Summer Fun in Clun

Summer Fun in Clun

The weather was kind for the Clun Carnival a celebration that lasts for a full week of events and is great fun for young and old , residents and visitors alike. Held every year at the beginning of August it is a great opportunity for the community to have some fun and to enter vegetables, baking, floristry and craft classes. As you can see from the photograph above I did get a little carried away entering the cookery section!! The great thing is that you get to eat your entries afterwards. I do share and all of the cottages were force fed cake!

Not only are there events on the Saturday but leading up to Carnival Day there is an art and craft show, a folk music evening, tractor pull and the aptly named Clun Canter – not a horse in sight ( except the pub !) but a 5.2 mile run starting and finishing at The White Horse.

We have both been busy training the dogs and competing with them. No rosettes but I had a nice time on the moors in Wardle, Lancashire and Peter has been to Bridgwater in Somerset to compete and also to a training weekend in Devon. We both go to Howard Kirby in Andover ( Mullenscote Dog Training ) once a month if possible. He has helped me enormously with my “girl” and is putting Peter on the right path. Please note it is the humans who need the help to stop confusing the poor dogs!!

Before you ask yes I did quite well with my culinary entries but not with the cakes that I liked the best ! Well there you are it is all a matter of taste!

Late Availabilities

THE BOTHY –  nothing at present

THE GATEHOUSE  has availability from 14th September for 1 week at £472 saving £53.

KEEPER’S COTTAGE a 3 night break from Friday 13th September at £256.

Some of What’s On in the area.

August.

23rd July – 14th September Canwood Gallery (Herefordshire) Nicole Farhi and Friends. 17th -18th Steam Weekend at Blists Hill. 17th Aug – 14th Sept St Ives and Beyond – Art Exhibition Quality Square Ludlow. 21st – 30th Ludlow Art Society Summer Exhibition 23rd – 26th Shrewsbury Folk Festival. 24th – 25th Oswestry Hot Air Balloon Festival. 25th – 26th Shrewsbury Steam Rally.  30th Falconry Day at Hawkstone Park Follies.  30th – 1st September Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Gala Weekend.

September 

1st -29th The Rodd – Its Architecture, People and Landscape ( see Ludlow.org.uk) 6-7 Sunset Cinema Telford Town Park 8th Garden Party Hawkstone Follies 13th -15th Ludlow Food Festival  14 Proms & Prosecco in the Park , Chetwynd Deer Park, Newport 14th -15th The White House Heritage Open Day Aston Munslow Nr Craven Arms. 20th -22nd Redlake Valley Artists Exhibition, Chapel Lawn.  30th Shrewsbury Coracle World Championships, Quarry Park ,Shrewsbury.

October

3rd-6th Arcadia Music Festival Ludlow 4th-5th Shropshire Oktoberfest in Shrewsbury 6th Shrewsbury Half Marathon 9th & 24th Ludlow Races 12th Apple Orchard Afternoon Tea at Hawkstone Park Follies 25th Ludlow Male Voice Choir at Ludlow Brewery

November

2nd Blists Hill Firework Night – Ironbridge 14th & 25th Ludlow Races 23rd – 24th Ludlow Christmas Medieval Fayre

December

4th & 18th Ludlow Races 7th – 8th & 14th – 15th Victorian Christmas at Blists Hill Ironbridge.

Details of all the above events plus more can be found on the following websites www.shropshiretourism.co.uk www.ludlow.org.uk www.shropshire-events-guide.co.uk (Virtual Shropshire)

Not All Work – Some Play!!

Not All Work – Some Play!!

Not my usual type of picture for our blog page but just to prove that it is not all work here ( even if that is gardening ) we do get out to play as well. Peter has been training the new puppy and entered her for her first test in May. He achieved a fourth place in a field of sixteen so well done him !! And Taz of course. To celebrate we had a great lunch at the Cliffe Hotel , Ludlow. It was a delicious experience. The hotel is tucked away over Dinham Bridge and is definitely a “hidden gem”. Our food was delicious and imaginative. the Chef having previously worked at Mr Underhill’s ( which is now closed ) one of Ludlow’s Michelin Starred Restaurants. It is quite apparent that he has not lost his flair. They have a programme of special evenings some of which team them up with The Fish House a fresh fish shop in Ludlow. Certainly worth a look. Where next for another great lunch! Peter will have to increase his gym attendance.

Garden News

It is just over a week to go until the Open gardens and the weather has not been very kind to us. Heavy rain has flattened some plants and some buds are going brown and rotting without opening. Having said that the forecast is much better for the week ahead and I hope that an increase in temperature and some sun will bring everything out at the right time – including this fair weather gardener who looks at the borders and thinks ” maybe tomorrow”!!!

And Indoors

Indoors we have replaced the settees in The Gatehouse. The big leather settee has gone to another home and we have replaced it with two x two seaters. I have found that this gives more flexibility and by adding another lamp much better lighting. I am always amazed by how small changes can really alter the feel of a room. I hope that everyone will like it too.

Late Availabilities

THE BOTHY –  available for 3 nights from the 19th for 3 nights at £211.


THE GATEHOUSE  has availability from 19th August for 4 nights at £330 saving £37.


KEEPER’S COTTAGE  nothing at present.

Some of What’s On in the area

Here are some of the events that are on during 2019 in our area over the next few months  


August

1st Burwarton Show. 3rd Shropshire Food Fair at Craven arms Discovery Centre. 9th – 10th Shrewsbury Flower Show.    17th -18th Steam Weekend at Blists Hill. 23rd – 26th Shrewsbury Folk Festival. 24th – 25th Oswestry Balloon Festival.               

Later in the year

13th – 15th September Ludlow Food Festival

23rd/24th November Ludlow Christmas Fayre

Ludlow Races throughout the year January – May / October – December.


Details of all types of events can be found on Clun, Shrewsbury and Ludlow’s own websites and also at Virtual Shropshire and Shropshire Tourism

Whatever the weather!!

Whatever the weather!!

It has been a beautiful week – a joy to be in the garden and walk the dogs, although that is a pleasure whatever the weather.

I spent a great weekend ( well Friday night home Saturday evening) in County Durham grouse pointing with Vita. It was too far for a day trip so I went up the night before. My first try at this aspect of working her and tests her ability to find game. She has to let me know where the bird is by pointing, then sitting as the bird takes off. This time we didn’t achieve a grading but Vita had a great time and it was a super day out on the moors for me. Peter stayed home with the other two dogs and took part in the end of season skittles final .The team lost by 3 points which was so close but there is always next year. My trip away made me very aware of how lucky we are to have such a wide range of beautiful countryside on our doorstep – rolling hills and pastureland, woods , rivers and moorland.

This week the weather has been in stark contrast to last week which is a shame as we had a friend staying! Didn’t dampen our enthusiasm just meant that on two days instead of country walks it was snowball fights!!! The dogs absolutely loved it and went wild. We still managed an afternoon at Arley Arboretum . I don’t know why we hadn’t been before and we will definitely visit again. A wonderful garden ranging from a  formal Italian style area with fountains to wildlife ponds.Lots and lots of beautiful trees both large and small. We had booked afternoon tea and were not disappointed fresh sandwiches, delicious cakes and an endless supply of tea. Maybe we should have eaten first and walked it off afterwards!

Enjoyed a very good meal at The Crown in Clunton before our friend went home. This pub has gone through a few ups and downs over the last year but I hope that the current tenants will gain support as they really deserve to. We all agreed that the dishes we chose were delicious so came home happy and content. Looking forwards to our next visitors so we can venture out and enjoy some more attractions and meals.

These are our LATE AVAILABILITIES for the next four weeks

THE BOTHY –   available from Sunday 16th June for 3 nights at £211. Then from Friday 28th June for a week at £350.

THE GATEHOUSE  available from Tuesday 25th June at £330 for 4 nights and again from Saturday 6th July for a full week at £472

KEEPER’S COTTAGE  available from Saturday 6th July at £427.

Here are some of the events that are on during 2019 in our area over the next few months

15th / 30th June Ludlow Fringe Festival ( arts festival)                                   15th June Vintage Vehicle and Steam Rally Oswestry
16th June Ludlow secret Gardens – a great opportunity to see behind the houses lining the streets of Ludlow not only the gardens but how the buildings all mesh together.
22nd/23rd June Clun Gardens Open                                                                   29th/30th June Shrewsbury Food Festival.

9th / 10th August Shrewsbury Flower Show

13th – 15th September Ludlow Food Festival

23rd/24th November Ludlow Christmas Fayre

Ludlow Races throughout the year January – May / October – December.
Details can be found on Clun, Shrewsbury and Ludlow’s own websites and also at Virtual Shropshire and Shropshire Tourism

Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019

Well the Christmas decorations are packed away for another year and all the leftovers are eaten ( except for the Christmas cake – any offers!) so it is welcome to 2019 and let’s hope for another lovely Summer when we can sit in the garden and enjoy the sunshine, the views and let the outside world pass by – if only for a short time.

It maybe a quietish time for holidays but we take advantage and get out the paintbrushes , cleaning rugs and catching up with all the little bits and pieces that can’t be done during our busier times.

We are looking forward to being able to welcome guests – old and new- throughout 2019.

These are our LATE AVAILABILITIES for the next four weeks

THE BOTHY –   March 29th or 30th for a week  @ £265 , the last of the low season rates. 5th or 6th April for either 6 or 5 nights @ £284 / £252. Finally from Sunday 14th April for the first Easter week at £350.

THE GATEHOUSE  from April 7th for 6 nights at £384 and from Saturday April 20th for 6 nights at £424

KEEPER’S COTTAGE  from Good Friday or Easter Saturday for a week at £427.

Here are some of the events that are on during 2019 in our area.

4th May Field to Fork – Shrewsbury

5th/6th May Clun green Man Festival

4th – 12th May Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival – 50 free walks 2-21 miles www.ironbridgewalking.co.uk

11th/12th May Ludlow Spring Festival

15th/19th May Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival

26th/27th May Walcot Hall gardens

7th /8th June Tosca – Opera a la Carte in the ballroom at Walcot Hall

15th / 30th June Ludlow Fringe Festival ( arts festival)

16th June Ludlow secret Gardens – a great opportunity to see behind the houses lining the streets of Ludlow not only the gardens but how the buildings all mesh together.

22nd/23rd June Clun Gardens Open

29th June Shrewsbury Food Festival.

9th / 10th August Shrewsbury Flower Show

13th – 15th September Ludlow Food Festival

23rd/24th November Ludlow Christmas Fayre

Ludlow Races throughout the year January – May / October – December.

Details can be found on Clun, Shrewsbury and Ludlow’s own websites and also at Virtual Shropshire and Shropshire Tourism.

Summer Sun in Clun

Summer Sun in Clun

At last we are enjoying a run of good weather and thanks to the Green Man the sun has been shining over the Clun valley and the forecast is good. All our indoor jobs are completed and we are really proud of Keeper’s new bathroom and the bedroom carpet. Time to get out into the garden, there are a few gaps so I need (!!!) to go to the garden centre. October’s pots have lasted well and the violas are still going strong but I do feel that I need to get some more vibrant colour to complement what is in the garden. We are about two to three weeks behind so I am crossing my fingers that the roses will be late enough to feature when the garden is open for the Church in June (24th Clun Gardens Open – lots of hidden treasures to explore plus plants to buy and afternoon tea).

I have been very remiss in not completing this blog earlier but life has been busy and nice weather is too much of a temptation – outside is so much better than in! The cottages are busy and our guests are enjoying sitting out with their feet up after a day sight seeing or walking. The garden pots are planted up with geranium and lobelia, most of the beds are weeded and believe it or not one of  the water butts has run dry already.

Those who know me well know that I compete in Working Tests with our younger Spinone and having progressed into the Open group, training has been my main priority this year as the transition from Novice to Open can only be described as a total shock! I have taken part in one test with mixed results, Vita is a total swimaholic but on the day when I asked her to cross some water to retrieve a dummy she looked at me as though I was completely mad. Ah well that’s dogs for you.

Late Availabilities.

The Bothy is available from the 24th October for 4 nights at £185 .

The Gatehouse has one late availability from the 20th October for 4 nights at £298 .

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on over the next few months
More details for the listed events can be found at www.shropshire-events-guide.co.uk ( by virtual Shropshire) and www.ludlow.org.uk

August 10th – 11th Shrewsbury Flower Show

August 12th Ludlow Magnalonga

August 24th – 27th Shrewsbury Folk Festival

September 7th – 9th Ludlow Food Festival

 

Hooray Spring is Here !!!

Hooray Spring is Here !!!

At last I can report that Spring has arrived in Shropshire and at Pooh Hall – hooray!!! It has been lovely to be able to get out into the garden without numerous layers of clothing and waterproofs. I tried to photograph my first sighting of a bumble bee but he buzzed off ( !!! ) so there are just some daffodils and chinoxia. The grass is beginning to grow and hopefully we will have some lambs in the fields next to Pooh Hall before long, then it truly will be Spring.

Peter has continued with his DIY upgrades around Pooh Hall and has just completed the dog shower. He has moved it to a more sheltered spot and provided steps for the dogs to reach the shower tray. Thank you to Lynda, Ian and their two dogs for road testing the new facilities and their helpful suggestions to make it more user friendly ( sorry to Lynda for getting wet first time out – problem solved with a splash back at the front).

In a couple of weeks time the new carpet will be fitted in Keeper’s Cottage and the bathroom floor tiled , then we can just look forward to welcoming our guests and enjoy sharing beautiful Shropshire and our idyllic little corner of it with you all.

Late availabilities.

I have three discounted late availabilities in June – something for everyone! All are discounted by 10% unless stated otherwise.

The Gatehouse We have one weekend break at the beginning of June at £283 from Friday 8th June departing Monday 11th June.

The Bothy due to a late cancellation this cottage is available from Wednesday 13th June for 3 nights at £211.

 

What’s on over the next few months

More details for the listed events can be found at www.shropshire-events-guide.co.uk ( by virtual Shropshire) and www.ludlow.org.uk

JUNE

June 10th Cosford Air Show

June 16th Shrewsbury Carnival

June 16th – 1st July Ludlow Fringe Festival

June 17th Ludlow Secret Gardens

June 23rd -24th Shrewsbury Food Festival

June 30th – 1st July Shropshire Family Vintage Show

June 30th – 1st July Step Back to the 40’s Severn Valley Railway

August 10th – 11th Shrewsbury Flower Show

August 12th Ludlow Magnalonga

August 24th – 27th Shrewsbury Folk Festival

September 7th – 9th Ludlow Food Festival