I really didn’t think that at the beginning of March I would be writing this blog confined to quarters because of the snow! For the first time since we moved here in 2004 we have been unable to get out – except on foot. Having donned our coats, hats and gloves, picked up our trusty snow shovels and shovelled our way down to the by-way we found that the snow plough had not been through and the drifts on the road made it impassable for all but a few ( those whose determined efforts meant driving a 4×4 and using the bank on the roadside to get around the blockage). Having been a passenger in one of those vehicles I can truly say that it wasn’t for the faint hearted!!!. March is usually a time when the daffodils are starting to come into bud and they were, no doubt once this has melted they will resume where they left off. The thaw has started and hopefully our guests will be able to get here to enjoy the wonderful snowy views – yes it does have an upside too!!

Peter has worked really hard to finish the decorating and upgrading Keeper’s bathroom. The old bath had begun to show signs of wear and tear and wasn’t suitable for a shower but the new installation gives much more  space and allows for the shower attachment to be used as a proper shower. We are really pleased with the results and Peter has put photographs on his Facebook page. The floor is the only thing left to do and when we arrange for the carpet to be replaced in the bedroom we will do the bathroom floor at the same time.

We are ready to attack the garden just need this snow to melt!!!

Late availabilities.

I have two discounted late availabilities in April

The Bothy is available from Sunday 8th April for up to 5 nights at a cost of £252

The Gatehouse has  availability  from Friday 6th or Saturday 7th for a week at £427.

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

March 16th -18th Spring Gala – Severn Valley Railway

17th/18th Shropshire Way 80K walk from Craven Arms Discover Centre

18th Continental Motor & Vintage Tractor rally

Midlands Breakfast Club at The Britiish Iron Works Centre

Plant Hunters fair at Alderford

Guided estate walk at Chirk

19th Guided Walk Broseley, Buildwas Abbey & Benthall Edge

22nd Ludlow Races

24th Fordhall Organic Farm Spring Foraging Meander & Meal

30th Plant Hunters Fair Whittington Castle


April 1st Spring Foraging Course Burford House Nr Ludlow ( also on the 28th)

2nd Eyton Point to Point

Sheep Gold Cup Hoo Farm

7th / 8th Open House Weekend Severn Valley Railway

8th Classic cars at Whittington Castle

Wild Garlic Day Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Craven Arms

Guided Tour Stokesay Court ( also on the 17th and 22nd)

9th Ludlow Races (also the 24th)

14th The Man Engine at Blists Hill

15th Ford Hall Organic Farm Spring Fair

21st Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival

Cheese and Wine Evening Stokesay Court

22nd Secrets of Superfoods Shropshire Hills Discovery centre Craven Arms

28th Field to Fork at Harper Adams University Shrewsbury


Later in the year

May 12th Bishop’s Castle 3 Walks Round

May 12th/13th Telford Balloon & Kite Fiesta

May 12th/13th Ludlow Spring Food Festival

May 16th/20th Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival

June 10th Cosford Air Show

June 23rd/24th Shrewsbury Food Festival

July 16th – 1st July Ludlow Fringe Festival

July 17th Ludlow Secret Gardens

September 7th – 9th Ludlow Food Festival