World Curlew Day

We are so lucky to hear the curlews from our garden and keeping an eye open on a local walk you may be lucky enough to see one too!

Photo of curlew in flight
Curlew by Alan Owens

Latest on the Lockdown Lift

Well I didn't think it would be two months before the first update but here we are. We had a few delays, in part due to COVID restrictions on manufacturing, but we're making up lost time.

The new boiler's been installed and is up and running and the Cottage has been so cosy during this cold spell. John's been working hard on the kitchen revamp with new units and appliances and we've bought some new furniture, and some pre-loved that I've been upcycling.

The garden has been springing into life, one of my favourite times of year here with lots of different daffodils and the wild flowers popping through.

Harry's helped me to plant a section with Bee Bombs so hopefully we'll have a colourful border that bees, butterflies and other pollinators will love.

I've been inspecting and staining the bridge and cleaning patio furniture ...

Next stage is lots of cleaning and painting in the kitchen and living room then the fun stuff - adding all the new furnishings and kitchen equipment, can't wait!

Feels Like Spring

What a glorious day, sunshine, daffodils, birdsong, warm enough for no coat and only a month 'til we welcome our first Guests after this third (and hopefully last) lockdown. Feeling happy!

Spring sunshine . .

brings optimism and hope that we'll soon be able to travel and enjoy the beauty of the Forest of Bowland AONB and the Yorkshire Dales. Just a few photos in the garden today.

Sunshine on the stream today

The Road Map back to the Forest of Bowland AONB

Well I know it's not a road map but I've spent a long time trying to find one on t'internet that I'm allowed to use, and failed, so I've added a sunny face to this topography image to show you where we are - check out the top right hand corner. We're in the far north east of the Forest of Bowland so we're perfectly placed for exploring both our AONB and the Yorkshire Dales.

The PM's roadmap announced on Monday this week means we should be able to welcome you from April 12th, which is great news. It will apply to single households initially, with 2 households able to stay together from 17th May.

The Barn is available from 12th April and the Cottage from the beginning of May as we're still working on the refurbishment of some of the facilities. It's been a bit harder to source goods and services during lockdown and we want to get it right for you. We are grateful for the help of local businesses for plastering, electrical wiring, plumbing and boiler services as well as kitchen units and electrical appliances. I'll put some photos up as soon as we can so you can see how the improvements are progressing.

Take a look at each page for the Barn and Cottage for availability and get in touch if you have any queries. Look forward to welcoming you soon.

Take Care, Jill

View from the bridge

It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Eldroth, and so calming to have a few minutes on the bridge over Black Bank Syke taking in the sounds of the stream and the warmth of the sunshine.

Sandy shores!

Maybe lockdown is getting to me but saw this at the edge of the stream and thought of footprints on a sandy beach!

Discover Bowland

Great to meet up with everyone yesterday, albeit virtually, for the launch of the new Discover Bowland Guide and catch up on how people have been coping with and adapting to life with lockdowns. I've been reading through the hard copy we got in the post, it's full of wonderful stories of life in the Forest of Bowland AONB and top tips to make the most of your visit to the area as soon as we're allowed to welcome you again. One of the positives from 2020 is that more people have connected or reconnected with nature and the Guide shares lots of ideas to explore the area both virtually and in person, whether you're interested in walking, cycling, star gazing or sampling the delicious foods from the local area it's a place for all seasons.

Take a look at the Guide here and for more information on accommodation providers and producers have a look at Discover Bowland.

Thank you to all at Forest of Bowland and Champion Bowland for putting the Guide and website together and for all the work they do to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural beauty of the Forest of Bowland landscape and to promote sustainable tourism on behalf of local businesses.

Lockdown Lift

We're using this time in lockdown to make some changes to the Cottage. The aim is to upgrade some of the facilities, adding more modern lines while still keeping that warm, cosy, cottage feel.

John's been adding some warm oak features with a mantle over the fireplace in the living room and beams in the living room and kitchen. When the plastering's done we'll be fitting the kitchen with additional units and new appliances.