From The Suffolk Holiday Barns & Barges experts…. A Tuscan Cottage available Spring 2020….
It will be a fully restored traditional Tuscan Country House with breath-taking views of the Garfagnana Valley. Just 20 minutes from the Medieval city of Lucca and 45 minutes from Pisa airport.
Sleeps two to four.
- 2 or 3 night weekends from Fridays
- 4 night midweek breaks from Mondays
- 5 night midweek breaks from Sundays
- Full weeks or fortnights from any of those days
- Rustic combination of English & Tuscan style
- Incredible views of the valley and hills for miles
- Al Fresco Terrace with BBQ, Pizza & Bread oven
- Soak up the Italian sunshine
- Ideal spot to discover Tuscany
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“I have two favourite places on this little planet of ours. Suffolk and Tuscany. Having built my business in Suffolk, firstly on dry land and then onto the water with our Barges, I’m now expanding it just a little further. To Tuscany!
Woodfarm Tuscany has a delightful little country house with breath-taking views across the Garfagnana, which is the upper valley of the river Serchio, just 20 minutes North-West of Lucca and only 45 minutes from Pisa airport.
A holiday or short-break here is all about the scenery, and food & drink. We have the most amazing location to explore this beautiful area, and enjoy some ‘you time’ from your Tuscan terrace”
Our Dog-friendly Holiday Cottage in Tuscany….
I viewed a lot of houses in the area and then ended up buying the first one I’d seen! The views were love at first sight. The house itself requires a complete renovation, but then I’m used to that, so it’s not a problem.
But the views are simply unforgettable and we don’t have to renovate them!!
Food, Wine and that Tuscan view!
Once it’s finished, this Cottage will be about the incredible views. A cosy place to stay, with the modern comforts you expect from us, in a location giving you easy access to the most popular parts of Tuscany. With or without dogs.
And to go with those views we are building a spacious terrace in the garden, with comfy seating, pizza and bread oven, and a BBQ.
So if you fancy the idea of sitting back and relaxing with the warm Tuscan air wrapped around you as you sip a nice glass of local wine, waiting for your handmade pizza or locally sourced BBQ produce to be ready, then you’d better get your diaries out.
There’ll even be a proper pasta maker in the kitchen, along with local flour and eggs so you can really get into the spirit!
‘Trebbio’ forms part of a tiny hamlet near a tiny village called Piazza Di Brancole, on a hillside overlooking the Garfagnana Valley.
Gold-Award Winning Luxury Holiday Cottages & Barges in Suffolk. And now we’re in Italy too!
“It’s exactly the same philosophy as we have in Suffolk; Created with you in mind. Modern comforts with rural charm, all within easy reach of so many beautiful and interesting places.
‘Trebbio’; your Holiday Cottage in Tuscany. The perfect place from which to explore this stunning, historic region of Italy. Sign up to our VIP Tuscany list to be the first to know when you can book your holiday or short-break at Woodfarm Tuscany and make it your home from home”
Set into the hillside, ‘Trebbio’ will all be on one level inside, making for easy living.
We have cellars below, which we hope to convert at some point but once the Cottage is ready, it’ll be all about a luxurious, rustic interior, combined with outdoor living, Tuscan style.
From your terrace you can enjoy your morning coffee, a leisurely lunch, or watch the sun go down as you bake your own pizzas.
Make sure you sign up to our VIP Tuscany list to be the first to know when we are ready to take bookings!
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Day 10 of Lockdown in the UK - 2nd April 2020
Morning Woodentops. Yes, you are now the Woodentops. I asked yesterday for ideas for a collective name for you, dear reader, and we had loads of suggestions. This was fave my though as it trips off the tongue nicely. Thanks to Vanessa for that one. If you don’t like it we could change it every week. The good thing about the new normal is we can make the rules up as we go along! I really liked Lisa's suggestion of 'The Barnacles' too! I hope you like being Woodentops for now though at least, and thanks for all the other suggestions. This was just the one that I thought was most appropriate for now. 🤣
I hope you enjoyed the video of me vacuuming my lawn? I decided that it was high time I did some housework as a new routine just to stop me from going insane and it’s definitely worked! That doesn’t mean I don’t ever do it by the way! I’m quite clean and moderately house-trained! What better way to kick-start a routine and retain my sanity, than to vacuum the lawn? I also mowed the lounge, but the carpet and the lawn mower ain’t looking so good!
I heard a great phrase last night that made me smile; “I’m glee-ridden”! Love it! Although it was used in a sarcastic context (I have a very sarcastic streak, which is why I think it made me chuckle so much) I was genuinely glee-ridden when I woke up this morning. For some reason I woke about thinking about our reviews. Like so many of you, I’ve not really bothered much with my normal work pattern of late. One of the things I used to do several times a week is check on TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google for reviews. When we first started getting them I was extremely nervous, but the Five Stars kept rolling in. I still open every one with trepidation as it’s really important to me and I don’t ever assume they should be Five Stars every time.
Well for some reason I woke up realising I hadn’t looked since ‘this’ started. If it’s ok with you I’ll share the last one left two weeks ago as I would normally do from time to time on here anyway? I’m just doing it to remind myself of the good old days when my business was ticking along nicely, so please indulge me for a mo if you would. I hope you don’t mind. If you do, scroll down a paragraph or two and miss it out.
This was left on the 16th March, just before lockdown. We were still open for business and trying to maintain some sense of normality, whilst taking every precaution, and this one will always be the one that reminds me of this ’situation’, as there are references to what was about to be bestowed upon us. So it’s kind of a ‘timeline marker’ in Woodfarm History for me. It’ll certainly be our last review for a while I think;
“Super Duper” - Left on Mar 16, 2020 for a stay in Mar 2020
“Well if you have a woof woof and enjoy a bit of time with your other half this is the place to go. Our barn was lovely, clean, antibacterial cleaned, but so pretty. Small but perfect. Carl (the owner) provides a lovely breakfast survival spread but we brought our own booze and bits. The jacuzzi was covered in our barn so even if it pours, we weren’t bothered. There are dog walk, bikes and games etc to borrow. Super 2 days. Thank you” This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
That was our 393rd Five Star review on TripAdvisor. I was hoping to hit 400 before the Summer, but I’m going to realign that goal now 🤣
Well it was the 1st of the month yesterday. Despite my avoiding it, it was clearly April Fools’ Day as I got loads of bills in. Oh how I laughed. The 1st of the month is always a very expensive one for me as a lot of my monthly commitments go out that day. And they did, but it’s ok as there’s lots of money coming in. Sorry, what’s that? What do you mean there isn’t any money coming in? Oh. I’d kinda forgotten it was the 1st, but waded through it anyway. As I’ve said, we’ll be ok for a good while yet but my heart goes out to those who aren’t so good. My thoughts are with them.
My first world problems came into perspective furthermore when I spoke to James, our resident Ambulance driver. He’d had a gentleman in his 70’s with all the symptoms of you know what. Blue lights flashing with a dash to the hospital and he’s steady now. I really hope he’s ok.
I brought some bread home from Earsham Street Delicatessen on Tuesday, which they gave me just as a little something for our NHS guys. What strikes me about James and his colleagues staying here is how grateful they are for the little things we are doing for them! He helped save the life of another human as part of his daily routine, but still manages to be grateful to us. I need to find more hats just to keep taking them off to these guys!
Ok, I want to ask you a hypothetical question about our Easter Egg Hunt as I know some of you have entered. I have an idea and I want to get your opinion to gauge it, before contacting all the entrants en-mass. We started to run this competition to give away a whole bunch of amazing chocolate goodies from the Deli, where weirdly I am now the delivery boy! Plus, we have a load of fab doggo treats from our friendly neighbourhood pet shop Doodledales. Plus we have a bunch of Woodfarm branded merchandise.
Here’s my idea; the Egg Hunt is still live on our virtual tours but how do you think it’d go down if instead of sending all that stuff to the winner after Easter, we gave the chocolate to one of our NHS residents to take to the children’s ward at the Ipswich Hospital? I’d be happy to send the dog treats and the Woodfarm merch still, and to buy another Egg to add to the stash, but I just wondered if it’d be ok to send the rest of the chocolate to the children’s ward instead? Thoughts? If it’s wrong to change it now I’ll leave it as it is.
EDIT.... a few of you have suggested the dog treats go to a dog home or charity. I had thought of something similar but wanted to give the winner something. I will just buy some more for the winner. Thanks all x
Moving on. I got sent this to me on here and as an email yesterday to make me smile, so I thought I’d pass it on to you…
Ten Fun Facts for you
1. You can’t see your ears without a mirror
2. You can’t count your hair
3. You can’t breathe through your nose with your tongue out
4. You just tried No.3
6. When you did No.3 you realised you could do it but that you look like a Dog
7. You are smiling right now because you were fooled
8. You skipped No.5
9. You just checked to see if there is a No.5
10. Ok, this isn’t a fact but it rounds it up to 10
Did that make you smile? Good!
Heard another ad that got my goat yesterday. José Mourinho doing an advert for Paddy Power. Yes guys, do make sure you, with all your millions (Paddy and the Chosen one), capitalise during this time by targeting people with gambling issues, who were probably stressed and in enough trouble anyway. Nice one vultures. Ok, I’ll leave this rant right there before I say too much!
Some of you know this, but at some point I’m going to write a book. I’ve had it in mind for years. I want to write a book about my Woodfarm journey. From the concept, to the struggles I had getting the money together, issues with planning (do NOT get me started on that one. It needs a whole book on its own!), dealings with my MP (a chapter at least!), right through to making it work. I have lots of tales, many of them funny, some of them not so much. But the point is I have a whole book in my head. I want to be able to ‘brain dump’ it.
Now, the point is that it’s about the cathartic process for me. I want to get it all out there, with the intention that it could help other people starting similar journeys. But… I don’t care if it gets published or not, or whether anyone reads it or not. I just want to write it. It strikes me that this period is going to be at least one chapter! Only time will tell as to the title of that chapter, but I’m thinking ‘What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’. Just thought I’d share that.
Right, I have to get out on my bike, hit the gym, and then get ready to go and deliver food. From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow. Oh by the way, quite a few of you the other day said you’d like to see pics of our beautiful county, so I’ll endeavour to take some for you today.
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Ya board carl
Giving the chocolate element of the Easter Egg Hunt prize to children at Ipswich hospital is a lovely idea.
Have a good day Carl x
'Morning Carl. Reading your posts has become my new morning routine. 1) wake up 2) make tea 3) open up FB to read your daily post. Thank you for helping to keep me sane and smiling. Have a good day.
Hi Carl, following on from Mags I realised I do the same. Coffee and your fb post before switching on the news. It starts the morning on a far better footing 🥰 thank you xx
Good morning Daddy Woodentop, and of course, Wilson. ❤️😊 Read your post on waking this morning... Set me up for a good day. The Easter egg idea sounds fab.. Let's hope the entrants agree 🤞.. I didn't enter.. But I'm agreeing! 🤣🤣 Looks like it's gonna be a busy day for you guys... Have a great day and stay safe. X
Think I remember The Woodentops, did they have Spot the dog?🤔 Wonderful idea for the children in hospital😊 Have a good day😊
I vote yes to chocolate to children’s ward and yes to more brilliant blogging and hopefully a book too. Thank you for being the right sort of human and stay safe x
I agree the chocolates should go to the children’s ward, and the dog treats could also go to a local dogs home .
Morning, brilliant idea re eggs, a fab thing to do. Reminds me I need to enter 😊
Yes, give the goodies to the NHS workers. Lovely idea ♥️. I'm not isolated so not getting time to read all your post, but keep up the good work and stay safe. ♥️
Definitely agree with the chocolate going to the children in hospital. It will also help to save the waistline of the competition winner! Double whammy! 😂😊
Hi Carl. I have done a bit of writing myself and I did post encouragement to you to keep writing these posts because I could see you had a talent for communicating this way. Go on, write the book. You can always self publish. I would read it. You could always add it to your merchandise! (I am a proud possessor of one of your poo bag holders from Paws in the Park at Detling)
Great idea for the chocolates 👍
Def agree with donating to the children’s ward and doggie treats to the local dog charity. You are doing a great job and love the hoover video - before I turned the volume on I was already humming the Benny Hill tune 😎😎
Good morning Carl, another interesting read, I imagine your book would be something a lot of people would enjoy. Chocolates to the childrens hospital is a great idea, Im sure everyone would agree to that. Have a productive day and stay well.😷
Morning. 🎶Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me 🎵🥳 Yes...another year older but not wiser 😂 🦉 I’ll be celebrating at home of course but my thoughts are with my ‘little’ sister who’s dealing with the dreaded virus isolated at home alone but doing ok. Have a good day everyone. Xx it’s a yes from me re the Easter egg hunt.
Write that book Carl - there is no time like the present and especially now ! Have a great day. Keep the posts coming. X
I think donating the eggs is a lovely idea x
First Coffee of the day and your posts...my new start to the day, Carl Scott.😍
Morning Carl.... Another great post.....after vaccuming the lawns...how about getting that lazy bugger Wilson to (apologies to Monty Python)...lick road clean with his tongue....he had to earn his 100 k somehow 😂
Morning! Made me smile again today and an excellent idea about the Easter egg hunt!
Love the name one of my favourite watch with mother programmes. They used to also feature in pipin comic. No one will have heard of that showing my age!! Used to have to hunt for baby moonbeam. Good idea about eggs. However what about dog goodies to rescue centre as they are struggling. We got our beautiful Dougal from one. He sadly went over the rainbow bridge just before this new mad world on 8th Jan. So miss his love and company now. Sadly after this I fear there will be an increase in new arrivals at rescue centres.Anyway enough of the gloom. We have blackbirds nesting for first year in the garden. Unfortunately it's where we are working on the creation of a fairy garden for the grandkids ( that's not strictly true... Its for me really) and so we now have to work cautiously so as not to disturb them. Do you think rambling is contagious or is it a new symptom of the C as I now appear to be doing a Ronnie. Take care be safe from the island x
Morning head Woodentop! Great name & yes, I do fondly remember them 🤦♀️I love the idea of giving the chocolates to the kids, after all 'sharing is caring' don't you think? Couldn't resist revisiting my childhood so here they are...introducing 'The Woodentops' 😍 Have a good day!
Yep chocs to children and dog treats to food banks? Some footballers are doing good things during this. Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace co-owns a property companies and has let all the empty properties to NHS staff, I believe, but they could all do way more!
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Our girl Boo 💞
Finn joining in with a virtual ukulele jam 😂
Basil helping me work from home 😊
Our Georgie-girl 🐾....
Mutley’s daily exercise (watching squirrels)
And our old boy Pepper 🐾
Louis have a snooze after his one walk a day...it's a blooming long walk 🤣
My big bronco Chilling in the garden x
Holly watching the world (and the tractors on the field 🚜) go by 🐶
This morning’s admin assistant 🐾 🐾
It’s not so bad in here 😎
Luna enjoying the sun
Day 9 of Lockdown in the UK - 1st April 2020
So. April 1st. Aprils Fools’ Day. Normally I wake up early, like a kid at Christmas, giggling at my own genius with the ideas I have to spring on you lovely lot, plus friends, and of course, every year, my poor unsuspecting Mother.
I’ve got my Mum with some corkers in the past. My favourite I think was my lottery win. I think it was way back when I was struggling to raise capital to get Woodfarm off the ground. I called her to tell her I’d won over a hundred grand on the lottery. Well I didn’t want it to be unbelievable did I? She burst into tears on the phone because she was so happy for me. Oops. Sorry Mum xx
I remember one year getting some mates with a text. Hang on, I just did a search in my texts for the word petrol and found it! April 1st 2011, 6am….. “My god, what a night! XXX (name of girl I’d had a couple of dates with) turned up at at 2am screaming for me to ‘love her’ and started pouring petrol everywhere. Police called. XXX removed”. One of them went for it big time and I even called him from the ‘Police station’, though I was actually still in bed 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Yes, I am wicked. I am evil. I am naughty. Call it what you want, I normally like to have a laugh on April Fools’ Day. But this year it doesn’t feel right does it? I thought about it yesterday and considered doing something, obviously NOT related to this awful situation but just to try and make people laugh. But I couldn’t do it. I haven’t lost my sense of humour. Most of us haven’t. But everything feels a bit subdued at the mo doesn’t it?
I just couldn’t face coming up with something silly, without it feeling like it was in poor taste. Even if it wasn’t going to be related to ‘this’. So how about, when we are through this, and we start to rebuild our world, I pick a date, tell you that date, and then come up with something stupid? You’ll all know it’s coming but you can all react to it and I’ll say August the 12th Fool, or whatever the date may be? Yeah that’s a plan!
Sorry I didn’t reply to some of you yesterday until the evening, as Wilson and I were out on our delivery rounds. This will be the case on a Tuesday and Thursday for the time being hopefully. Once again I take my hat off to the girls in the Deli, and all the other independent businesses out there adapting to the new normal; working to make sure that their community can still eat, or keep their cars going, or fix their broken boilers. A lot of elderly and isolated people were and are, very grateful. As you can see, I took a couple of pics before we set off, and Wilson was very excited about his first car journey. I use hand sanitiser and gloves on my rounds, and Wilson insisted on doing the same. I didn't like to tell him that he doesn't actually have any hands.
I thought about taking a few photos on our rounds, but that didn’t seem right. There is some beautiful scenery around that part of Suffolk, but we were working, not having day out.
Whilst on our rounds, we heard on the radio that the supermarkets announced record takings in March, making a squllion percent more than previously. I get that. Everyone went out to panic buy. But now bulk buying isn’t allowed. So pleeeeeeeeeease do as much shopping as you can in your local, independent stores as you can. Your corner shops, your farm shops, your delis, your pubs and cafe’s offering takeaway meals that they have made. Because they are trying to survive. They are trying to pay their mortgages, rents and electricity. They are trying to feed their families. The Sainsbury family, and Mr & Mrs Tesco will get through this just fine.
We will be desperate for these local businesses when we get through this. I have a feeling the independents will do better, because more people will want to say “thank you”. But we can’t thank them if they don’t survive as a business. They will be gone. So please support them now, in their hour of need.
We also heard an article about pubs landlords with landlords if you see what I mean? Pub landlords at the mercy of the big pub chains. Marstons have written to all their tenants to tell them that they must indeed continue to pay their rent in full! However, out of the goodness of their hearts, they don’t have to pay it all in one go!
I get that Marstons have a business to run too, but there’s a difference, in my humble wotsit, between a multi-gazillion pound conglomerate with a board and X million in the bank, and a landlord/ lady serving their community, with a thousand pounds in the bank and a fifteen hundred pound wage bill. That difference is a heart. One has one, and one doesn’t. I know I’m generalising, but these are different times and this calls for a different approach. Surely?
The polar opposite of this was Fullers, who I believe are predominantly, but not wholly, London based. They have contacted all of their landlords to tell them that they do NOT have to pay rent for the time being, and all opened kegs will be credited because they cannot sell the rest. Wow. What a difference. Well done Fullers. My guess is you have humans in charge. Nice one. Cheers to you.🍺🍻
Let’s talk about hair shall we? Apparently people are starting to worry about not being able to get their hair cut during this time. So some ‘domestic’ hair cuts are happening and the results are being posted online. They are calling it “Hair armageddon”. Firstly, how on earth did they miss the opportunity to call it “Hairmageddon”?!?! Secondly, I’m ok as Wilson says he’s actually a very good Gentleman’s barber. If it turns out he’s lying and messes it up, I do have a shaver thingy, so I might be a skinhead before this is over. I do hope Trumpton is right and this is all over by the end of the month. Yeah right, that’s gonna happen you twonk!
I suggested on here yesterday that we could do a virtual holiday on Facebook Live, where I can show you round the Barns, and lots of you love the idea. In the old days, when I had money coming in, I spent lots of it on having highly professional photos, virtual tours, and videos made to highlight how wonderful our Barns (and Barges) are. That’s called marketing. It’s part of what I used to for a living. In the old days. And it worked very well. Lots of people love our online presence.
Just to give you an insight into our online work, we (the lean, mean, Woodfarm marketing machine) used to pick apart our Google statistics every week, looking at our figures, analysing our web traffic, spotting trends and tendencies, looking for ways to adapt to, and influence them etc. I got last week’s stats through yesterday as it’s automatic. I laughed out loud. Our traffic was less than 10% of the previous week! It’s nice that some people are still looking, dreaming of a time when they can take a break. But it did make me laugh at how much it has dropped so quickly. Under normal circumstances I would have cried at those figures. But what can ya do? Nowt. Except shrug the shoulders and move on.
Anyway Ronnie Corbett, get back to the point. As soon as I can get round to it, I’ll organise doing a Facebook Live tour with you. In a totally unprofessional way, costing nothing but the wear and tear on my shoes as I walk around with you. We can sit and have a coffee together in one of the Barns, or Woodfarm House. If you’re lucky I might show you where we keep the spare fairy liquid and bleach for the loos. I’ll let you know when we are going to do that. You’ll have plenty of warning.
We are also thinking of doing a Facebook Live Pub Quiz. What do you think? My working title is “The 8/10 Dogs does the Woodfarm not in a Pub but a Barn Quiz”. I wanted it to be snappy and roll of the tongue easily. That’s just my marketing background kicking in I guess? So would you be up for that? No prizes, it’ll just be for fun one evening. And it goes well. we’ll do it again?
I need your help on something; someone suggested on here yesterday that you lovely lot need a collective name. An identity for this wonderful little community that seems to have organically grown over the last week and a bit. So? Any ideas? I can’t come up with anything other than “Woodfarmers”. Surely there’s got to be a better name than that??
Ok I’m off now, but as it’s Wednesday (I think) I will be bringing back our Midweek Mutt Shots today! For anyone that doesn’t know, it’s where we get you to post a pic of your Dogs doing something different every week. We’ve been doing this on a weekly basis for I don’t know how long. Since the old days anyway. So watch out for it this morning, it’s coming, so join in the fun!
Please keep following, clicking ‘Like’ and commenting on my ramblings, as it gives me something to keep myself occupied and stops me from going insane. I was saying to Wilson only the other day, “wouldn’t it be ironic if I went insane during this situation”. He agreed but said he didn’t think I would if you lot kept me going. He’s very wise ya know?
Anyway, from Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow.
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Agree on the shopping in independents point. At the very start of all this shenanigans I probably panicked a bit (ashamed to say) and spent a disproportionate time driving to various big named supermarkets to get “stuff”. Now I only shop every four or five days and buy the basics from the local greengrocer, etc. I find that they mostly have everything I need, and stress levels are vastly lowered, plus you can have a nice chat and support each other emotionally. Quiz sounds fab 😊
Thank you! It’s lovely to have something cheery and heartwarming to read to start the day ☺️
Love your ramblings Carl 😊
Aahhhhh yes I remember your marketing stats that one week I got them, didn't look too closely tho 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Love waking up to your ramblings, first thing up on my feed 😍 The painting is still as it was, I do this, do a bit then sit there looking at it wondering if it will look anything remotely how I want it too 🤣🤣🤣 I'll press on with it. I am musing garden cutting at the moment and all that entails
I really enjoy reading your daily “rants” - keep writing. I agree with you about local shops - I’ve been using those & therefore also avoiding the crowds of people in the large supermarkets - and I’ve made signs thanking my milkman & bin men - all of these are doing a great job & deserve our support too. Have a good day with Wilson x
I now look forward to your crazy ramblings in the morning... .....thanks for the entertainment!. Looking forward to the virtual tour and the pub quiz. Keep well 😊 x
Good Morning Wilson (and your carer/chauffeur/companion). 😋 Glad you managed to get all your deliveries done yesterday I’m sure you were a welcome sight rolling up (!) with some delicious essential supplies. I’ve given up trying to get a home delivery slot from any of the supermarkets- all sold out for weeks in advance. So I’ll have to get my lovely little Audi out again on Friday to pick up more supplies. 😀. Attached is a video I made the other day of my dog Buddy showing off his little tricks.He’s very clever but a bit excitable! Have a goods day. X
Yes we all love your ramblings probably because it saves us writing ours ( in fact I feel quite sane compared to someone who has chosen a volley ball as a life partner)
Quiz sounds fab, you could do each round in a different barn 😊
Talking of needing a haircut
Keep your photos coming, even when you're doing your rounds. I moved house 3 days before the lock down, and since then have got everything I need from a lovely corner shop. Will continue my support once this madness is over. Stay safe Carl, and Wilson.
Oh definitely a quiz, I always tried to go to my local’s charity quiz, they would do it on a Thursday night offering local charity’s and community groups to have it hosted for them and I miss it. I also had my little crochet class each week before it. It was three of us, our teacher and her Mum. It was more than a class, it was our chance to get together, have tea and cake and a jolly good gab while trying to learn to make blankets and more. I miss that too but we’ve a little WhatsApp group and keep ourselves going. So yes we need to find a name for this little community, because being part of a community, whether it be though chat or virtually is what is going to keep us all sane, hopefully. Off to get my day going and will take little Purdy to the beach for a photo shoot for Midweek Mutts. Enjoy your day with Wilson. 😊 x
totally agree and we are lucky that the local market stalls of fresh produce even though shut are now doing weekly deliveries so we can still support them 😀 stay safe xxx
Two sugars in my coffee please x
I do love your ramblings of a morning 😊
I m a crazy dog lady - 5 Cairn terriers- so never been able to stay at yours but love the look of it! How about Woodbarners for a name - Cairns are pretty good at rooting out vermin in barns so if you ever need a team!! Love your posts ....
Your right.. certainly not an April Fool day Our local big brewry are doing same as Fuller's..no rent etc for their landlords.. well done shepherd neame But as you said it doesn't take long for the scumbags in our society to make everyone's life a misery Our Tesco reduced it's 24 HR service...and the attached picture is what's left of the cash machines Anyway take care you two....I hope Wilson is wearing a mask as well
Definitely need to support local markets now👍 My name suggestion is "Woodfarmfans" ...... Multipurpose name too, good tongue twister to keep the homeschooled kids busy, also saves on the botox if you repeat at regular intervals
Good morning Carl. Great post again. Love reading your ramblings and rants. I have already had to cut my own hair as my appointment was booked for the Saturday after lockdown! Having a short hairstyle is not good for self cutting. However, I sent a pic to my hairdresser and got the seal of approval. I sincerely hope I don’t have to do that too many times! I shall be taking my dog for a walk to the local cottage bakery tonight for some fresh bread. They have an honesty box outside the house so no contact required. I always message thanks to them though. It feels wrong not saying thank you to the lovely people providing my food. The lockdown is tough at times. I’m a single mum to my nine year old son with Autism (also have a 25 year old son who lives in and works in Bristol) who has a teaching assistant with him at all times at school and now requires me to keep him on task to do his school work. I’m also working from home, fulfilling my School Business Manager duties, well trying to. The great thing is seeing my son and our dog bonding in a way I’ve not seen before. The pic is how I found them when all went quiet and I went to see what they were up to! Hopefully the Department for Education will cut me some slack with the deadlines for returning financial reports. 😬🤞🏻
We could be Wilsonettes! xx
“Woodbarmies” we are all going to be barmy (yorkshire thing) after this! Enjoy your updates, they make me laugh! Looking forward to the quiz! You’re doing a great job looking after Wilson and the community! Stay safe and sane x
The Wilsons of Woodfarm! Sounds quite grand! 😁
Day 8 of Lockdown in the UK - 31st March 2020
Hi all. First things first. I took the photo last night, not this morning! I do NOT drink red wine for breakfast! I wanted to raise a glass to our fab NHS staff around the country. So I did.
James, one of our resident Ambulance drivers had his birthday yesterday. He celebrated by working from 6am to 4pm and then coming back here to Woodfarm Isolationville. I offered to play i-Spy through the Barn window last with Grace, our resident Radiographer in another barn last night but I think she thought I was mad! No pleasing some people!
I also had a mate send me a pic of is Daughter yesterday, as she was just going into yet another day on the NHS frontline. She was in full hazmat with mask and visor. I’ve know her since she entered this world. It’s a sobering thought that none of us had any idea back then, that one day she would join the NHS and spend her days dressed like this, fighting on the frontline of a global pandemic. And it's her birthday too!
We are all seeing NHS staff every day taking risks to look after us and I know we are all grateful beyond words to them all. Can we please give our own thanks once again to these incredible humans and all of their colleagues?
Anything I say now is just pathetic and insignificant. So I’ll kick it off by telling you the most pathetic and insignificant thing I did yesterday! I untaxed my little classic car. I’ve had this lovely Mercedes SL for years but I simply don’t drive it any more, and I feel guilty! It’s been sitting on my drive, unloved for the last three years. Why do we call it an it, and not a her? My boat is a her. So why not this little beauty? Yep, too much time on my hands now.
I decided after much guilt and deliberation to get it (her?) ready to sell, having it (I’m not going to keep doing the ‘her’ thing!) fully valeted and having some mechanical work done. The final thing that needs doing is a problem with the hydraulic pump on the electric hood. I taxed it a couple of weeks ago as it’s been SORN for a few years, just so I could drive it to a Mercedes workshop. I taxed it for 6 months, took it to the garage and they didn’t fix it. Just told me it would need a new pump. So I drove it home. Now the poor little thing is in lockdown with everyone else. As I now can’t get it fixed, I figured I’d untaxed it to save money.
Wow, I just read that back. I’m sure I used to be more interesting than this?!?!?!?! Has my life got this boring? Please shoot me if that’s it for me now! Is that the level? My new normal? I wouldn’t even talk to me given the choice!
That aside, I still don’t understand the car tax system or the need for it. It’s a waste. All they have to do is add up the amount of money they take in tax in a year, add some for evasion, then divide it by the number of litres of fuel sold and add that figure to the price of fuel as a tax. Zero evasion and zero admin!
Then get all the tax staff doing something else and everyone’s a winner, taxing those who use the roads more. I use the roads a fair bit. Why shouldn’t I pay more than the old boy who does his Coop run once a week in his all new Vauxhall Corsa? I know there are complications and I think that there could be concessions for commercial vehicles, but it’s gotta be simpler and cheaper to run, than the system they have in place? Sorry if I’m oversimplifying an entire Government department!
After answering my Dear Diary responses yesterday (which I thoroughly enjoy doing, thank you) Wilson and I managed to get out for a great bike ride down to Coddenham and back up through Crowfield. The downhill fast bits are definitely more fun and easier than the uphill bit aren’t they? Why is that? It is very hilly around here! We shot a video before we went, wearing our new Snoods. If you haven’t seen it, it’s very scary, go to yesterday’s post!
I managed to hit the gym too. Well, my dusty, messy garage with it’s new multi-gym anyway. I took my bluetooth speaker in there to give it ambience and it was great. The equipment isn’t as good as my usual gym but there are fewer people in there. I found myself thinking about all the people I know in the gym. It’s strange isn’t it how we become accustomed to seeing people in our daily or weekly routines. Some are just people we say hello to and some we just nod at. But all of a sudden these people aren’t in my life any more. For the time being at least. I miss them. Even my trainer Dan, who is evil. I’m looking forward to getting through this and getting back in the gym to see all the familiar faces. My home gym is a bit lonely and there are a LOT of cobwebs! Can anyone name me a song with ‘familiar faces’ in it? Gold Star to the first one!
Well, I did lots of work type stuff yesterday too.
As it was Monday I decided I’d get my head back into ‘work-mode’ too. Most of last week it was fire-fighting and dealing with all the cancellations, which was, as I have documented, really depressing! To watch everything fall away through no fault of your own is quite a challenge. Anyway, I’m not moaning, I’m just saying. I have my (comparative) health and I’m confident that my business is strong enough to get through to the other side, providing it doesn’t drag on. Mind you, according to his Trumpness, it’ll all be over in about 4 weeks from now. He has moved that estimate from Easter. What a flipping pillock!
So, to work. My colleague Andrew is still diligently beavering away from his bunker in Ipswich, and Jen is doing the same in her hideaway in Felixstowe. Between us we make up the Woodfarm Marketing team. And as I think I may have touched on, priorities have shifted somewhat. When I say shifted, I mean the lean, mean, Woodfarm Marketing machine has ground to a halt, put it’s handbrake on, stuck it in neutral, put it’s feet up on the dashboard, lowered it’s stetson over it’s face and taken a nap. An indefinite nap.
But we do have lots of ideas that we are working on still behind the scenes. There are a number of things that we were planning to enhance the experience of a Woodfarm stay, so we are still looking at getting some of those ideas geared up for when the floodgates are opened once more. I won’t go into detail here as we’ll unveil this sort of stuff later, when it’s appropriate.
We aren’t doing any advertising as I’ve said. What’s the point? I might do one or two stupid videos though and perhaps even a Facebook live, showing you around if you’d like that. This will not be advertising, it’ll be shenanigans. I have no desire or motivation to try to entice you to take a break you can’t take!
But we are going to try to focus on having some fun in the meantime if you’re all up for that?
I thought that maybe some of you might want to come on a virtual holiday? I could take you on a tour of the Barns. I know you can do it on our virtual tours but I’d be happy to show you round anywhere you want to be taken. We could even put our feet up and have a cuppa maybe?
I have noticed a lot of small businesses, including some in my industry, sending out letters of self-importance “from the Director”. That stuff cracks me up! Richard Branson yes. Alan Sugar yes. These huge organisations have figureheads, who are releasing statements about their company and how they’re adapting to this terrible virus. But I do crack up at those with a small business who feel that the nation is waiting for their view. Why are so many companies are giving their opinion?
I‘m the last person you should be seeking direction from in this, and so are those people. Last time I looked I wasn’t a medical expert or a politician, or a leader of men and women. So why are these people releasing their statements?
I’m just sharing my thoughts on the impact this is having on my life, my business and my friends, and trying to have a laugh at the same time. Oh and a rant. I do like a rant. I haven’t really ranted today! I feel my standards are slipping. Though I did just have a mini-rant (would that be a rantling or a rantette?) about statements on coronavirus from ‘The Director’!
We did do a poll about what sort of stuff you wanted and most of you wanted shenanigans and mullarkey, with a goodly dollop of piffle thrown in for balance. I’ll admit this diary isn’t our usual twaddle, but I feel I’m delivering to an extent. And ya know what, I’m just doing me best like all the other decent folk so cut me some slack ok?
Right, Wilson and I are off to do food deliveries to the elderly and isolated of Bungay. Earsham Street Delicatessen are continuing to do an amazing job for their community, so we will be loaded up today with bread, butter, eggs, milk, cheeses, meats and lots of other goodies.
Please do keep following, liking and commenting as it really does help. You'd think Wilson would be able to respond whilst I'm driving but he just sits there looking out the window!
From Wilson and me, have a good day and we’ll see you tomorrow. We’ll take some pics whilst we’re out.
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Morning Carl and Wilson! Good luck on the deliveries today. Let’s have a look at the Merc .. she sounds lovely! If we didn’t have 4 cars already we might be tempted! Shhhh .. not a whisper to the car mad hubby 😉
Mad World.....’all around me are familiar faces, worn out places’. There’s your song. 😊
Have a good day Carl & Wilson👍🏻The highlight of my day here will be the bin men collecting our rubbish although I’ve made a sign to say thankyou to them too as it would be a nightmare if all the rubbish piled up but who knows that might still happen. Stay safe x
Here’s another one for you “I miss them golden days I could trust not fight Now it hits me right between the eyes Familiar faces, rallying 'round a lie” By Incubus - who 😬 ? Terrible grammar ! Glad you have Wilson to keep you sane 😀
Enjoy the trip out with Wilson, at least he's not a back seat driver 🤣🤣🤣 Today I may do a little bit more painting 🎨 so be ready for an update tomotrow
I think a virtual tour would be lovely! 🙂
I’m intrigued now, a rare glimpse inside Carl’s barn! Is it part of the original farm house, a converted barn or a new build barn?
Another great post. Thank you. Oh, Mad World has familiar faces. Rather apt with the current situation. 😊
Thank you Carl for putting a smile on my face again this morning. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself yesterday - missing spending time with my kids and grandkids and, like you, missing all those 'familiar faces' from my 'normal' life. Keep up the shenanigans and mullarkey - it's just what we all need right now. 😊
Hi. A shenannigan type virtual tour sounds great, I look forward to that, its lovely that you are delivering to vulnerable people , kindness is much needed at this time, Yes a glass raised to show appreciation to our amazing NHS is lovely ,if only those in power had done enough to support our NHS before this, always ,in need of equipment ,resources, to help with our daily work, and staff retention, well ,,,,what can I say. As always enjoyed your diary entry. Thank you, Wilson doesn't know me also but please send him my luv he looks pretty "Stoney faced atm " ,,,,
Morning Deli-boy, need help. What can i use for 'X' in my deli phonetic alphabet?
As a former enforcer of car tax I have been saying that for over 30 years!
Morning Wilson. .. oh and to Wilson’s chauffeur! Love your classic Mercedes - our other car is one too but not a classic. Took my TT out to Morrison’s and back yesterday. So exciting. Only stalled it once..shame it was in front of the patiently waiting shoppers queue 😕 - not so cool after all! 😎 (I’m having to get used to changing gear again after driving automatics for last 6 years!). Have a good day delivering essentials I’m sure you’ll be a welcome sight to the recipients- at a minimum 2mtr distance of course. X
Love your posts they make me laugh each day 🤣, and flipping pillock, haven't heard that saying for years. Lovely that you are helping Earsham Deli, I lived in Bungay since I was 11 and Suffolk so know it well, although now I don't, I live in the Channel Islands but come back 5 times a year, or at least I did before all this ☹️, to see my families. Take care x
Morning Carl. Have you invented a tandem for you and Wilson yet. If not maybe that could be on your ‘to do’ list for later in the week. 🙂 When you next have a distance conversation with your resident health staff please pass on all our gratitude. What an amazing bunch of people they all are (used to be one of them so a bit biased 😉). Anyway, because I know how popular your ‘rants’ are - if there’s any competent sewers amongst your fan base I’d like to direct them to a Facebook page ‘For The Love of Scrubs’. We’re very busy home sewing scrubs and hats for medical staff on the front line of which there is a real need across the country. If people can’t sew but would still like to help there is a crowdfunding page to purchase fabric to help sewers who cannot afford buy themselves. Many of us are doing so. Hope you don’t mind but we’re just using any forum we’re involved in to spread the word. Thankyoooou 😊. Happy 🚵♀️
Keep up the good work with the Deli- veries Carl & Wilson ( I hope you are putting him on a wage ? 😁)....
Keep making us smile! Have a good day x
Gosh Carl, you posted that an hour ago and by the time I got to the bottom there were 38 comments already and it’s not because I’m a slow reader! Yes, it’s a Mad World even though there’s familiar faces in it. Good on you for keeping us going with a daily post, I can tell you it’s so much better than reading a newspaper so keep up the good work and, to be honest,I wouldn’t judge you if you were having a glass of red for breakfast 😉🍷
Love a tour with shenanigans
I look forward to reading this every morning before starting work with a cuppa! Have a good day, stay safe x
Good morning C. Scott... Once again enjoyed reading your diary.. Starts my day off brilliantly... Oh yes..song that includes the words.. "familiar faces"... Didn't it just have to be "Mad World".. How appropriate is that? 😲 Kisses to Wilson.. He's such a handsome devil!! 😉X
Would love a virtual tour; perhaps we could simultaneously step into our hot tubs too! You might want to think about creating a range of hats for Wilson too in order to cope with our various weather conditions. He’ll definitely need sunglasses for the summer. (Can’t really believe I’ve just written that).
Oh dear not the alcohol, surely it's not got to that yet 😢, mind you a few of them and lock down will be a welcome distraction 😂
Be safe my friend a tour would be great , how about some life size cardboard cut outs for the gym lol 😂
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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 😉😁
Brilliant... love a good Snood ... or is that 😴 snooze . Lol 😂 xx
That’s all for now folks. As you can tell, we are very excited about this new chapter in Woodfarm History.
Do have a good look around this part of our site and keep your eyes peeled as we add updates. We’ll be posting renovation news as it happens.
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