Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
There are currently road works taking place near the 'Pixie House', which is just before you reach Trewarmett, near here. The diversion takes you through Tintagel. The roadworks are supposed to be removed for Christmas, but will return in January for several months. I will put fuller details on the website in due course, but do ask me about routes.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
If you are missing the rugged Cornish coast and the castle at Tintagel, have a look at the video clip! I did not make it, I hasten to add!
We are now fully booked for Christmas, but we have availability for the New Year if you might be considering a visit this way, hope to see you.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Christmas break 2008
Fancy being looked after and spoiled over the Christmas period? Get away from it all, relax, walk and have tea by the open fire at Michael House, followed by delicious festive meals! We are offering a four night break over Christmas again this year, as follows: Arrive on Tuesday 23rd December, in time for afternoon tea by the fire and a three course evening meal. On Christmas Eve, have a leisurely breakfast. Enjoy the day as you choose and afternoon tea will again be served by the fire, and a four course evening meal will follow. On Christmas Day, another leisurely breakfast will precede a five course Christmas dinner in the early afternoon. Supper will be buffet style. On Boxing Day, there will be a light lunch after another leisurely breakfast, afternoon tea (if you can manage it!) and a four course supper. Guests will depart on the Saturday morning. Four nights, partly full board, £300 per person for the en-suite rooms, and £275 for the room with private bathroom. A single supplement will apply. Bookings for earlier or later dates will be at the normal rate.
Comments from previous Christmas guests: ‘A wonderful way to spend Christmas’ ‘What a fabulous way to spend Christmas…a brie and cranberry soufflé to die for…thanks for all the cosseting and pampering – we really needed it’
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
The picture is of Hole Beach, which is beyond the main part of Trebarwith Strand, with Penhallick Head in the background. On very low tides, you can walk round to it, otherwise there is a steep path down for the more adventurous.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Saturday, August 30, 2008
These swallows were sitting on the wires outside the kitchen window a few weeks ago, all begging for food. The one to the right is being fed by the parent on the wing. They are all flying low today, catching the insects brought out by the warmer weather and sadly, probably filling their tummies in readiness for their long flight to Africa. I always feel sad when they have gone, and start to look forward to their return next spring.
The summer flurry has calmed a little now and we have some availability over the coming weeks. We had beautiful weather today, very still and warm, with hazy sunshine.
You may have noticed that we have not increased our evening meal prices as the tariff suggests. We have kept them to £17.50, and will do so until the beginning of October, when we will make a small increase, to £18.50. But, we will also be offering our autumn breaks, three nights for the price of two, so long as evening meals are taken. This will total £239 for two people, for an-en-suite room, or £211 for the room with private bathroom. The offer will last until the end of November.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Well, it did rain a few minutes before the fete was due to begin, but turned out to be hardly anything, but the fate of the fete was sealed by the weather of the week before.
Next week, actually from Saturday 30th August, we have availability, as well as some rooms this week. I think the forecast is looking a bit better, so why not make your way west? Or east of course if you live in most parts of Cornwall, or the Isles of Scilly!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Our Treknow village fete was to be this Saturday, 23rd August. But, it has been cancelled. This is because, although the forecast is better for the coming few days, the field where it was to be held has not been cut for silage, and is not dry enough to be cut. I know that on Saturday we will be cursing, as the first rays of sun for a while inevitably shine down. We have rescheduled it for 27th September, 2pm, so do come along if you are in the area.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Well, I thought my photo was quite good, but that wasn't the view of the judge, so that was that! They have no taste. Nor about the painting, which I came third in, out of 4! I agreed that the first place was well deserved, no question, but, otherwise, I though mine was rather nice. Ho hum. But then, my tomatoes were 2nd, out of 3! And my runner bean was pipped to the post by a stonker, at least half a cm longer than mine! And now it's inedible, it has been hanging around awaiting it's big moment for so long. One year I'll win something. The trials and tribulations of village life.
This is the image I entered in the class 'trees' at the flower show, see below! I cropped it, and took out Sky, as it wasn't to be entitled 'dog and tree'. I love the twisted, gnarled trunk with something or other growing up it. It is probably quite old, but stunted by the wind and weather we get here from time to time!
I love the village flower show! It is about the only thing I get time/excited about in the annual calendar for the garden club in Treknow. It is such fun to nurture the runner bean to get it as long as possible, to select the most uniform tomatoes, and to see how they compare with the other entries in the show. And, this year we had a painting section, so I had to do a picture of the local area for that, especially so as I had suggested paintings be included. I only finished it a few minutes before taking it to the hall. My sweet peas are definitely not winners, there was a longer runner bean there, and I didn't get a cake baked or a flower arrangement done, so, not many chances of prizes really!
It is such an occasion of bonhomie and friendly competition, with the same people winning year after year but it really doesn't matter.
I will do a post later about how I have got on, or delete this entry if it is all too disastrous - eg, if I haven't even come third in a class where there are only two entries!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The weather has turned lovely today, the contrast with yesterday when it was misty and drizzly is a bit of a shock! But, this allows me to go out a little more in the garden, and all i can see, everywhere it seems, is weeds! bindweed, nettles - well, at least they are habitat - and many i know not the names of. I plan to do some work on them, soon...
Thursday, July 17, 2008
This church has been done up beautifully and sensitively and is now lived in by our neighbours.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
This is a picture of similar collared doves to Doris and David, who have taken up residency at Michael House. We love them, they snuggle together and groom each other, they have a gentle air about them, and they are not afraid when we are near to them. They issue a calming cooing sound. We hope to provide them with corn, and they seem to be eyeing us to see whether that might be our plan.
The weather at present is awful, and they must have taken cover somewhere, I have not seen them today, but, then, looking out of the window has not been my favourite occupation today, any more than sitting on telegraph wires is theirs!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
When people take picnics out for the day, I love the thought of them opening all the little packages inside and finding little surprises and enjoying the contents on some sunkissed cliff top! It reminds me of my holidays in Cornwall as a chld when we had picnic lunches from our veggie guest house. OK, OK, so the clifftops are not always sunkissed, but they are always lovely...
Monday, June 23, 2008
This is the last week of the 'three nights for the price of two' with evening meals offer until the autumn, and we have some availability. So, if you are thinking of coming to Cornwall this week, the weather forecast (apart from Weds. at the moment) is not too bad, give me a ring.
From the weekend, 28th June, I only have the room with private bathroom available until 6th July, then there is a bit more available.
This is also the last week to make bookings at the old prices for 2008, see the website for details.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Now is the time to book for the remainder of 2008, at the old prices. Our prices will increase slightly from July, see main site, but all bookings for 2008 made before July, will be honoured at the old prices. We will not be increasing our charge to collect people from the station etc., as we hope to encourage people who have chosen to arrive by train or other public transport means.
To walkers we offer free pick up and collection from eg. Boscastle, Port Isaac and Tintagel, so long as you are staying fro 2 nights or over.
I want to pick all the elderflowers I see and make them into lovely elderflower cordial. This would be difficult this year, as it seems to be a bumper year for elderflowers. I have made one lot so far, and have another, double quantity nearing readiness for bottling. i will freeze some and the rest will be there for drinking by guestsd and us, immediately.
The recipe I use, taken from the internet, www.keirg.freeserve.co.uk/diary/fruit/elder.htm
20 elderflower heads, wahsed thoroughly adn picked far from busy roads
1 lemon, sliced
2tsp citric acid
3 and a half lbs white sugar
2 and a half pints boiling water
Put all the dry ingredients in a clean pan. Pour boiling water over. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover with a cloth or lid. Stir twice daily for five days (if you don't, the lemon on top will go mouldy - I know, I did it!!). Strain and bottle in clean, sterile bottles.
Pop some in the freezer, in plastic bottles, don't fill to the brim, and the bottles in the fridge can be kept for around 2 weeks.
Apart from diluting with tap or mineral water, you could try diluting it with lemonade, and serve it with slices of lemon and sprigs of mint. Add gin and soda water, or vodka. Make diluted cordial into a sorbet. I have not tried any of these ideas!
Enjoy making this before the flowers decide to become elderberries, which may have already happened in some areas of the country.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Since reading about the Viva! turtle campaign in 'New Leaves' (no 87, July, August, September 2007)- the Movement for Compassionate Living's quarterly publication, I have not stepped inside a Tesco store. We did once buy Tesco petrol, but we did not think the AA would be very sympathetic with our reason for running out of petrol. I am approaching my first anniversary of non attendance at Tesco. The horrors of the treatment of the turtles, which are sold in the Far East Tesco shops and which cannot be slaughtered humanely, still upset me, but I think I would now be unlikely to return to Tesco even if I heard that they had stopped this barbaric practice, so much does Tesco not exist for me in my planning of where to buy what I need, and so uncomfortable am I in general with their market domination. On a recent visit to Bristol, we passed perhaps 40 Tesco trucks, and only a smattering of other supermarket lorries. We have adopted a hissing reflex when we pass a Tesco van or lorry, a lighthearted way of alleviating the tension the sight of them induces.
This is Daymer Bay, where we had a short walk recenlty. The sea seemed almost as turquoise as around St Ives and Sennen areas.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
If you are thinking of coming to Cornwall over the next few weeks, we do have availability, and we are again offering our 'three nights for the price of two with evening meals' offer.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
We do have some availability over the next few weeks, and the weather has improved out of all recognition recently.
If you are thinking of coming to Cornwall, don't forget our 'three nights for the price of two' offer, making a total cost of £225 for a double en-suite room, including evening meals, until the end of June.
We hope to see you soon.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Unfortunately, it has become untenable to keep the prices at their current rate. I have not had a full review of prices since we arrived at Michael House, over four years ago. All bookings for 2008 made before the end of June will be honoured at the old prices. I will continue to offer spring and autumn offers on the 'three nights for the price of two with evening meals' basis.
Tariff, as from 01.07.08
Double or twin en-suite £34.00 per person per night, bed and breakfast
Double, or twin, en-suite
two nights or over £32.00 per person per night, b and b
Double, private bathroom £27.00 per person per night, b and b
Double, private bathroom
two nights or over £25.00 per person per night (note, no price increase!)
child, 10 or under half adult price
additional child or adult in
fold up bed half adult price
Tiny child, in own or our cot, £5.00
single supplement £10 per night
Meal, three course £20.00 per person
Meal any two courses £15.00 per person
Children, ten and under,
three course meal £12.00 per child
children, 10 and under,
2 course meal £10 per child
Picnic, all ages £7.00
corkage £5.00 per bottle
Dog £10 per visit per dog
Deposit £25 per room booked
10% reduction on five night stay or over, other offers do not apply. Applies to bed and breakfast only
15% reduction on five night stay or over, on production of Viva, Vegetarian Society, Animal Aid or Vegan Society card. Applies to B and B only.
Three nights for the price of two, with evening meals, £248, double en-suite room, or £220, room with private bathroom. This is a saving of £64 or£50. This offer applies from the beginning of April until the end of June, and from the beginning of October to the end of November, excluding Bank Holiday weekends. It applies to double or twin occupancy of rooms only. More than one of these offers can be taken in succession. It is only offered with the inclusion of evening meals.
40p a mile. Bodmin Parkway, £15 per trip, total. People walking the coast path and staying for two nights or over, will be taken to and collected from e.g. Boscastle, Tintagel and Port Isaac at no cost.
We offer a four night, partially full board Christmas break for £300 per person, or £275 for the room with private bathroom. Please ring or email to discuss this.
Thank you for reading this far!
I have put off doing this for a while, but it had to be done I'm afraid.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Michael House has been named as the 'place of the month' on www.veggieplaces.co.uk, about which I am very pleased! There are three lovely reviews of Michael House on there, I feel all glowy about it! Thank you to those who wrote the reviews. I will write some when I go to other places listed in Veggieplaces, as I know how useful it is to get feedback.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday 6th April - behind the far house, there is what looks to be a trail of smoke from the chimney. This is actually the tail end of the twister/tornado we saw. It does not look very impressive here, and it vanished very fast and moved to the left fast as well.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
I'm sure it is the same throughout the country, but the weather here today is extraordinary. One minute, beautiful sun, but with the threat of dark clouds, the next, heavy sleety stuff. We have seen a tornado/twister which must have been over the sea. Very exciting, glad we were no nearer to it! We have not had any snow which has settled here, that is very rare, but I know other places have received quite a cover.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
This bull is in a sculpture park near Coverack. We came upon it by chance, although we had been told of it. There are many creatures scattered across the grass, slightly surreal to come upon.
There are more picutres of the week on www.nessienoracraftexplorer.blogspot.com
Friday, February 29, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I hope to meet you soon, but I promise not to hassle you and will only see you if you want to meet me!
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Last night I cooked the following:
French onion soup with freshly baked rolls
Individual goats cheese and tomato charlottes
spiced red cabbage with onions and apples
Flourless chocolate cake - basically cooked chocolate mousse
This all went down very well, if I say it myself!