Category Archive: The Top Barn Blog

Aug 30 2017

Norfolk Wine

Humbleyard Wine

There’s so much to enjoy about wine, not just drinking it, which is of course a very satisfying thing to do, but much more besides. You can appreciate the landscape in which in the vines are grown, or the history of the vineyards and growers, experience the harvest or even explore the close links with song and dance. But for us the most satisfying thing is the way wine is so closely linked with delicious local food and produce. The enjoyment of locally produced food and drink is after all, part of our philosophy here at Top Barn.

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Jun 08 2017

Fetes and Festivals

In our corner of rural Norfolk, June and July are traditionally the months of the fete and the festival. We are very fortunate to have so many events to enjoy. Young and old alike, there is surely something for everyone. Music, art, crafts, homemade produce and an opportunity to relax and enjoy what we hope will be long, glorious sunny days and balmy evenings.

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May 18 2017

Gus and Maisie

There is a saying about dogs, ‘a Labrador is born half trained, but a Springer Spaniel dies half trained’. Gus and Maisie are Springer Spaniels – they are extremely energetic. They are not well trained and given half a chance will escape from the grounds at Top Barn and run and run and run.

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Apr 18 2017

Chickens at Top Barn

The chickens here at Top Barn are, overall, quite lucky creatures, having free access to about two acres of pasture, a large pond, hedging and a little woodland. They are, in our view, genuinely ‘free range’.

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Apr 03 2017

Two Projects

It’s April and yet again the ‘to do’ list at Top Barn is much longer than it should be. The number of jobs we have listed far exceeds the time we have available to complete them. In the last few weeks we were pleased to start two projects that have been high on the list of priorities.

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Mar 16 2017

Apple Trees

We now have twenty-two apple trees in the orchard, mostly about ten years old. For it was just over ten years now since we discovered the East of England Apples and Orchards Project, a not-for-profit company, working to ensure a future for local orchard fruits and orchards. Soon after we decided that we should join and where better to stock our new orchard?

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Feb 17 2017

Going Green

We love the idea that burning wood in our boiler and woodstove, generating electrical power with our photovoltaic cells and investing in energy efficient domestic appliances and lighting makes a difference.

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Feb 15 2017

Why start a bed and breakfast?

Living here in rural Norfolk in our converted barn is about as near to heaven as we know. The opportunity to share our Norfolk experience with others, was, in the end, irresistible. Having recently retired from our regular employment we wanted to develop a project together and have long held a dream to open our home as a rural bed and breakfast.

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