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Rave Reviews for Wymeswold's Hammer & Pincers

Posted on 19th September, 2018

Oh to be in England!

Posted on 24th April, 2018

Oh to be in England!

 

 

It has been a strange spring, one minute freezing and roads closed with snow and then sweltering in unseasonal heat as the temperatures hit the high 20s. It means that everything that had been held back in the garden is now coming together in one glorious mass of colour.

 

Now the bluebells and wood anemones are coming into their full glory and here in Rempstone we are lucky to be able to head  into Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to enjoy a glorious spring walk.

 

The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust  Bunny Old Wood is are just a short drive from Rempstone. It is a lovely walk at any time of year but especially now as the carpets of colour are lit by the sun coming through the canopy of trees.

 

www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/nature-reserves/bunny-old-wood-west

 

Into Leicestershire and another short drive takes you to The Outwoods, 110 acres of ancient woodland to the South of Loughborough and one of the oldest surviving woodland sites in Charnwood. There are a variety of different routes and walks, including an easy access path with bird feeding station and 24-hour car park.

 

www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/outwoodsinformation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather forecast was correct... snow would start to fall at Loughborough and the surrounding area at 9.00am on Sunday morning. Almost to the minute the first flakes started to fall here in Rempstone. It followed a very cold night so the ground underneath was particularly icy.

 

What to do on such a morning. My answer, turn on the One Day International Cricket from Australia - too many comments about the heat - and set to making my annual batch of Seville Orange Marmalade.

This is a real pleasure for me at this time of year.  Buying the oranges as they arrive on the market stall for a few short weeks, prepare the jars and then, set too.

 

My largest preserving pan, measuring jug,  the large stainless steel mixing bowl, for warming the sugar in the coolest oven of the AGA , and the oranges and lemons. Once assembled the oranges are washed well and then put in the pan with the water adding the lemons once they have been squeezed.  The prepared ingredients are brought to the boil and then  placed in the simmering oven for two hours or so. I took the chance to take the dog for a snowy walk  across the fields. 

 

The snow was falling at an increasing rate and muffled every sound, a really wintery scene. Arriving back at Hrempis Farm there was the most welcoming and glorious citrus aroma. It reminded me of one of those beautiful  scented candles which I love, but often hate to light as they are so expensive! 

 

Once the oranges are soft allow them to cool  and then  cut in half to scoop out the centre and to press as much of the pulp through the sieve as possible  to add to the water they have cooked in. Slice the peel thickly or thinly to your taste  and add along with the warmed sugar and reserved lemon juice.  Bring to the boil and then cook at a fast rate until the setting point is reached. This can take anything from 15 to 40 minutes.  

 

Once ready allow to cool for a few minutes then bottle in your prepared sterilised jars, cover and label. The sight of the jars filled with the beautiful golden marmalade and the lingering scent of citrus is warming and cheering. 

A very satisfying day and I feel better prepared to welcome guests to Hrempis Farm over the coming months. 

Even better England won the cricket and I am looking forward to the coming months of watching cricket at Trent Bridge.  Marmalade sandwiches anyone.........

 

Simple Pleasures Banish the January Blues

Posted on 18th January, 2018

 

 

 

 

January, not the best month of the year. The decorations are put away and the Christmas festivities are becoming a memory. So how to brighten up a wintery afternoon?

 

Light a  fire,  make a batch of scones  and serve with some cream and home made jams.  It may not be good for the waistline but the smell of baking, the crackle of logs blazing in the grate and a cup of Earl Grey really does something to waken the senses and make you think that there is light at the end of the winter tunnel!

 

I love to have a good selection of home made jams in the pantry. My current favourites are raspberry - which can be mde at any time of the year as frozen raspberries are equally as successful as fresh and some delicious apricot which incorporates some of the kernels  and vanilla pod for a beautiful distinctive flavour.

 

Decisions, decisions or why not sample both and of course you also need to decide if the cream should be spread first or the jam!

 

Now I am off to to Loughborough market to buy my Seville oranges to make the 2018 batch of marmalade which is always available on the breakfast table here at Hrempis Farm.  I am also planning on making a second batch 

incorporating stem ginger into the recipe but that is another story....

 

 

 

 

 

Rural Capital of Food....

Posted on 18th June, 2017

 

This part of the East Midlands is a real haven for foodies!  Here at Hrempis Farm we use locally sourced produce whenever possible and are lucky to have so many excellent suppliers on our doorstep. 

 

The area is famed for Stilton cheese and each diary producing  this wonderful delicacy has its own unique flavour and texture. Heated discussions can take place over the merits of Long Clawson v Colston Bassett, Cropwell Bishop over Tuxford and Tebbutt or Websters. The best solution is to taste some and see. Take a look at the Stilton website website to start your own journey of discovery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To go with a perfect Ploughman's Lunch add a slice of Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. Hand raised pastry filled with  prime pieces of pork, set in jelly and perfectly seasoned. Perfection!  The origins of the Melton Mowbray pork pie go back generations when the pork was cooked in a clay pot which was later replaced with pastry. Huntsman faced with a long day in the saddle could have a meal to tuck into. The history and development make fascinating reading. If you are interested visit the Melton Mowbray  Pork Pie Association here

 

Making the Most of Summer

Posted on 4th June, 2017

It is a very special time of year here at Hrempis Farm. The summer season is well and truly underway with lots of visitors coming to stay during the wedding season. Prestwold Hall the beautiful wedding venue, less than two miles from Rempstone is a particular favourite with wedding couples and we love to welcome their family and friends here to stay for these very special occasions. .

 

There is also plenty going on on the sporting front. Top class tennis comes to Nottingham  with the Aegon Nottingham Tennis Open which is to be held at the Nottingham Tennis Centre from Saturday,10 to Sunday,18 June. It is seen by world class players as one of the go to tournaments for a Wimbledon warm up.

www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-open-nottingham

 

 

 

Trent Bridge is famed throughout the world of cricket as an iconic test match venue.  Friday, July 14 sees the opening day of the second test with England taking on South Africa. 

 www.trentbridge.co.uk And if you have missed out on getting tickets for this  then the Cricket One Day International Series comes to the Nottingham ground on Thursday,September 21 when England will be taking on the West Indies.

 

Looking ahead a few weeks the

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is always a very special weekend for competitors and visitors to this world class event.  Starting on Thursday, August 31 it runs through until Sunday, 3rd September. Burghley is one of the highlights of the equestrian year and the setting in the grounds of Burgley House is superb. Add to this the world class shopping and it makes for a wonderful day out. www.burghley-horse.co.uk

 

Special packages are available for guests wanting to stay at Hrempis Farm  to attend these sporting events. Simply mention 'Sporting Summer 'when booking. 

Burgley Horse Trials

From Castle to Palace and Beyond

Posted on 28th February, 2017

 

 

 

We are delighted to have a new range of bathroom products for the use of guests  here at Hrempis Farm Country House Bed & Breakfast.  We have  searched far and wide to  source a range that is natural and individual and the team  at  100 Acres  has  provided the soultion  with a range are beautiful smelling products made in the English countryside using natural botanicals and essential oils.  

 

Guests are in for a real treat with the Body Wash an uplifting blend of cheery sweet orange and revitalising rose geranium essential oils to wake up dull skin and leave your body refreshed and raring to go. Post bath or shower the Body Lotion is  restorative blend of relaxing lavender & calming chamomile essential oils to soothe the skin and senses. 

 

The hair care range will suit everyone with the 100 Acres Shampoo  a purifying blend of stimulating sage & anti-oxidising lemon essential oils that leaves your hair squeaky clean and full of bounce. Finish off with the complementary conditioner a  balancing blend of invigorating clove and soothing rose geranium essential oils to leave your hair silky smooth and smelling divine.

 

Further products will be introduced,  including wonderful scented candles and Hrempis Farm  will be delighted to offer items from the range for sale to  guests as a take home treat to remember their stay in the Leicestershire countryside.

 

Find out more about this small Cotswold based company  by clicking here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham No 1

Posted on 8th January, 2016

Delighted to read in the Metro that Nottingham ranks as No 1 in the top 11 places to visit in England in 2016.

Everyone links Notingham to Robin Hood but how many have taken time to visit the city which  has a secret network of over 500 caves dating back to the Dark Ages. Nottingham Castle is not like the images known by millions from the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, but the building rebuilt after fire by the Duke of Newcastle commands an imposing position with huge views across the city and county.  Enjoy a drink at

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and  follow it up with lunch  in the cave pub The Hand and Heart.

 

If retail therapy is more to your taste, visit Paul Smith's original shop which stiull operates in Byard Lane in the city centre.  Close by  visit his flagship retail outlet in Willoughby House, a Grade II -listed building showcasing both men's and women's collections.  Ot ro rest your weary feet take in a film at the Broadway Cinema with a cinema screen room designed by Sir Paul in his signature stripe. Lots more ideaqs and information for your visit is available on line from Experience Nottinghamshre or we can give you some ideas to plan your visit during a stay here at Hrempis Farm Bed & Breakfast

Lots to Look Forward to in 2016

Posted on 7th January, 2016

Now that all the Christmas decorations have been put away here at Hrempis Farm Bed & Breakfast, it is time to turn to  one of the highlights of my January here in Rempstone. 

 

A trip to Loughborough market this morning has been 'fruitful' as I bought Seville oranges ready to make my New Year's batch of  lovely tangy golden English marmalade to serve to my guests during the coming months. There is something very comforting about filling the house with the wonderful citrusy tang of cooking marmalade. I will make other batches  inclusing a particular favourite where I add stem ginger.  Hopefully this year checking the setting point will be easier as  I have a new high tech digital thermometer  to just point at the jam pan. I will report back on its success!!

 

Many of the guests visiting the area in recent weeks have been attending weddings and events  at

Prestwold Hall, the quintissential country house just a short distance from here.  It is such a beautiful setting and  hard to believe it is only a few minutes drive from Loughborough, a real gem in this Leicestershire landscape.

 

Now that the festive season is past some guests staying here are visitors to the university campuses at Loughborough, Sutton Bonington, and Nottingham.  We are fortunate to be in the heart of such academic excellence which cover such a broad base of faculties from sport across the sciences and arts. 

 

The access to such  outstanding facilities was also part of the reason for the  acquisition of Stanford Hall as the new centre for DNRC,  the state of the art centre being developed as the centre for the rehabilitation of disabled servicemen.  When I first came to Rempstone, Stanford Hall was the Co-operative training centre  and it was a wonderful venue for  local familieis to meet up and picnic and play tennis  during the summer months.  After a few chequered years  we were delighted to learn that the  Hall and its estate  on the borders of Notts and Leics had been purchased by the Duke of Westminster and his Black Stork charity to  became this  centre of national importance.  Following months of consultation and planning, work is now well underway on the construction of the facility.  The site close to excellent communication links  with the M1, East Midlands Airport and main line rail service at Loughborough to London make it an ideal location.  The Nottingham University Hospitals and Loughborough University a centre of sports development  also added to making this the  perfect location for the centre.

 

Full details of the project and ongoing updates on its progress can be found by  logging into the website just click DNRC