high speed cheese slicer”. Whaaaaat?!?!?! Because we all need to be slicing cheese as quickly as possible don’t we? We simply do not have the time to be slicing it slowly folks. Hurry!!!

I don’t understand how none of these advertisers has yet had the ability to remotely do an ad that says “These are different times aren’t they? We normally want you to rush out and buy our coffee table/ all new Vauxhall Corsa/ high-speed slicer/ deodorant, but for now we will let you know about them so you can buy them later”. Or……. Stop advertising! It’s pointless! 

And yes, as I’ve said, I get that schedules are done in advance, but someone somewhere at a radio station is insisting that these continue as planned. I’m guessing that they still have adverts on the telly too but as I’ve explained, I don’t have one. The last ad I saw on telly was for Toffos. “Go get em Floyd”.

What’s the most pointless advert you’ve seen or heard at the mo? Let’s start a list shall we?

My mate Phil is getting better but Gayle is in the middle of it now and not feeling so good. So let’s wish Gayle a speedy recovery. Lots of love Gayley D xxx

Well that’s me done for now I think. Sorry it was a bit ranty today, I don’t feel particularly ranty just now. In mitigation, I think the Trump and advert stuff is more incredulity than ranty isn’t it? Maybe I’ve just got too much time to think? 🤣

Keep following, liking and commenting as it really does cheer me up!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x

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I have to disagree with you about the brut advert, you obviously can not remember the day, when that one guy walked into an enclosed space after “splashing all over” and how people suddenly shuffled away from them. Or was the overuse just in Boston? So did the guy in the works social club invent social distancing right here in Boston!

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It’s tough stuff. This will be the end of Trump. Sorry to hear your friend is poorly. Re hedgehogs i think the one that captures the general milieu is 5. We can’t wait to book a break on our favourite barge as soon as we are able. Take care.

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Definitely 1 at the moment

That made me chuckle! Reminds me of the time we had to make an Easter cake for a school competition. Needless to say we didn’t win 🤣 think I’m an 8 today 😆

Deffo number 5...😩.. . What number are you?

As I have not yet rushed out to have my teeth whitened, I think I’ll have to be no 7! 🤣

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Morning Carl Gosh all those hedgehog cakes are a bit scary but i would say no 6 is me. Quite a nothing day yesterday and feeling quite pissed off with my kids - think this is too many people and not being able to get some ‘me’ time Did some hoovering and dusting and took the dog out on a very cold and windy walk. Today I woke up much earlier and feel a bit better but that might be because the kids are still asleep lol. Politically I am suspicious of all of them but am with you on Obama- he seemed to really care about the people Have a good day x

I feel like 7 after my shift!!!

What time do you call this.... 😂 I think all the Hedgehog 🦔 cakes look like Trump 😂🧦👂x

I remember making a hedgehog cake for my son’s birthday when he was 3...30 years ago now😱 it was very cute if I remember😆but these hedgehogs😂got to be number 7, have a good day😊

Always good to get a rant out when you need it. Better out than letting it fester inside. Firstly sending lots of good vibes for Gayle, and second I thought I might comment on something I learnt a few years ago. Yes there are absolute scum out there taking advantage of the situation, there will always be this unfortunately, but there’s also so much good going on. Communities are really coming together. I used to be a Community Fundraising Manager for the rather amazing RNLI, one day on the way home from work I was first on the scene of a traffic accident and later in the week I was visited by the police to give my statement. After it I was chatting to the young police officer and said how much I loved working in the community and he said he hated it. I commented that I saw the best of it and perhaps he saw the worst of it which is why our opinions differed so much and he said yeah that’s it. That’s always stuck with me and really there is so much more good in it and people wanting to make their community better. I always hold onto that. And what you are doing is the wonderful side of it. Keep it up and keep going, we are all in this together. ❤️😊

116 123 I believe that's the number for Samaritans, for anyone that's feeling 5!!! Take care, people xx 😳

Not sure I'm feeling as glamorous as number 4 but definitely feeling as round as number 8...note to self 'must walk the dog!) Here's something else to brighten your day...very clever by the One Ronnie.

I am feeling a bit 3 this morning , must try and stay up later than 8.45 because I am awake at 1, 2,3,4,5 the exhausted when I get up at 8 to walk the dog only to go back to bed with a cup of tea at 9! Love your post , totally agree with you on Trump, I keep asking is he for real only to sadly know that he is . Decided to delete Twitter and instagram as it makes me more miserable but keeping FB as it has some inspiring stuff and can keep in contact with friends far and near , keep posting , love to Wilson , ♥️

Lisa Baker 🤣🦔

Off to work today so probably a 3 xx

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2 days ago

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Diary update!

I mentioned earlier in my diary entry that I was going to trial a new way to keep my ears warm on my bike ride today.

I said I'd put some trainer socks on my ears and keep em in place with an elastic band. Some of you scoffed but who's laughing now? Check these bad boys out!

I feel a Dragon's Den appearance coming on!
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Diary update! 

I mentioned earlier in my diary entry that I was going to trial a new way to keep my ears warm on my bike ride today.

I said Id put some trainer socks on my ears and keep em in place with an elastic band. Some of you scoffed but whos laughing now? Check these bad boys out!

I feel a Dragons Den appearance coming on!

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May cut off the circulation to your brain with the elastic band though!😂

That's a look I'll never get out of my head 🤣

Well the good news is there won’t be many people around to see you & laugh at you 🤪

Look like from Harry Potter

Wilson should have some too😆

Loving the stripy look!!!

There needs to be a video of you riding your bike like this! 🤣

Brings a new meaning to the old term ‘cloth ears’. Try the corona virus boxer short over the head twisted into a mask thing. Please use a clean pair......

You’ll get biker’s flap ... could be very painful.. take cream just in case!!

I fear you may experience a different kind of isolation soon 😂

You’ll get a headache 😂😂😂

I do think you should turn that frown upside down, don't need frown lines and wrinkles do you!!☹😁👌

Ear Ear 👂 xx 😘

Now I am deffo becoming concerned! 🤣🤣

I can see dogs chasing you down just to get those flappy socks - be careful out there 😂 or maybe try a woolly tights wraparound instead... 🤔

What does wilson think? Bet he thinks you're " rocking it " 😊

Stylish plus plus... Way ahead of the curve...

The expression on your face! You could get a part in the terminator 😂

Love it!

Truly stunning... I think I’ll try it.. 😂💕x

Deputy Dawg springs to mind 🤣🤣🤣

Wilson must be upset that there not Wilson sports socks. Be careful he doesn’t roll away in disgust x

Suits you, sir

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Those hedgehogs look like they are stoned 🤪

Ha ha nice one Beryl Owen 🤣😂

Wilson!

2 days ago

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Dear Diary

Day 6 of Lockdown in the UK - 29th March 2020

The main thing I’m starting to notice about days now is that although I work for myself, so in the old days I tended to work every day, there’s usually a differential; something to tell them apart. Friday is always busy, as are Sunday and Monday, as they are our changeover days. The other midweek days tend to get filled up with marketing tasks and meetings, as well as organising or doing maintenance stuff around the Barges & Barns. Or just boring admin. Yes I hate that stuff. I like the fun stuff!

However, Saturday is the day I usually try to take a bit of ‘me time’ and not work much unless I have something pressing, or a deadline. But the days now seem to be melting into one, with little, actually no need, for a schedule. I did have some more of our NHS heroes arrive yesterday, but my usual guest greeting seems to be a thing of the past, replaced by social distancing and talking about how weird the world is now. It’s odd showing someone a barn and telling them to open the door and just explain where things are, rather than picking stuff up, or touching things.

I think today is Sunday. I might Google it soon for something to do. Here’s my to do list for today;

Coffee
Diary
Shave (I still do that every day)
Shower (see above)
Breakfast
Bike ride
Gym (got my own mini-gym now, news on that to follow)
Lunch
Hoover my Barn (well, technically I’ll Harry it)
Dust my Barn
Dinner
Netflix
Sleep

Dotted amongst that will be phone calls to my Mum and Dad (even though my Mum posted on here yesterday “Yes, you do go on a little”!!!!!!!) and friends but that’s about it. Tomorrow will look similar I’d imagine. It’s become the new normal.

Great news!… The other day I posted some of the lyrics to ‘Message in a Bottle’ and guess what happened yesterday? “Walked out this morning, I don't believe what I saw. A hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore”

Well actually it wasn’t a hundred billion bottles, it was a box from Amazon. But that’s just the modern equivalent as the song was written in 1979, and Amazon wasn’t formed for another 15 years. To clarify, I’m not a chronological geek, I had to look the dates up on both! Anyway Ronnie Corbett, stop digressing! The point is that it was a lovely message that made my day. It was a message and a gift as you can see from the photo. A very thoughtful gift that I am going to seriously have to ration! Barry & Lynne are regular guests at the Barns, and readers of my daily drivel, and they just thought it’d keep my spirits up. Well it did, thank you guys! I rang to say thanks and we had a nice chat, leaving my spirits very lifted.

I am actually fine by the way. One of mates called yesterday and asked if I’d had a meltdown as he’d heard about my Diary! That cracked me up. I think it was because I’d admitted to shedding a tear, and telling you very openly what’s going on in my world. I doubt anyone can put their hand up and say they haven’t been upset by what’s going on. If they can, they’re lying or just kidding themselves.

Anyone not ok with my 'sharing', please move along the bus and read some ads for the all new Vauxhall Corsa, or posts about greedy people nicking all the toilet rolls 🤬

I’ve been quite happy to say that this is cathartic, but I’ve also been very pleased that a lot of people are enjoying reading, liking and commenting. Because as a usually very busy, barely got time to stop and smell the flowers kinda chap, it’s allowing me to slow down and analyse. I’m pretty sure that when we come through the other side of this, my little business, as I have said, will once again be very busy and possibly manic for a while as everyone is desperate to get away. But I resolve right here and now to just deal with it all in a timely and ordered fashion, and to take time out. I do solemnly swear that I will work no more than 16 hours a day again. The self-employed will chuckle at that one I hope! 🤣

Anyway Ronnie, back to the lovely chocolates from Barry & Lynne. You’ll notice that they are for Wilson and I. Whilst I am very grateful, I can’t help thinking that Wilson is going to get as much love as me, which I’m obviously miffed about! He’s only been here a few days and he’s getting fan mail! What’s that all about? I’m the one who built the business, not him! Furthermore and to add insult to injury, he’s nicked all the dark chocolate and orange, PLUS the hazelnut pralines! They’re my favourites!

My second favourite thing yesterday was this conversation that was shared with me via WhatsApp. Woodfarm Tech Guru Andrew chatting with his Daughter Issy, aged 8 and a half;

Issy, "What's the music we're listening to?"
Me, "Louis Armstrong"
Issy, "Ah yes, first man on the moon"
Me, "Yup"

Funny how the tiniest little things make us stop and smile now. Normally I’d have been too busy to raise more than a quick smile and move on. But that stayed with me all day and is still with me. Now I seem to have time to consider, ponder and reflect. And that’s a good thing. I’m going to put it on the good things column.

On the bad things column yesterday....

My mate has Coronavirus! We hadn’t spoken for a few days so I rang to see how they were doing. “Not great” was the response! Phil thinks he’s coming out of the other side but Gayle thinks she was on day one. Phil went through severe headaches, then sore throat, then the aching and sweating, as well as a very tight chest. Thankfully he’s fit for an old geezer so seems to have knocked it on the head pretty quickly. Likewise, I’m hoping that Gayle will do the same. She's not an old geezer though! But having your close friends go down with it brings it very close to home, even when they live two counties away. Get well Gayley D xxx

I mentioned going to the gym earlier. Usually the gym is a drive away but now there appears to be one in my garage. Before we went into lockdown I managed to buy a multi-gym, which I only managed to put together yesterday and have a little workout. Actually putting all the weights on it was a workout in itself! So Woodfarm Gyms was born. Logo to follow I’m sure. Membership me. Ok it isn’t a great business model but then nor is my Barges & Barns business at the mo so 🤷‍♂️

After the gym I went for a bike ride, which was very windy and very cold so it didn’t last as long as I’d hoped! Has anyone seen my neck thing that goes over my head so I can pull it up to cover my ears? Can’t find it anywhere! It’s been up Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike with me, but I don’t think it’s going to be going round the lanes of Suffolk. I might see if I can put a trainer sock on each ear and hope they don’t fall off. I'll add a big elastic band to keep em on. That'll be a good look right??

Well I’ve had my two doses of caffeine, and am ready to crack on with the day. My morning coffee ritual is one I have always enjoyed. I grind the beans in my snazzy ‘Wilfa’ grinder on the Mocca setting, then put em in my Bialetti Moka pot, pressing them down with my Italian tamper, before putting the pot on the hob to do its thing. There’s something satisfying about this process for me and the smell is amazing. But. And there’s a serious but folks….

I’m afraid the rubber seal on the Bialetti is starting to perish. I remember the conversation I had with the nice lady in the Bialetti shop in Lucca a couple of years ago when I bought a new pot;

“Would you like to buy a spare seal sir?”

“No, it’s ok, I’m over regularly so I’ll pop in when I need one”

Well I’ve popped in to buy coffee many times since then and not once have I bothered to pick up a new seal for €4! Yeah, this is probably a first world problem isn’t it?

On that note, I’m about done for today I think, but I’ll leave you with one request if I may? One or two of you have started posting photos in your comments. So I’d like you to feel free to post a photo for me please?

We might pick some themes over the coming weeks but for now, how about just sending me a picture from last Summer so we can all look forward to this Summer and hope for now at least, that we have one?

I don’t mind if it’s your dog, your cat, your car because you just cleaned it. It can be a castle you visited, or a selfie on top of a mountain. Let’s just see some Summer pics and we can all have a look through them? I’d like that.

I’ll start proceedings with one of my faves from last Summer. It’s me and my beautiful Daughter Lauren in The Recording Booth; the best recording studio in all the land, when she came up from London for a day to put some backing vocals down for us. She’s my favourite singer in the whole wide world. Admittedly it isn't very Summery, but it was the Summer! xx

I’m stressing now about putting my clocks forward tonight as my schedule will be all over the place if I don’t! I could turn up late to the gym or go for a bike ride at the wrong time. It’s a worry I tell ya!

Keep following, liking and commenting as it cheers me up, and please post those pics!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x
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Day 6 of Lockdown in the UK - 29th March 2020

The main thing I’m starting to notice about days now is that although I work for myself, so in the old days I tended to work every day, there’s usually a differential; something to tell them apart. Friday is always busy, as are Sunday and Monday, as they are our changeover days. The other midweek days tend to get filled up with marketing tasks and meetings, as well as organising or doing maintenance stuff around the Barges & Barns. Or just boring admin. Yes I hate that stuff. I like the fun stuff! 

However, Saturday is the day I usually try to take a bit of ‘me time’ and not work much unless I have something pressing, or a deadline. But the days now seem to be melting into one, with little, actually no need, for a schedule. I did have some more of our NHS heroes arrive yesterday, but my usual guest greeting seems to be a thing of the past, replaced by social distancing and talking about how weird the world is now. It’s odd showing someone a barn and telling them to open the door and just explain where things are, rather than picking stuff up, or touching things.

I think today is Sunday. I might Google it soon for something to do. Here’s my to do list for today;

Coffee
Diary
Shave (I still do that every day)
Shower (see above)
Breakfast
Bike ride
Gym (got my own mini-gym now, news on that to follow)
Lunch
Hoover my Barn (well, technically I’ll Harry it)
Dust my Barn
Dinner
Netflix
Sleep 

Dotted amongst that will be phone calls to my Mum and Dad (even though my Mum posted on here yesterday “Yes, you do go on a little”!!!!!!!) and friends but that’s about it. Tomorrow will look similar I’d imagine. It’s become the new normal.

Great news!… The other day I posted some of the lyrics to ‘Message in a Bottle’ and guess what happened yesterday? “Walked out this morning, I dont believe what I saw. A hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore” 

Well actually it wasn’t a hundred billion bottles, it was a box from Amazon. But that’s just the modern equivalent as the song was written in 1979, and Amazon wasn’t formed for another 15 years. To clarify, I’m not a chronological geek, I had to look the dates up on both! Anyway Ronnie Corbett, stop digressing! The point is that it was a lovely message that made my day. It was a message and a gift as you can see from the photo. A very thoughtful gift that I am going to seriously have to ration! Barry & Lynne are regular guests at the Barns, and readers of my daily drivel, and they just thought it’d keep my spirits up. Well it did, thank you guys! I rang to say thanks and we had a nice chat, leaving my spirits very lifted.

I am actually fine by the way. One of mates called yesterday and asked if I’d had a meltdown as he’d heard about my Diary! That cracked me up. I think it was because I’d admitted to shedding a tear, and telling you very openly what’s going on in my world. I doubt anyone can put their hand up and say they haven’t been upset by what’s going on. If they can, they’re lying or just kidding themselves. 

Anyone not ok with my sharing, please move along the bus and read some ads for the all new Vauxhall Corsa, or posts about greedy people nicking all the toilet rolls 🤬

I’ve been quite happy to say that this is cathartic, but I’ve also been very pleased that a lot of people are enjoying reading, liking and commenting. Because as a usually very busy, barely got time to stop and smell the flowers kinda chap, it’s allowing me to slow down and analyse. I’m pretty sure that when we come through the other side of this, my little business, as I have said, will once again be very busy and possibly manic for a while as everyone is desperate to get away. But I resolve right here and now to just deal with it all in a timely and ordered fashion, and to take time out. I do solemnly swear that I will work no more than 16 hours a day again. The self-employed will chuckle at that one I hope! 🤣

Anyway Ronnie, back to the lovely chocolates from Barry & Lynne. You’ll notice that they are for Wilson and I. Whilst I am very grateful, I can’t help thinking that Wilson is going to get as much love as me, which I’m obviously miffed about! He’s only been here a few days and he’s getting fan mail! What’s that all about? I’m the one who built the business, not him! Furthermore and to add insult to injury, he’s nicked all the dark chocolate and orange, PLUS the hazelnut pralines! They’re my favourites! 

My second favourite thing yesterday was this conversation that was shared with me via WhatsApp. Woodfarm Tech Guru Andrew chatting with his Daughter Issy, aged 8 and a half;

Issy, Whats the music were listening to?
Me, Louis Armstrong
Issy, Ah yes, first man on the moon
Me, Yup

Funny how the tiniest little things make us stop and smile now. Normally I’d have been too busy to raise more than a quick smile and move on. But that stayed with me all day and is still with me. Now I seem to have time to consider, ponder and reflect. And that’s a good thing. I’m going to put it on the good things column.

On the bad things column yesterday....

My mate has Coronavirus! We hadn’t spoken for a few days so I rang to see how they were doing. “Not great” was the response! Phil thinks he’s coming out of the other side but Gayle thinks she was on day one. Phil went through severe headaches, then sore throat, then the aching and sweating, as well as a very tight chest. Thankfully he’s fit for an old geezer so seems to have knocked it on the head pretty quickly. Likewise, I’m hoping that Gayle will do the same. Shes not an old geezer though! But having your close friends go down with it brings it very close to home, even when they live two counties away. Get well Gayley D xxx

I mentioned going to the gym earlier. Usually the gym is a drive away but now there appears to be one in my garage. Before we went into lockdown I managed to buy a multi-gym, which I only managed to put together yesterday and have a little workout. Actually putting all the weights on it was a workout in itself! So Woodfarm Gyms was born. Logo to follow I’m sure. Membership me. Ok it isn’t a great business model but then nor is my Barges & Barns business at the mo so 🤷‍♂️

After the gym I went for a bike ride, which was very windy and very cold so it didn’t last as long as I’d hoped! Has anyone seen my neck thing that goes over my head so I can pull it up to cover my ears? Can’t find it anywhere! It’s been up Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike with me, but I don’t think it’s going to be going round the lanes of Suffolk. I might see if I can put a trainer sock on each ear and hope they don’t fall off. Ill add a big elastic band to keep em on. Thatll be a good look right??

Well I’ve had my two doses of caffeine, and am ready to crack on with the day. My morning coffee ritual is one I have always enjoyed. I grind the beans in my snazzy ‘Wilfa’ grinder on the Mocca setting, then put em in my Bialetti Moka pot, pressing them down with my Italian tamper, before putting the pot on the hob to do its thing. There’s something satisfying about this process for me and the smell is amazing. But. And there’s a serious but folks….

I’m afraid the rubber seal on the Bialetti is starting to perish. I remember the conversation I had with the nice lady in the Bialetti shop in Lucca a couple of years ago when I bought a new pot; 

“Would you like to buy a spare seal sir?”

“No, it’s ok, I’m over regularly so I’ll pop in when I need one”

Well I’ve popped in to buy coffee many times since then and not once have I bothered to pick up a new seal for €4! Yeah, this is probably a first world problem isn’t it?

On that note, I’m about done for today I think, but I’ll leave you with one request if I may? One or two of you have started posting photos in your comments. So I’d like you to feel free to post a photo for me please? 

We might pick some themes over the coming weeks but for now, how about just sending me a picture from last Summer so we can all look forward to this Summer and hope for now at least, that we have one? 

I don’t mind if it’s your dog, your cat, your car because you just cleaned it. It can be a castle you visited, or a selfie on top of a mountain. Let’s just see some Summer pics and we can all have a look through them? I’d like that. 

I’ll start proceedings with one of my faves from last Summer. It’s me and my beautiful Daughter Lauren in The Recording Booth; the best recording studio in all the land, when she came up from London for a day to put some backing vocals down for us. She’s my favourite singer in the whole wide world. Admittedly it isnt very Summery, but it was the Summer! xx

I’m stressing now about putting my clocks forward tonight as my schedule will be all over the place if I don’t! I could turn up late to the gym or go for a bike ride at the wrong time. It’s a worry I tell ya!

Keep following, liking and commenting as it cheers me up, and please post those pics!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x

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Hubby and me at a wedding in Enniskillen last summer 🌞

Last summer, I eventually moved into my new house. One sunny Sunday, I was sitting in my lounge when music began drifting through the window so I looked out and over in the park opposite there was a brass band concert! So over we trotted and spent an happy hour just sitting on the grass listening and relaxing. 🐾 🎶 😊

Lovely posts, keep on writing ✍️🙂. Sounds like you’re keeping pretty busy to me! I’m day four into Coronavirus and although I don’t have a temperature I have a very painful cough and nasty muscle aches 😟 Relying on my two boys to look after me and make me cups of tea!

Ooooohh share, share, love Lindt choccies 😄

Last summer on the beach at Camber sands, how I wish I could go to a beach right now and escape this madness, talking of crying I think I've cried after or during every shift I've done at work 😥 it's just awful. Maybe the one thing to come out of this you will set aside more you time, keep posting and rambling it lightens the day x

Sunset at the Ramsholt Arms after dinner with friends. Love the ramblings 🤣😂🤣.

Now Carl - if you want to add a yoga session to your routine (obviously only if you have time !) then I c as n send you one of my online classes I have just made. Hilarious filming ! 🤣

Not a particularly sunny day but a lovely day nonetheless at Kentwell Hall. It was a mindfulness and meditation day,coming in handy right now! You’re day sounds similar to mine apart from the shave!😉

I think you can get a spare seal on eBay, phew panic over 😂 This has become a tradition on our way home from Woodfarm Barns. We stop at Beaconsfield services and the dogs share an ice cream cone 🥰

I chose these 3 of last summer and the summer before, because they are at music festivals where I feel alive and which we look forward to so much. Who knows If they will go ahead this year 😥. I bleeding hope so!

West Wittering beach hut. Plus Winnie! Happy days! Keep safe and keep rambling xx

My Mabel during the heat wave !

Last summer James and I got married in Florida! It seems so long ago now, we are hoping to have our honeymoon there in May, but that seems unlikely now😢BUT, I’m ok with that now. As long as all my family and friends and our favourite businesses (Woodfarm etc) get through this safe and sound does it really matter when we get there!... stay safe everybody, we’ll come out stronger and maybe even with a feeling of how lucky we are xx

My gorgeous granddaughters on the beach last summer - fingers crossed we get to go away together again before the year is out 🤞🤞

I for one appreciate this sharing. It has helped me understand, that although life has changed for us all, for some the change is so much more drastic. I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home. While it’s not the same, there is structure to days & I‘m discovering the delights of Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.... ! Take care, keep sharing & if someone doesn’t like it, they can just scroll on 😊

Ps and our dog is living his best life at the mo! His pack are all home ☺️

Sox the kitten just hanging last summer! Stay safe Carl and crew, keep up the Facebook blogs, loving reading them daily 💕💕. Hope to see you again soon x

At the pub with my best friend for nice lunch in the sun xx

Last year's holiday at Lopud Island, best holiday ever. Snorkeling around the caves x Stay Safe

Good morning guys.... Loved your diary this morning... However... Feeling concerned that you may have already gone a little mad... You say you must remember to put your clocks forward tonight?? Well C. Scott... Hate to be the one to break it to you but... That was last night!! 😂😂😂 Ah well... C'est la vie... We are all going a little crazy spending all this time in our own company. Have a great day guys and extra special love to Wilson. ❤️😉

Last summer having a nice walk with Juno’s brother and nephew in one of Ascot’s lovely parks, followed by fizz and a bbq!

Morning! It's very windy down south too! I saw this and thought instantly of your plight...photos required if you manage it 🤣🤣🤣 www.facebook.com/1529858022/posts/10222224284745950/ Summer pic to follow. Have a good day and big kiss for Wilson 😘

Happy Sunday! Trying not to think that is the end of week one of the new normal so focusing on trialing an online Pilates class this morning with a couple of victims.. sorry volunteers and then on to Sunday lunch and a walk with the dog!

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One of my favourite songs from my yoof, brilliantly re-worked

Pass it on if you wanna

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I know the situation is not funny but that song is being sung everywhere, our village reminds me of Stephen Kings The Stand, the only thing moving is a crow on a telegraph pole 👿

I love all these remakes. My mum and dad belong to a tai chi group and they set up a whatsapp group to keep in touch as they have started a 50 day challenge! Unfortunately one of members felt the jokes, memes, videos were inappropriate given the severity of the current situation. As all the rest of them said (most of them are more mature people) a sense of humour is what got them through the war!!!

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Dear Diary

Day 5 of Lockdown in the UK - 28th March 2020

Well here’s a couple of things I’d almost forgotten about:

Firstly, we did a poll on here just over a week ago, when it hadn’t really hit home to us quite yet. Is it just me or does a week ago feel like a distant memory? I don’t quite know how to express it but you know when you’re trying to remember something you did 3 years ago but it’s kinda hazy and you can’t quite process all the bits? Well that’s how I feel about a week ago!

Anyhoo, the poll. I did it, as I said on there, to “retain the amazing Woodfarm sense of community that you gorgeous people have created on here”. Well in that week, the rationale for the poll seems to have gone out of the window but the result was resounding. I wanted to know what you wanted to hear about. But that was before my posts turned into rambling and waffling, and then morphed into this sort of diary thing. I’m really chuffed that this is helping so many people, me included!

So to the voting; 11% wanted Suffolk info and news, and 89% wanted daft posts & shenanigans. I guess this ‘diary thingy’ comes under the latter heading? In the olden days B.C (that’s Before Corona) I would often post funny stuff I’d seen online, or come up with my own attempts at being funny. My sense of humour is still inside me but it’s struggling to come out much at the mo. Also, I don’t want to be insensitive. These are really tough times so hopefully between us we will strike the balance between the brevity of what’s going on, and keeping our spirits up?

I promise I’ll get round to more daft stuff, but I don’t think any of us are in a hurry are we?

We did that poll, not to ‘sell’ to you, as I hate overtly doing that, but we do like to share stuff about our wonderful county, so we’ll keep doing that a bit too from time to time. It’s interesting that the results of the poll reflect to sort of ratio that we have always posted anyway, which is comforting.

Actually, I did see something unrelated to COVID-19 yesterday that made me laugh, so I’ll share that with you too now and make it the photo for today. You’ll see the picture attached of a “Thorough-bread Dog”. Yes I know, little things, please little minds.

So many of you have said that you will come and stay when this is over, which is wonderful to read. That’s not why I’m doing this and you know that. But to me, the demonstration of human kindness and the spirit that refuses to be broken, is phenomenal. I have had so many comments that show support for my business and the desire to come and try our Barges & Barns out once we get through this. Thank you. I cannot actually express how that makes me feel. I’m not good enough with words to convey what reading your words does to me.

I know we will come through this as a business, and I have a feeling that we are gonna be busy. With my incredible team I have built a really good business and we have got busier and busier over the years, turning away so many enquiries because we don’t have the capacity. And that was always rewarding. Frustrating but rewarding. Now you know as well as I do that once this is over, we are all going to want to race back to our brilliant pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, farm shops and deli’s etc.

We will also as a nation want to get the hell away from our houses for a few days. So I know we are going to be flat out. And I know we will start to recoup some of our losses. So that’s what keeps me going. But the icing on the cake for me is that I seem to have made so many new friends on here, that I know there are going to be people coming to see us who we’ve built a bond with during this time. And that’s wonderful. Thank you. I know you’re only going to come to meet Wilson though!

Moving on… It’s weird working for nothing. To be honest I’m now not doing much actual work as I’ve dealt with most of the admin and processing for moving bookings etc. There’s just a little bit to do each day now. I find myself adjusting, as indeed we all are. Usually I try to focus every day on what makes money. But that’s stopped now as I can’t make any money. Now I’m working on how to lose as little money as possible.

I have had some great years with my business and have done ok. It’s been 11 years in May and I reckon I’ll make the same amount this May as I did in May 2009, probably less! 🤣

I’ve worked hard, found a fabulous team, built a business with a great reputation, hundreds of Five Star reviews, Gold Awards coming out of our ears, blah blah blah. But it’s all changed now for all of us. None of that matters at the mo. Except my team, who are all still fabulous and we are supporting each other now via WhatsApp and phone calls.

It’s all shifted. From this weekend we will be occupied by NHS staff, again for whom, I am utterly lost for words. Just amazing people cracking on to reduce the effects of this horrible situation for as many people as they can. We all clapped for them on Thursday night and I reckon we will be doing more to show our appreciation as the days as weeks tick by.

And then I have my new job as Deli Deli-very Boy. I only do the Deli-very pun as Michelle cringes at my puns. I’d rather go and help someone who is working flat out for their community, than to work in my own business and not make any money. My business is not currently relevant. It isn’t one of this essentials. But it will be again one day. It is what it is for now.

Ok, I’m actually not going to rant at all today. I had made a note to have a rant at a particular bank who have said something to a guest, which wound me up massively yesterday (the bank, not the guest). I remain disgusted at the way the banks and the insurance companies are throwing the ticking time-bomb of debt at their customers and all the small businesses. But for today at least I will rise above it. I’ll probably name em tomorrow. And slate them. And tell you I’m going to close my accounts. But not today.

Crikey, don’t I go on?!?!? 🤦‍♂️

I said right up the top there that there were a couple of things I’d almost forgotten about and I’ve gone all over the place. I’m worse than Ronnie Corbett. For anyone under 50, don’t worry about that reference, you’re not supposed to get it.

So the second thing….

Weeks and weeks ago we launched an Easter Egg Hunt! We came up with this fab idea to put Easter Eggs dotted around out Barges & Barns on our virtual tours, each revealing a letter, which in turn spells out a pertinent phrase to us. You then enter by telling us the phrase and we pick a winner just after Easter. We did it to increase our database and to let you have a look around all of our places. We did this so you might say “Oooh, this looks nice, let’s book a break”.

I’ve always believed in marketing very openly and honestly as many of you know. I’ve nothing to hide. So yes we have some fabulous prizes for one lucky winner and that will still go ahead. There’s a posh, mouth-watering Chocolate selection from Earsham Street Delicatessen, where I’m now a Deli-very boy (you should see the Egg puns!!!!), plus a fab range of Dog treats from Doodledales, and a whole bunch of Woodfarm branded merchandise.

But ya know what? To be honest I really don’t care right now about building our database. Really, I don’t. We will get back to that after all this but right now it just leaves me feeling flat. Because it’s marketing and I just don’t want to do any of at the mo, even if other people are (see previous mentions for the all new Vauxhall Corsa and White Teeth)

But…. the Easter Egg Hunt is still happening and to be honest, you’ve got time now. So if you want to win some lovely things, go and have a go. If not I will eat it all. Including the dog treats! Not really. Lots of people have entered so we’ll be able to pick a winner. But here’s my sales pitch if you haven’t entered and you’ve got time on your hands;

“If you’re bored, do our Easter Egg Hunt. You could win some good stuff. If you want to. I don’t mind. There’s a Blog Post on Woodfarm Barns with it on. It’s the third Blog down”

Anyway, I’m done for now, I don’t want to bore you. Plus, I need more caffeine and then a bike ride!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and I’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x
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Dear Diary

Day 5 of Lockdown in the UK - 28th March 2020

Well here’s a couple of things I’d almost forgotten about:

Firstly, we did a poll on here just over a week ago, when it hadn’t really hit home to us quite yet. Is it just me or does a week ago feel like a distant memory? I don’t quite know how to express it but you know when you’re trying to remember something you did 3 years ago but it’s kinda hazy and you can’t quite process all the bits? Well that’s how I feel about a week ago!

Anyhoo, the poll. I did it, as I said on there, to “retain the amazing Woodfarm sense of community that you gorgeous people have created on here”. Well in that week, the rationale for the poll seems to have gone out of the window but the result was resounding. I wanted to know what you wanted to hear about. But that was before my posts turned into rambling and waffling, and then morphed into this sort of diary thing. I’m really chuffed that this is helping so many people, me included!

So to the voting; 11% wanted Suffolk info and news, and 89% wanted daft posts & shenanigans. I guess this ‘diary thingy’ comes under the latter heading? In the olden days B.C (that’s Before Corona) I would often post funny stuff I’d seen online, or come up with my own attempts at being funny. My sense of humour is still inside me but it’s struggling to come out much at the mo. Also, I don’t want to be insensitive. These are really tough times so hopefully between us we will strike the balance between the brevity of what’s going on, and keeping our spirits up?

I promise I’ll get round to more daft stuff, but I don’t think any of us are in a hurry are we?

We did that poll, not to ‘sell’ to you, as I hate overtly doing that, but we do like to share stuff about our wonderful county, so we’ll keep doing that a bit too from time to time. It’s interesting that the results of the poll reflect to sort of ratio that we have always posted anyway, which is comforting.

Actually, I did see something unrelated to COVID-19 yesterday that made me laugh, so I’ll share that with you too now and make it the photo for today. You’ll see the picture attached of a “Thorough-bread Dog”. Yes I know, little things, please little minds.

So many of you have said that you will come and stay when this is over, which is wonderful to read. That’s not why I’m doing this and you know that. But to me, the demonstration of human kindness and the spirit that refuses to be broken, is phenomenal. I have had so many comments that show support for my business and the desire to come and try our Barges & Barns out once we get through this. Thank you. I cannot actually express how that makes me feel. I’m not good enough with words to convey what reading your words does to me. 

I know we will come through this as a business, and I have a feeling that we are gonna be busy. With my incredible team I have built a really good business and we have got busier and busier over the years, turning away so many enquiries because we don’t have the capacity. And that was always rewarding. Frustrating but rewarding. Now you know as well as I do that once this is over, we are all going to want to race back to our brilliant pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, farm shops and deli’s etc. 

We will also as a nation want to get the hell away from our houses for a few days. So I know we are going to be flat out. And I know we will start to recoup some of our losses. So that’s what keeps me going. But the icing on the cake for me is that I seem to have made so many new friends on here, that I know there are going to be people coming to see us who we’ve built a bond with during this time. And that’s wonderful. Thank you. I know you’re only going to come to meet Wilson though! 

Moving on… It’s weird working for nothing. To be honest I’m now not doing much actual work as I’ve dealt with most of the admin and processing for moving bookings etc. There’s just a little bit to do each day now. I find myself adjusting, as indeed we all are. Usually I try to focus every day on what makes money. But that’s stopped now as I can’t make any money. Now I’m working on how to lose as little money as possible. 

I have had some great years with my business and have done ok. It’s been 11 years in May and I reckon I’ll make the same amount this May as I did in May 2009, probably less! 🤣

I’ve worked hard, found a fabulous team, built a business with a great reputation, hundreds of Five Star reviews, Gold Awards coming out of our ears, blah blah blah. But it’s all changed now for all of us. None of that matters at the mo. Except my team, who are all still fabulous and we are supporting each other now via WhatsApp and phone calls.

It’s all shifted. From this weekend we will be occupied by NHS staff, again for whom, I am utterly lost for words. Just amazing people cracking on to reduce the effects of this horrible situation for as many people as they can. We all clapped for them on Thursday night and I reckon we will be doing more to show our appreciation as the days as weeks tick by.

And then I have my new job as Deli Deli-very Boy. I only do the Deli-very pun as Michelle cringes at my puns. I’d rather go and help someone who is working flat out for their community, than to work in my own business and not make any money. My business is not currently relevant. It isn’t one of this essentials. But it will be again one day. It is what it is for now.

Ok, I’m actually not going to rant at all today. I had made a note to have a rant at a particular bank who have said something to a guest, which wound me up massively yesterday (the bank, not the guest). I remain disgusted at the way the banks and the insurance companies are throwing the ticking time-bomb of debt at their customers and all the small businesses. But for today at least I will rise above it. I’ll probably name em tomorrow. And slate them. And tell you I’m going to close my accounts. But not today.

Crikey, don’t I go on?!?!? 🤦‍♂️ 

I said right up the top there that there were a couple of things I’d almost forgotten about and I’ve gone all over the place. I’m worse than Ronnie Corbett. For anyone under 50, don’t worry about that reference, you’re not supposed to get it.

So the second thing…. 

Weeks and weeks ago we launched an Easter Egg Hunt! We came up with this fab idea to put Easter Eggs dotted around out Barges & Barns on our virtual tours, each revealing a letter, which in turn spells out a pertinent phrase to us. You then enter by telling us the phrase and we pick a winner just after Easter. We did it to increase our database and to let you have a look around all of our places. We did this so you might say “Oooh, this looks nice, let’s book a break”. 

I’ve always believed in marketing very openly and honestly as many of you know. I’ve nothing to hide. So yes we have some fabulous prizes for one lucky winner and that will still go ahead. There’s a posh, mouth-watering Chocolate selection from Earsham Street Delicatessen, where I’m now a Deli-very boy (you should see the Egg puns!!!!), plus a fab range of Dog treats from Doodledales, and a whole bunch of Woodfarm branded merchandise. 

But ya know what? To be honest I really don’t care right now about building our database. Really, I don’t. We will get back to that after all this but right now it just leaves me feeling flat. Because it’s marketing and I just don’t want to do any of at the mo, even if other people are (see previous mentions for the all new Vauxhall Corsa and White Teeth) 

But…. the Easter Egg Hunt is still happening and to be honest, you’ve got time now. So if you want to win some lovely things, go and have a go. If not I will eat it all. Including the dog treats! Not really. Lots of people have entered so we’ll be able to pick a winner. But here’s my sales pitch if you haven’t entered and you’ve got time on your hands;

“If you’re bored, do our Easter Egg Hunt. You could win some good stuff. If you want to. I don’t mind. There’s a Blog Post on Woodfarm Barns with it on. It’s the third Blog down”

Anyway, I’m done for now, I don’t want to bore you. Plus, I need more caffeine and then a bike ride!

From Wilson and me, have a good day and I’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x

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Ha ha ha, this lockdown is definitely getting to you now 😂😂😂

Brill! Love it! 😢

Good job you can write because if you had to rant out loud you would surely need some oxygen !😜

Keep em coming x

I think actually I requested to see more of your cleaning toilets and unblocking drains, and I’m sure I wasn’t alone... keep smiling deli deli belly boy x

It’s not all bad Carl - the nations dogs are happy their families are with them 24/7 . x

This post has made me laugh this morning . While cuddled up to my little dog🐶 keep smiling x

Lissa Woodward is this stunning place near you guys??

Haha love this Fiona Chalk😂

Thanks Carl....love reading your words - the photo has made laugh out loud, as it will for many folks....keep up, your good work! Enjoy your coffee & bike ride xx

I love reading your diary, far better than looking at the news. I like the idea of BC as well.

We were about to book before all this happened. Even managed to get OH to finally find holiday dates that matched what I could take. Looking forward to booking ... at some point. 😊

Lovely to see Wilson x we had to say goodbye to our black lab on Monday x which seems like months ago now xx love and hugs xx

Keep Smiling. 😊

Blimey thats a reminder right there of Easter and now I wonder how to get Eggs for the kids 🙈 the little things you forget when in isolation. Its also weird how you forget its even Easter, hasn’t really crossed my mind! We have a whole easter weekend coming up to enjoy more time ‘inside’ what fun 🙄. And then the Easter Holidays where the kids do not have to be home schooled and therefore have nothing to do apart from bicker and fight 😬 what more fun. Times like this need silly status’s and Wilsons. So keep em coming 🤗🤗 and the picture!! I love that and will raise you this...

Love it, everything you say about your beautiful area is pushing it up the list of places me and my little tribe are coming to visit(just me, the lean mean mint green flying machine and the bestie). Sending love to you, the wonderful NHS staff that have a place to lay their weary heads, and of course Wilson. Gearing myself up to wash and clean the flying machine today, something I’m not used to doing as our lovely car wash usually looks after it. Wish me luck, I’ve a feeling I’m gonna end up covered in suds and soaking. 😂❤️ x

Good morning Suffolk! Will check out the Easter Egg Hunt thanks, even though I don’t like chocolate but Buddy would love the doggy treats! I may have to venture out to the shops today as it’s impossible to get an online delivery slot with any supermarket and the elderly in laws need a Warburton’s Danish. 😕So wish me luck!

Love reading your 'stuff' every day.....keep it going!👍 It would be wonderful to see some old photos of it all coming together many years ago....we were so lucky to have got a visit in early March with you there- and hope we can return when we've booked later on in the year🤞 Keep well😊

Good morning! Here is something to bring a smile 😊

Hello Denise believe me I still look on you as a young maiden,it's your man that's aged,stay safe

Your posts are one of the highlights of my day. Huge respect for your positivity and honesty.

Love reading your diary. It’s definitely getting to you. We will be coming back to see you promise... not Wilson ( well maybe Wilson as well ) 🤪 AND the Hot Tub . Xx Reunited 😊😊

Saw this that made me smile. Hope it makes you smile too

Could you toast this for me please , waste not want not lol 🐺🐾👍

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4 days ago

Woodfarm Barns

Dear Diary

Day 4 of Lockdown in the UK - 27th March 2020

Her: “You know what I’m going to say don’t you?”
Me: “No, what?”

That was what happened in my dream just as I was waking earlier!!!! I have no idea who she was, what she looked like, or what was going on! Ya know when you try to get back to sleep so you can carry on with the dream? Yeah that! Anyway, we’ll never know!

Well I was clapping out of my window last night for our amazing NHS staff around the UK, were you? The only problem is that my window faces my garden and the nearest neighbours are quarter of a mile away so nobody heard us. We were there in spirit though, Wilson and I. To be fair it was just me as Wilson doesn’t have any arms and I didn’t make him any in time.

As you can see, Wilson and I had a great bike ride from the Barns first thing yesterday morning. He does seem to have this habit of photo-bombing though every time I try to take a pic of the scenery around us for you though.

Once that was done I headed off to deliver food to some older folk and those in self-isolation. Ya know the other day I said about all of those independent businesses around here and around where you live, that are coming up with creative ways to adapt what they normally do to serve their communities better?

Well our amazing friends at Earsham Street Delicatessen have been working really hard, and really creatively to help the people around them. They limited the numbers coming in first of all, and then did accompanied shopping so customers didn’t have to touch anything. And now they are closed completely except for per-ordered collections at the door, and delivering to those who can’t get in. We have worked with the Deli for years, getting their wonderful products to our guests and they have always looked after us. So I went to do my bit to help them as they are all working flat out.

I spent the day doing ‘contactless deliveries’ to some wonderful people in and around Bungay. I went out with eggs, bread, milk, cheese, meats etc. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the way the Deli have adapted and how organised they are, to enable them to get this food out to people who need it. I had four rounds, all typed up with addresses, post codes and phone numbers, and all the produce was bagged or boxed with names on. Ahead of each drop I called to say I was there and to ask where they would like their goodies.

I had so many lovely waves through windows, or at 20 paces. They were all so grateful to the girls at the Deli. This may sound like a simple process but any of you who have ever been involved in any form of logistics will know that it ain’t that easy. And any of you who have ever had a delivery of anything (that’s all of us) will know that things can go wrong. But this was clockwork.

So hats off to Michelle and her team, and every single business like hers in your area, who is adapting daily to make sure you’re ok.

And besides that, I got to see some incredible houses and beautiful countryside.

During my deliveries I had a phone call from my electrician, Warren. I call him my electrician as that’s ‘what’ he is and has been for many, many years, on many, many properties that I’ve renovated or built. But ‘who’ Warren is, is a friend who I always have a laugh with and correct the world when we think it’s gone off course. I know his family well too. He also owes me a fortune as he is the bloke who go the into boats!

Do you know why Warren rang? Just to see if I was ok. Now I’ve always known him as a nice guy, but to hear a normally tough exteriored, alpha-male say “It’s all really hard right now and we just wanted to make sure you were alright” was another sign of the ‘new normal’. We had a good heart to heart and vowed to be there for each other. Now I’m sure you all have your own Warren and I’m sure you are a Warren too. And that’s one of the nice things that we are all seeing right now. Please be more Warren.

I also missed two other calls that I need to tell you about. I missed them because I was doing a drop and chatting through a window to someone. I’m glad I missed the calls and they went to voicemail though, because afterwards I was fuming! I got back to the Deli and was still fuming! The first one was a younger sounding lady who asked about a Barn from this weekend. Thinking she might have been an NHS worker I called her back. No she was not. She was simply looking to go away for the weekend?!?!?!?! All I said to her was “What?”, and “Seriously?”.

The next message was an older sounding lady who was enquiring about Woodfarm House for a week! I didn’t ring her back. I figured that was the least unprofessional route to go down. I just cannot believe that there are people out there who still don’t get this!!!!

What really upset me was that I would never turn a booking down if I can help it. Right now I need bookings more than I ever have. I need people and I need money. But I can’t take those just now. I’ll have to wait like everybody else. My business is on hold. We have pressed the pause button on tourism. Yet people still think they can carry on regardless! It was, and still is, a weird situation for me to be in to have to turn business away. Yet your common sense kicks in doesn’t it? Doesn’t it??

Warren told me a story of a colleague who is a gas engineer that had a callout the day before, only to find a dozen people in a garden drinking and smoking, with the BBQ on the go! What the actual?!?!?!?

Another sign of our current times is that if I’m out for the day I take my laptop with me. Normally I check my emails a hundred times a day as I like to respond immediately to enquiries. People often comment on how promptly I reply. But now everything has changed right? Nothing is urgent with my business now. I took my laptop to check things between drops, but I just wasn’t in the mood. So I left it until I got home. Normally if I did that I would have an hour or two of stuff to wade through. I had six emails. One was another enquiry for the weekend! Deleted. Two were ‘sales emails’. Deleted. And the others were responses from guests, sorting out their cancellations.

One of those cancellations was a Barge booking. The guests insurance company are not providing refunds solely “on the grounds of the government restricting travel” Whaaaaaat?!?!?!?! They are only going to restrict travel if there is a good reason! Time for a shake up of the insurance industry once this is all over? Oh I think so. I really hope that once the dust has settled and people have their compensation from the Government, that the insurance industry is pulled apart and MADE to cover things like this. They can’t have it ALL, right?

Anyway, I’m done for now. I’ve offloaded some nice stuff and I’ve had my little rant so I’m ready for my bike now.

Please keep liking and commenting, as it’d be nice to continue or grow this little community we seem to have organically started. Maybe share it with some friends who might want to be involved too? Let’s keep this line of communication open and talk to each other?

Maybe people want to say hi to someone else on here who has commented? That’s ok. Just do it! Pick another person’s comment when there are a few and just say hi. Just to let us all know that we are not alone and there are some awesome flippin people out there.

So please comment and let me know what you think of my ramblings, as I want to know that it’s helping not only me, but you as well. I will respond to everyone, I promise. Sorry though if you reply to my comment and I don’t reply back. There have been a lot of them and Facebook doesn’t make it easy to see all the replies. Feel free to nudge me!

Anyway, from Wilson and me, have a good day and I’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x
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Dear Diary

Day 4 of Lockdown in the UK - 27th March 2020

Her: “You know what I’m going to say don’t you?”
Me: “No, what?”

That was what happened in my dream just as I was waking earlier!!!! I have no idea who she was, what she looked like, or what was going on! Ya know when you try to get back to sleep so you can carry on with the dream? Yeah that! Anyway, we’ll never know!

Well I was clapping out of my window last night for our amazing NHS staff around the UK, were you? The only problem is that my window faces my garden and the nearest neighbours are quarter of a mile away so nobody heard us. We were there in spirit though, Wilson and I. To be fair it was just me as Wilson doesn’t have any arms and I didn’t make him any in time.

As you can see, Wilson and I had a great bike ride from the Barns first thing yesterday morning. He does seem to have this habit of photo-bombing though every time I try to take a pic of the scenery around us for you though.

Once that was done I headed off to deliver food to some older folk and those in self-isolation. Ya know the other day I said about all of those independent businesses around here and around where you live, that are coming up with creative ways to adapt what they normally do to serve their communities better? 

Well our amazing friends at Earsham Street Delicatessen have been working really hard, and really creatively to help the people around them. They limited the numbers coming in first of all, and then did accompanied shopping so customers didn’t have to touch anything. And now they are closed completely except for per-ordered collections at the door, and delivering to those who can’t get in. We have worked with the Deli for years, getting their wonderful products to our guests and they have always looked after us. So I went to do my bit to help them as they are all working flat out.

I spent the day doing ‘contactless deliveries’ to some wonderful people in and around Bungay. I went out with eggs, bread, milk, cheese, meats etc. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the way the Deli have adapted and how organised they are, to enable them to get this food out to people who need it. I had four rounds, all typed up with addresses, post codes and phone numbers, and all the produce was bagged or boxed with names on. Ahead of each drop I called to say I was there and to ask where they would like their goodies. 

I had so many lovely waves through windows, or at 20 paces. They were all so grateful to the girls at the Deli. This may sound like a simple process but any of you who have ever been involved in any form of logistics will know that it ain’t that easy. And any of you who have ever had a delivery of anything (that’s all of us) will know that things can go wrong. But this was clockwork. 

So hats off to Michelle and her team, and every single business like hers in your area, who is adapting daily to make sure you’re ok.

And besides that, I got to see some incredible houses and beautiful countryside.

During my deliveries I had a phone call from my electrician, Warren. I call him my electrician as that’s ‘what’ he is and has been for many, many years, on many, many properties that I’ve renovated or built. But ‘who’ Warren is, is a friend who I always have a laugh with and correct the world when we think it’s gone off course. I know his family well too. He also owes me a fortune as he is the bloke who go the into boats! 

Do you know why Warren rang? Just to see if I was ok. Now I’ve always known him as a nice guy, but to hear a normally tough exteriored, alpha-male say “It’s all really hard right now and we just wanted to make sure you were alright” was another sign of the ‘new normal’. We had a good heart to heart and vowed to be there for each other. Now I’m sure you all have your own Warren and I’m sure you are a Warren too. And that’s one of the nice things that we are all seeing right now. Please be more Warren.

I also missed two other calls that I need to tell you about. I missed them because I was doing a drop and chatting through a window to someone. I’m glad I missed the calls and they went to voicemail though, because afterwards I was fuming! I got back to the Deli and was still fuming! The first one was a younger sounding lady who asked about a Barn from this weekend. Thinking she might have been an NHS worker I called her back. No she was not. She was simply looking to go away for the weekend?!?!?!?! All I said to her was “What?”, and “Seriously?”. 

The next message was an older sounding lady who was enquiring about Woodfarm House for a week! I didn’t ring her back. I figured that was the  least unprofessional route to go down. I just cannot believe that there are people out there who still don’t get this!!!!

What really upset me was that I would never turn a booking down if I can help it. Right now I need bookings more than I ever have. I need people and I need money. But I can’t take those just now. I’ll have to wait like everybody else. My business is on hold. We have pressed the pause button on tourism. Yet people still think they can carry on regardless! It was, and still is, a weird situation for me to be in to have to turn business away. Yet your common sense kicks in doesn’t it? Doesn’t it??

Warren told me a story of a colleague who is a gas engineer that had a callout the day before, only to find a dozen people in a garden drinking and smoking, with the BBQ on the go! What the actual?!?!?!?

Another sign of our current times is that if I’m out for the day I take my laptop with me. Normally I check my emails a hundred times a day as I like to respond immediately to enquiries. People often comment on how promptly I reply. But now everything has changed right? Nothing is urgent with my business now. I took my laptop to check things between drops, but I just wasn’t in the mood. So I left it until I got home. Normally if I did that I would have an hour or two of stuff to wade through. I had six emails. One was another enquiry for the weekend! Deleted. Two were ‘sales emails’. Deleted. And the others were responses from guests, sorting out their cancellations. 

One of those cancellations was a Barge booking. The guests insurance company are not providing refunds solely “on the grounds of the government restricting travel” Whaaaaaat?!?!?!?! They are only going to restrict travel if there is a good reason! Time for a shake up of the insurance industry once this is all over? Oh I think so. I really hope that once the dust has settled  and people have their compensation from the Government, that the insurance industry is pulled apart and MADE to cover things like this. They can’t have it ALL, right?

Anyway, I’m done for now. I’ve offloaded some nice stuff and I’ve had my little rant so I’m ready for my bike now.

Please keep liking and commenting, as it’d be nice to continue or grow this little community we seem to have organically started. Maybe share it with some friends who might want to be involved too? Let’s keep this line of communication open and talk to each other?

Maybe people want to say hi to someone else on here who has commented? That’s ok. Just do it! Pick another person’s comment when there are a few and just say hi. Just to let us all know that we are not alone and there are some awesome flippin people out there.

So please comment and let me know what you think of my ramblings, as I want to know that it’s helping not only me, but you as well. I will respond to everyone, I promise. Sorry though if you reply to my comment and I don’t reply back. There have been a lot of them and Facebook doesn’t make it easy to see all the replies. Feel free to nudge me!

Anyway, from Wilson and me, have a good day and I’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x

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Hi to you and Wilson 👋🏻

Good morning, I very much enjoy reading your daily posts. Thank you 😊

Good morning! Loving the Wilson pics x

Keep the ramblings coming!!! I look forward to them ❤️

Hi loving the posts. Not a past customer but will be a future one. Say hi to Wilson from the Isle of Wight

God your posts make me me laugh. You should put each “lockdown day” in a book when it’s all over. A big book !

Thank you for the lovely read whilst I’m on my morning break from the madness that is currently the “retail front line”. I’m afraid here in Skegness the message isn’t quite getting through either! We are just hoping the beach isn’t as busy as it was last weekend😱. You keep up the amazing work you do and we’ll see you soon! Give my love to Wilson! xx 😚

You do an amazing job Carl Scott whether its it’s for one of your own businesses or supporting one of your local businesses. Keep it up. Say Hi to Wilson from me. He doesn’t look like the talkative type though ! Stay safe. Xx

You are a star and much more attractive than Wilson...

Hi to you and Wilson, please keep the updates coming

Look forward to reading your posts each morning Karl . Thank you Karen Bedford for a great Led Zep wake up!👍

Keep going, hopefully not much longer, Wilson will keep you sane, as for my sanity........no chance 😫

Have my morning cuppa and your diary.. now I am set up for the day ... The wii fit is out ... oops 420 days since its last use 🤔.. Thanks Wilson cycling it is. Stay safe xxx

Morning all x

Love your ramblings and agree with everything you say. There are certainly some idiots out there. Once this is all over we will have trouble booking with you as everyone will want to come to stay and meet you and Wilson..... Stay safe. 😘🐾

Sorry Carl with a ‘C’ we have a Karl with a ‘K’ at work!!.xx

Wilson seems to be having quite the fun times! Stay safe.

Love the blog. Yes insurance industry is a total rip off. Weasels. Good you are disconnecting from emails very healthy. Once we can travel you’ll be very busy again enjoy your freedom. ❤️💚💖

Enjoying reading this, stay safe

🤣🤣🤣 the photos!! Too funny

Love your photos, it's great to see wilson and get on so well. Lovely reading, you are doing a good job, Here's my little hoggie,,

No matter that your clapping was unheard.. It was part of the vibration! I really enjoy your posts with the morning cuppa. It's unbelievable how badly some people are behaving but thank goodness for the abundance of goodness. Have a good day, you and Wilson. My companions are 13 yo Golden Retriever Teddy and scatty young cat Kedi. They are awesome!

The insurance companies seem to all be saying the same thing.... that they aren’t covering any cancellations due to coronavirus! Had to renew mine yesterday and had this pointed out to me as part of the usual spiel. We’ve got a cottage booked in south west Wales for mid May (only paid the balance 10 days ago!) so goodness knows what will happen - just going to wait and see but know that our travel insurance won’t cover it....🙁 ! Have a nice day everyone - at least the sun is shining here in Kent and I will get my washing dry 😀😀! Got to be grateful for something!!

Keep posting

I love reading your posts, I’ve not got around to visiting you yet but it’s on my “post c” todo list. And c doesn’t stand for Corona is stands for Cancer. Other half just gone in for operation for colon cancer today. It’s my 40th in 3 weeks so we are going to postpone celebrations and try and come visit you in the summer between chemo sessions

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5 days ago

Woodfarm Barns

I don't have a telly so I didn't know, but one of our lovely regulars told me that 'Villages by the Sea' tonight on BBC2 at 7.30pm features Walberswick, right here in this here Suffolk

It's one of my fave places. Watch it if you want to see how gorgeous it is round these parts but in the meantime, stay orf moi laaaand

Thanks Pam

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Oh I've been hoping they would show this one!

I went to Walberswick last year whilst in Suffolk.. Beautiful place. ❤️

YOU DON’T HAVE A TELE??????

We went to Walberswick last year, couldn't park the car so went to Sizewell instead, but do love Walberswick, will visit when this Stephen King business is all over 😕

Oooo, something nice to watch on TV for a change, thanks for letting us know.

This has been such a lovely series

Love Walberswick especially as it has a dog friendly beach all year 🐶❤️

Ahhhh Walberswick 😍😍

You’re welcome - enjoy everyone x

Charlotte Mathieson Williams. This might be nice to watch. Memories of our ferry rides from Southwold.

Love Walberswick and was great to see all the familiar places we go to when we visit....will definitely go back when the craziness ends...

Is the tea shop still there in Walberswick?😎😎

Christopher Smith

It was interesting to see enjoyed it.

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5 days ago

Woodfarm Barns

Dear Diary

Day 3 of Lockdown in the UK - 26th March 2020

Right, first things first, and it’s not good news I’m afraid…. Wilson is starting to get a little bit too comfortable (as you can see) here, considering he only rocked up the other day! I’m sure we’ll work it out as these are tryings times for us all, but I think we need to have words today.

Anyway, yesterday was weird. Actually every day is weird isn’t it?

First thing in the morning I got my usual Wednesday reminder on my phone to tell me to contact all this weekend’s guests arriving to check times etc. That kinda brought it home as so many things do. My brain went “Ah yes, hello Wednesday. I now email all of the guests coming Friday, Sunday and Monday to make arrangements for their arrival. Oh wait, hold on, no I don’t as I’ve told them all not to come”. Weird.

It’s peculiar isn’t it, how our daily and weekly routines are somehow suddenly not there. And I know from talking with friends, that those who are still working, their roles have all changed. Without exception I think. And it’s changing daily it seems.

I wrote a song last year called ‘Broken’. It opens with;

“It’s become the new normal, you can’t read it any more
At the risk of being formal, crazy’s taken to the floor
In the world that we live in, everything is turning strange
Now it’s just a given, we’re all looking for a change”

It’s about how, as a society, we are screwing it all up and breaking the planet. On our album, it features both my lovely bandmates, who are in their 20’s, as well as my equally lovely Daughter, also in her 20’s. I sorta think of them as the generation below mine singing about how the older lot have messed things up. Even more poignant to me is we also have our friend and producer David’s Daughter, aged 9, singing on it too. The chorus starts with “We’ve only ourselves to blame, remembering before”, but we got Niamh to sing “You’ve only yourselves to blame”

It’s a thought eh? Sorry, I have no idea when I start typing, where this ‘diary’ is going to go once the caffeine kicks in!

But the point is, this is the ‘new normal’. Whilst we are starting to get used to it, we all know there’s more to come that we will have to get used to. But in the main, I think we are adapting. As well as can be expected.

I had a discussion yesterday on a WhatsApp group I have with three mates. One said that we are all going to hell in a handcart, although I think he had an f-word in there somewhere. My view is that a lot of good will will come of this. We ended up agreeing to disagree (sort of) and carried on sharing the silly videos that are doing the rounds.

But I really do think good will come of this when we get through it. And get through it we will!

Normally (in the old times) I try to think of things that will amuse you lovely people on here, share jokes, often dog-related as that is (was) our market. I try to take pretty pictures of things in Suffolk to let you see how lovely it is here. I share as much as I can of all the lovely independent businesses in Suffolk that you can tap into whilst you’re on holiday here. And I do this in the hope that you think Suffolk looks like a nice place to be.

And I also share the occasional stuff about our Barges & Barns too, in the hope that some of you think you’d like to stay with us when you come to enjoy Suffolk. That’s what I used to do.

But that’s all changed. For now.

So my new normal on Facebook at least, seems to be writing this stuff. As I’ve said, it’s just my ramblings when I wake up and inject caffeine. But it does help me, living here on my own (ok, I have Wilson now I know) to offload my thoughts.

And it does seem to help some of you awesome people out there too, many of you past guests and friends, many of you who just like what we do (did). Sometimes I make you laugh, sometimes I make you cry. Ya know what, sometimes I make me laugh and sometimes I make me cry. But that’s ok. We are all learning to deal with this ‘new normal’ and we all need to learn to lean on each other. That’s how I think our world will improve once we get through this.

It’s also really nice to answer you back individually, and I will always answer everyone, unless I just don’t see your comment. In which case nudge me!

There was the ‘be kind’ campaign in recent times, of which I was totally supportive, for all the reasons it came to be. There are some horrible, depraved wazzocks (insert your own w-word in your head if you wish) people out there. But it didn’t really directly affect my world so it was just a ‘thing’ in the media to me. I am not diminishing or diluting the ethos behind it in any way. But this? This virus? It’s a thing that is, has, and will, affect all of us.

I just hope that once we are through it, we will all be nicer to each other. I hope that once it is permitted, we will all hug each other a bit more (I’m good at hugs), I hope that we will all do things for each other a bit more?

Ya know yesterday I told you that I find it incredulous that ad schedules are still running and that I am still getting calls offering irrelevant services right now? I went out and bought a Vauxhall Corsa though with my new white teeth!��Well yesterday I had an email saying;

“Hi Carl,

I came across your website whilst looking for properties in Suffolk - I work for a company that helps Property Owners get direct bookings.

At ‘NAME DELETED’ we exclusively provide websites for the holiday let industry, with everything you could possibly need to easily manage and promote your business.

You can take a look at our extensive features here ‘URL DELETED’

I apologise for the direct approach, just feel that we could genuinely make your life easier, improve your customers journey and increase bookings.

Let me know if this is something you might be interested in.

Kind regards,

‘MORON’S NAME DELETED’

What the actual?!?!?!? Is it just me, or are there still people out there that don’t get this?!?!?!?

I wrote a VERY strong reply that I shared with friends but did not send to the guy. It was VERY offensive and angry and it helped me release some steam. I will not share it with you. That’d be unprofessional. I want to remain professional in the hope that one day I will rebuild a holiday cottage business. But wow, what a ******** eh?!?!?!?!

Anyway, I’m done rambling for now. There has been an overwhelming response to my ramblings and I have no idea if that’ll continue, or if you’ll get bored of me. But I’ll carry on for now. If this brightens up one person’s day and I get one like, then ya know what? I’m ok with that. Cos that’ll make two of us that feel just a little bit better right now.

Oh, and in closing, there has clearly been a lot of love for Wilson so he will be staying at Woodfarm forever. He has suggested that people might like to have their photo taken with him when they come to stay! He has ideas for Woodfarm Wilson commemorative mugs and all sorts!

When this is all done and I find my marketing hat again, I’m sure we will go Wilson crazy, though I need to avoid being sued by Tom Hanks!

Have a good day and I’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x
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Dear Diary

Day 3 of Lockdown in the UK - 26th March 2020

Right, first things first, and it’s not good news I’m afraid…. Wilson is starting to get a little bit too comfortable (as you can see) here, considering he only rocked up the other day! I’m sure we’ll work it out as these are tryings times for us all, but I think we need to have words today.

Anyway, yesterday was weird. Actually every day is weird isn’t it?

First thing in the morning I got my usual Wednesday reminder on my phone to tell me to contact all this weekend’s guests arriving to check times etc. That kinda brought it home as so many things do. My brain went “Ah yes, hello Wednesday. I now email all of the guests coming Friday, Sunday and Monday to make arrangements for their arrival. Oh wait, hold on, no I don’t as I’ve told them all not to come”. Weird.

It’s peculiar isn’t it, how our daily and weekly routines are somehow suddenly not there. And I know from talking with friends, that those who are still working, their roles have all changed. Without exception I think. And it’s changing daily it seems.

I wrote a song last year called ‘Broken’. It opens with; 

“It’s become the new normal, you can’t read it any more
At the risk of being formal, crazy’s taken to the floor
In the world that we live in, everything is turning strange
Now it’s just a given, we’re all looking for a change”

It’s about how, as a society, we are screwing it all up and breaking the planet. On our album, it features both my lovely bandmates, who are in their 20’s, as well as my equally lovely Daughter, also in her 20’s. I sorta think of them as the generation below mine singing about how the older lot have messed things up. Even more poignant to me is we also have our friend and producer David’s Daughter, aged 9, singing on it too. The chorus starts with “We’ve only ourselves to blame, remembering before”, but we got Niamh to sing “You’ve only yourselves to blame”

It’s a thought eh? Sorry, I have no idea when I start typing, where this ‘diary’ is going to go once the caffeine kicks in!

But the point is, this is the ‘new normal’. Whilst we are starting to get used to it, we all know there’s more to come that we will have to get used to. But in the main, I think we are adapting. As well as can be expected.

I had a discussion yesterday on a WhatsApp group I have with three mates. One said that we are all going to hell in a handcart, although I think he had an f-word in there somewhere. My view is that a lot of good will will come of this. We ended up agreeing to disagree (sort of) and carried on sharing the silly videos that are doing the rounds.

But I really do think good will come of this when we get through it. And get through it we will!

Normally (in the old times) I try to think of things that will amuse you lovely people on here, share jokes, often dog-related as that is (was) our market. I try to take pretty pictures of things in Suffolk to let you see how lovely it is here. I share as much as I can of all the lovely independent businesses in Suffolk that you can tap into whilst you’re on holiday here. And I do this in the hope that you think Suffolk looks like a nice place to be. 

And I also share the occasional stuff about our Barges & Barns too, in the hope that some of you think you’d like to stay with us when you come to enjoy Suffolk. That’s what I used to do.

But that’s all changed. For now.

So my new normal on Facebook at least, seems to be writing this stuff. As I’ve said, it’s just my ramblings when I wake up and inject caffeine. But it does help me, living here on my own (ok, I have Wilson now I know) to offload my thoughts. 

And it does seem to help some of you awesome people out there too, many of you past guests and friends, many of you who just like what we do (did). Sometimes I make you laugh, sometimes I make you cry. Ya know what, sometimes I make me laugh and sometimes I make me cry. But that’s ok. We are all learning to deal with this ‘new normal’ and we all need to learn to lean on each other. That’s how I think our world will improve once we get through this.

It’s also really nice to answer you back individually, and I will always answer everyone, unless I just don’t see your comment. In which case nudge me!

There was the ‘be kind’ campaign in recent times, of which I was totally supportive, for all the reasons it came to be. There are some horrible, depraved wazzocks (insert your own w-word in your head if you wish) people out there. But it didn’t really directly affect my world so it was just a ‘thing’ in the media to me. I am not diminishing or diluting the ethos behind it in any way. But this? This virus? It’s a thing that is, has, and will, affect all of us. 

I just hope that once we are through it, we will all be nicer to each other. I hope that once it is permitted, we will all hug each other a bit more (I’m good at hugs), I hope that we will all do things for each other a bit more?

Ya know yesterday I told you that I find it incredulous that ad schedules are still running and that I am still getting calls offering irrelevant services right now? I went out and bought a Vauxhall Corsa though with my new white teeth!��Well yesterday I had an email saying;

“Hi Carl,

I came across your website whilst looking for properties in Suffolk - I work for a company that helps Property Owners get direct bookings.

At ‘NAME DELETED’ we exclusively provide websites for the holiday let industry, with everything you could possibly need to easily manage and promote your business.

You can take a look at our extensive features here ‘URL DELETED’

I apologise for the direct approach, just feel that we could genuinely make your life easier, improve your customers journey and increase bookings.

Let me know if this is something you might be interested in.

Kind regards,

‘MORON’S NAME DELETED’

What the actual?!?!?!? Is it just me, or are there still people out there that don’t get this?!?!?!?

I wrote a VERY strong reply that I shared with friends but did not send to the guy. It was VERY offensive and angry and it helped me release some steam. I will not share it with you. That’d be unprofessional. I want to remain professional in the hope that one day I will rebuild a holiday cottage business. But wow, what a ******** eh?!?!?!?!

Anyway, I’m done rambling for now. There has been an overwhelming response to my ramblings and I have no idea if that’ll continue, or if you’ll get bored of me. But I’ll carry on for now. If this brightens up one person’s day and I get one like, then  ya know what? I’m ok with that. Cos that’ll make two of us that feel just a little bit better right now.

Oh, and in closing, there has clearly been a lot of love for Wilson so he will be staying at Woodfarm forever. He has suggested that people might like to have their photo taken with him when they come to stay! He has ideas for Woodfarm Wilson commemorative mugs and all sorts! 

When this is all done and I find my marketing hat again, I’m sure we will go Wilson crazy, though I need to avoid being sued by Tom Hanks!

Have a good day and I’ll see you tomorrow

Stay safe x

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Wilson rules! Thanks for your updates, reading them is becoming my new normal! 😀

Me too. Keep 'em coming.

No reference to the weight bench 🤷‍♀️ it is hanging clothes as previously suggested 🙄

Wilson you look v comfy there. Looking forward to more pics of your adventures. Glad you are staying put.

Morning Carl and Wilson😊. Keep writing

Hmmm that looks so inviting 😢

Yes keep your ramblings coming. I love the banter. Keep smiling everyone 😀

Carl once this nightmare is over your cottages will be fully booked in no time of that I have no doubt!!

Morning Carl 😃 I agree with you! I thi k we were going to hell in a handcart and this is us being given a chance (albeit a pretty rough one!) to reassess and become better people. Sadly there will always be the ****heads who only care about themselves and their loo roll supply but most people are good, if a little lost. I'm not religious, don't think I need to be to see this.. And it is what you DO, not what you did, because you will survive and when this is over, people will want to party and holiday and hug and that's where you come in. Remain who you are, hard tho this is and take care of Wilson 😏

Hi Carl. Just had my morning fix of your ‘ramblings’. Keep them coming! In my working NHSbubble, the feeling of teamwork is quite amazing at the moment. Long may it last, hopefully long after this crappy time is done. Keep smiling and doing what you’re doing! Loving my morning read xxxxx

I’m not sure how I ended up on your page, and I’ve never been to or intended to visit Suffolk. But somehow here I am. And when this is all over I’ll bring my big dopey dog and we will stay in one of your cottages and meet Wilson. I promise. Keep writing, I love your ramblings

I too have found it ridiculous that tv adverts are still running. Here’s the new film you won’t be able to watch at the cinema. Look at this amazing tropical island you can’t go to etc. And then I see adverts for online bingo and that infuriates me as there’s people desperately worried about their jobs and incomes, stuck at home bored so why not encourage a gambling addiction in them too cos that’s going to help things no end. However, to end of a positive note, I too hope and believe the world will be a kinder, calmer, more appreciative place when all this ends. Stay safe!

Carl you and your business will come through this, your kind of energy doesn't dissipate it penetrates us all on some level. You and Woodfarm Barns kinda get into our cells and expand along with the Universe..... See, you've started to make me ramble now and I only drink tea! Can you post the song you mentioned? Interested to hear, are you the drummer?

Love the ramblings I to have never stayed at your cottages but always read your Facebook page would love it if you developed an area for caravans to stay😉 Keep safe and keep on rambling xx

Stay safe Carl & Wilson 😊

You write beautifully..and full of heart and soul. It has been the 2nd thing I read,since our lockdown. The first thing I read is from my friend, in Pietrasanta. In lockdown..without a Wilson, but with 3 children...You too will meet one day when this is over.🤗

You are absolutely right. This situation is making me re-evaluate my values (which I thought I’d got pretty right before). But, ‘after’ I think I will appreciate the simple things so much more and think more carefully- do I need to buy random stuff that I see when I’m out shopping? Can I do some good with something I am getting rid of? Etc etc. Love Suffolk and will definitely be looking to bring my lovely boys to Woodfarm Barns for a break. Thank you for you ramblings!

Keep your blog going. It’s good to share and offload when needed, it also gives a very human face to a business that will hopefully back up and running soon, when all this madness is over. I’m on the Suffolk/Norfolk border 😁🐶

Good morning Wilson.. Oh, and of course Carl. 😀 Have a great day in the sunshine.

Morning Carl. I have my cuppa in bed . Reading your daily diary is a must first thing while on lockdown. My phone beeps it’s countdown that it is 108 sleeps until we visit Woodfarm Barns. My place of relaxation. I will just move that countdown forwards because we will be back. Please keep up your ramblings xx

Keep rambling Carl ...we love Suffolk and we will be back to stay with you when this surreal world becomes something else ...sending you a virtual hug from Mabel 🤪

Bear with me - I wrote a comment on a Gardening/generally lovely FB group about how much my son is missing scouts. I’ve just had the loveliest of replies back from another lady who’s son is also badly missing scouting. She told me some things that her son had been doing in the garden, making rocket stoves, camp cooking etc that maybe Jacob could try. I burst into tears! There are some amazingly lovely people out there and they by far outweigh the wozzacks. Look at the 500,000 people who have immediately volunteered. Brace yourself, here comes my 2nd favourite saying, all will be well in the end, and if it’s not, then it’s not the end... 🥰

You are helping so many people with your humorous banter and also your kind offers to key workers. Keep it up and stay safe. 😊

Morning Carl. I laughed so loud when I saw Wilson yesterday that my 11 year old grandson asked why I was laughing. I asked if he'd ever seen Tom Hanks in Castaway. Yes, he'd watched it here with me & his grandad. He instantly knew who Wilson was. 😁 I think it should be mandatory to watch it right now 🤣🤣 Keep safe & keep writing 👍

Yesterday I switched from Radio 2 to Magic as I didn't want to hear depressing news all the time. Then ta dah the Vauxhall Corsa advert came on, I instantly thought of you and it made me chuckle 😁

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