Red and yellow and pink, no grey!

April 13, 2016

We’ve been showing a lot of people around: friends, family, food/fire/hotel inspectors, telecom engineers, Times journalists. They all want to have a good look at what we’ve done and they all seem to have a bit of an opinion on colour. Who knew that a yellow bath would cause so much excitement! And that our shower […]


Would you like breakfast with that bed?

March 25, 2016

Remember Bill Bryson’s Mrs Smegma in Dover with her counterpane and her rules? There was, ‘I’m going out shortly so may I ask that you vacate your room?’ Bill was confused. ‘I’ve just got here.’ Its different now. B&Bs don’t make you sit at a tiny breakfast table staring at chipped crockery and trying not to […]


Weather obsessed

January 21, 2016

That reputation that we Brits have for talking constantly about the weather is justified, we now know. Up here (I sometimes talk about England as another place somewhere far south) in farming country there’s good reason to be weather obsessed; life revolves around it. But the last few months of heavy rain have taken their […]


The Malabar

December 13, 2015

We didn’t quite manage it on our own, but somebody who knows a lot about these things pointed out that India kept coming up in conversation, and that it needed to form a part of the identity of our brand. We’ve been looking for a tea supplier for months because we want to serve the […]


A rare sighting: a brand is born

December 9, 2015

Well not in these parts exactly, but this rare Malabar squirrel was spotted in the trees of the bungalow where Graham grew up in the High Range tea estates in Kerala, India when we visited last year. When we stumbled on this photograph the other day it reminded us how big a part India has […]


Get off my land!

September 29, 2015

It all sounds very idyllic, moving to the country, but I suppose that unless you grew up on a farm (or even knew someone who did) you are going to fall out of line before too long. Dog #2 has arrived and it was all going very well until I got a bit carried away […]


Cautley Spout to Garths

June 26, 2015

Cautley Spout. The UK’s highest waterfall Cascading a mighty 650 feet. Down onto a glacial valley below The path up the side of the waterfall is very steep but helped by stone steps for most of the way.     Above the waterfall a path follows the stream up to its source just below the […]


Time for a change

June 2, 2015

The Lappins have come home! Gone are the pinstripe suits and its on with the apron and marigolds: from banking in Bombay we have decided to set up a bed and breakfast in Cumbria.  We have bought a small farmstead at the foot of the Howgill Fells on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and are […]


Up The Spout

May 26, 2015

Fiona and Pluto up Cautley Spout, England’s highest waterfall. It tumbles an impressive 650 ft down from The Calf, in the Howgill Fells. Please follow and like us:


Brrrr, it’s freezing here Mum!

February 16, 2015

Not yet acclimatised to the British weather, Hannah ‘enjoys’ a bracing stroll in the Howling Howgills Please follow and like us: