Holiday cottage in Tuscany, Italy

luxury dog friendly holiday cottage in Tuscany

From The Suffolk Holiday Barns & Barges experts…. A Tuscan Cottage available Spring 2020….

What?

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.

When?

  • 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

Why?

  • 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”

Holiday Cottage in Tuscany near Bagni Di Lucca

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.

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The location of our Tuscan Holiday Cottage in the Garfagnana Valley
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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”

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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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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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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. 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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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 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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