Picturesque waterfall.
Self catering Herefordshire farmhouse

We have recently renovated the house I grew up in as a child and are now offering it as self catering accommodation.  It is situated on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border on a working farm. It comfortably sleeps 12 with bunk beds and pull outs for 4 children. If you are interested, more information can be found at…

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Chair being upholstered and scattered fabrics.
Upholstery workshops

Occasionally, students send me photos of their completed upholstery projects which they have started with me and finished off at home.  Earlier this year, this particular student came for a weekend upholstery workshop where she reupholstered a pin stuff seat. Recently, she came back for a weeks course and completed this…

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Hot air balloon.
Hot Air Balloon Ride

As the nights draw in and we wake up to darkness and come home in darkness, the long summer days seem far away.  To cheer yourself up, why not start planning your holiday for next year and book a hot air balloon experience for when you stay with us?! In August, Stephen and I went up in our neighbour’s hot air balloon and…

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Colourful 'Byron&Byron' flower curtain rails.
Interiors Show

Yesterday, I had a great day at Cheltenham Race Course attending the ‘October Interiors’ show hosted by CABMFF (the Curtain and Blind Makers Friendly Forum). My top purchase was from Glover Bros, my regular upholstery suppliers – a Batavia rechargeable cordless cutter which I’ve used today – love it.  So much…

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Basic, stacked chair models of varying colour.
Paint & Upholster

I’ve teamed up with Karen at  The French Nest in Bromyard to offer a weekend of “paint and upholster” – paint your chair on the Saturday and upholster it on the Sunday.  It’s amazing what you can create. On Saturday, Karen will teach you numerous furniture painting techniques including one colour aged…

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Huntlands Farm immediate post WW1 period
Times past

I’m just housekeeping my emails and found these two photos which I obtained from a couple I met at the Bromyard Gala last year.  I did put them on our Facebook page at the time but thought for those of you who don’t follow or are members of Facebook, you might like to see them. The first is a picture of the front…

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Group of beekeepers swarming a new hive.
Buzzzzzzzzing

My local Beekeepers Association met here recently to help me with my new hives. I treated my two hives for the varroa disease and thankfully, they both came through the winter.  In March, I was pleased to see that both hives were active with bees taking in pollen.  I naively thought I had two, healthy colonies. When it came…

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Two beehives on grass.
My bees!

Having acquired my bees in November, I’ve done very little with them until now. The bees hadn’t been managed properly and of the three hives on offer, only two were okay.  The third had been wiped out with the wax moth, unbelievable sight. So my two bee hives have been sat in a corner of the garden; me patiently waiting to…

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Outside of Broadfield Court, including some outside table and chairs.
Broadfield Court

A huge thank you to Gina and Alexandra at Broadfield Court for inviting us there yesterday for a guided tour, tea, cake AND wine!  And to top it all off, the sun came out so we could enjoy sitting outside in the garden. We’ve heard of Broadfield Court but never had, or made, the time to visit before but it was so well worth…

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Decorative metal sea creatures, displayed on a metal fence.
Ralph Court Gardens

All I can say is visit these gardens as you’ll love them and you don’t have to be a garden lover to enjoy the experience. It’s one of those places that you cannot really describe in order to do it justice, you just need to visit! Mum and I went today and we were totally blown away with what is on offer there and the cream…

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