A little late this year posting my blog and there are no excuses! We took an earlier holiday than our usual February dates to incorporate Peter’s birthday and a shooting day for me. Back home now and a feeling of deja vu – here we go again! This year we decided to close the cottages during January and February, which allows us to spend time decorating, sewing and doing all those little jobs that can’t be done in busier times. Peter has the paintbrushes out and I have been making cushions, marmalade and steam cleaning so it has been a busy time but without the normal pressure of the extra cleaning and ironing etc. We will see how this goes and may make it an annual event.

It hasn’t been all work though as we both continue to train and work our dogs, Peter on his shoot and myself for the fun of it. Perhaps the dogs think here we go again as well ! Taz is coming along really well and has been to the shoot as a spectator to get her used to the excitement. Meanwhile I try to put right the problems that I caused in earlier times and enjoy getting her out into the countryside and try to achieve a true Hunt Point and Retrieve ( this is the overall name of these dogs).

As a Special Offer book the first Easter week in Keeper’s Cottage 4-11 April and pay mid-season prices and save £45 ( pay £430 ) Offer only applies to a full week.

Special Offer in The Gatehouse pay mid season prices on a full week from the 4th April and save £50 ( pay £475) Offer only applies to a full week. This cottage is fully booked throughout March.

We have a late availability week in The Bothy from the 7th March at £265 for the week saving £30. Also available for the weeks of the 14th March and 21st March for a week or for a shorter break please call or email.

Here are a couple of events that are in our area later in the year:

Ludlow Food Festival is in it’s 25th Year and will be held in the castle on the 11th – 12th and 13th of September. There is an earlier Spring festival on the 16th and 17th of May.

Also in May for 4 days from the 14th – 17th inclusive is the Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival. Walks to suit all abilities around the area, have a look at the Bishop’s Castle website.

Many other events can be found at www.shropshire-events-guide.co.uk / www.shropshiretourism.co.uk / www.visitshropshirehills.co.uk