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Socialising with visitors and friends, and Honey cake recipe

What a fun week we have had. Firstly we have had 2 lots of guests to the B&B and then we have had friends over for Sunday lunch today

It’s great meeting new people, especially nice ones, and having the time to sit and talk, and learn about other people’s lives. How interesting it is to talk about houses, old and new, to talk about areas of the country and the benefits of country living, to compare lives and find the differences and the similarities.  One couple who came to stay were house hunting and the other couple were on a weekend break.  The weather wasn’t always clement, so we sat our guests to warm  and dry out infront of the woodburning stove whilst sipping tea and eating homemade honey cake.

Here is the recipe for honey cake, it’s really simple.



  • 170g/6oz clear honey
  • 140g/5oz butter
  • 85g/3oz light muscovado sugar (or I have used golden castor sugar)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200g/7oz self raising flour, sieved
  • water

Preparation method

1.      Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3 and butter and line the bottom of a 7in/18cm cake tin.

2.      Measure the honey, butter and sugar into a large pan. Add a tablespoon of water and heat gently until melted.

3.      Remove from the heat and mix in the flour.

4.      When fully mixed, add the beaten eggs and mix well

5.      Spoon into the cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until the cake is springy to the touch and shrinking slightly from the sides of the tin.

6.      Cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.

7.      If required you can make icing as follows:

For the icing

8.      While the cake is still warm, make the icing by mixing the sugar and honey together with 2-3 teaspoons of hot water. Trickle over the cake in whatever design takes your fancy.

Then today, after our guests had gone, I started to prepare roast lamb dinner for our friends.  We were five for Sunday lunch.  I like doing roast.  It’s not much more work cooking for 4 or 5 as it is cooking for 2.  I’m not a fancy cook but Sunday roast is a favourite.  Followed of course by homegrown  blackberry and apple crumble – delicious!!

What a social week we have had, and what a pleasure to have a break from all the work that needs to be done.

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On being inspected

Yesterday we were inspected by Bed and Breakfast Nationwide.  We hope to go into “The Little Green Book” of Bed and Breakfast for 2012 and as new entrants we had to be inspected.  This meant a major tidy up and clean and now we really need to keep it this way as we have our first B&B guests arriving at the weekend.

We had to lay the bedroom out exactly as it would be for guests, with the new bedlinen on the bed and the new towels laid out.

the guest bedroom

Then we had to lay the table out as it would be for breakfast, but without all the perishables on it.  It is surprising how much stuff you need to lay out if you are offering cereal followed by cooked breakfast followed by toast and jam etc.

The table laid for breakfast

It was quite fun really as we had bought crockery with hens on a couple of years ago in Windsor before we moved here, knowing that we would use it for the B&B, and then I bought place mats with hens on too, to match, so at last I got to put it all out.

Another view of the breakfast table

We are so looking forward to welcoming guests to our house.  Anyway the inspection went really well and we are to be included into the directory for next year, which should give us lots more exposure to potential guests and we look forward to a busy Spring and Summer 2012.

If you want to know more about our B&B visit

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The chooks on holiday!?!

I think the chooks think they are on holiday.  I’ve not had a single egg the whole of September.  The brown warrens are now 23 weeks old and should be laying.  My friend who had 6 brown warrens at the same time, from the same batch has reported up to 6 eggs a day, but ours have produced nothing.

This week we moved the poultry net and they  now have a lovely big run, with a 100 metre fence.  They seem more keen to congregate around the hen house, and haven’t ventured all the way round their new enclosure yet.

The hens pecking at corn

They do love to sunbathe – I told you they think they are on holiday!

One of the cream legbars sunbathing

They also seem keen to explore a patch of reed grass that we have left in the hen run.  I think they play hide and seek in that.

A couple of hens in the long grass

I do love to see them having a spuddle  about. (Ted’s word, meaning to scratch about, must be a west country thing).

The hens having a spuddle about

I wonder when they will get into their bird brains that they are not here on holiday, they have a job to do and that is to lay eggs!!  What am I going to feed my B&B guests?


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Neil and I are proud to present the launch of our new website, which went live today.

Please have a look at :

and let us know what  you think.

We await our first enquiries with great anticipation.

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Selling to a salesman

Today, for the first time since we have lived here, we had a visit from a door to door salesman.  He was from Anglian Windows trying to sell double glazing, but we showed him our lovely windows courtesy of Mr Ivor Watts of Watts Windows Chard, and he realised we didn’t want any more new windows.

However, Neil and I were sat out front in the sunshine and there were 2 extra chairs so he sat down and started to talk to us about our house.  We told him that we had been here 18 months and the work that we had done, and the work we had yet to do.  We talked about well water, growing fruit and vegetables and our hens.

Suddently he said, “You have your own hens! do you have any eggs for sale?”.  I was slightly bemused, but said “Yes” and went and got him half a dozen. As we are not yet running as a B&B, I did have eggs to spare. “Oh” he said, “I just love fresh eggs, I always stop and buy them when I am in the country”.

So instead of him selling us windows, we sold him eggs.  Funny how things work in the country!!

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Now that it has stopped raining we have been able to put up our new house sign.  We had it made specially with hens and bees on it, to reflect what we are about. We also have had a hanging sign made, so that it is clear from a distance which is our house, which should stop potential guests from knocking on the wrong door.  It’s quite confusing here, with the first house being Lodge Cottage, next door being The Lodge and us being Lodge House. Even the postman gets it wrong some days.

Lodge House door signnew sign above the front door of Lodge House

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more on the finished guest room

I’m still new to this blogging, and the last post only shows 2 photos so here is another one.

view of the bed in the guest room

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The finished guest room

At last the guest room for the B&B is finished.  Just in time for Neil’s sister to come and visit.  All the hard work has eventually paid off. We wanted to create a room that was comfortable and where guests feel they can just chill out.  Carole loves it, so we hope future guests will too.

view though the window of the guest room

The guest roomview of the bed in the guest room

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