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27 February 2010

Feeling Old

This evening we went to Julia’s 21st birthday party.  Julia is the daughter of David Paine (he of the wood yard / tractor collection / pub).  It was refreshingly all generational – with tiny tots through to ageing relatives enjoying the buffet and disco at a local hotel.  

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24 February 2010

Rain Sun Rain

She was correct (see 22nd Feb post), except for today when we had what can only be described as sunshine.

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22 February 2010

Noah's Ark

I have often complained about the rain in the past but I tell you, I have never seen anything like this

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14 February 2010


Best friend Lisa stayed with me this weekend while Christopher went to Norfolk to visit his parents.  Best friend Lisa came to help with a very specific activity –  cake making

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12 February 2010

A Really Expensive Tortoise

I don’t know if I’ve bored you with the tale of Tonka the special needs, one eyed, roaming tortoise, but in brief he turned up on our lawn last August and we had to learn a lot about tortoises overnight.

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06 February 2010


Sometimes in the country everything happens at once. Others, nothing happens, twice in a row. That’s been the last week

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05 February 2010

Keep Fit

Training session this morning.  Once a week I visit Scott’s house in the village and we train in his shed.  This isn’t as strange as it sounds.  Scott is a personal trainer with a fully equipped gym in a sort of wooden lodge in his back garden. 

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30 January 2010


There’ve been three in quick succession.

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26 January 2010

Being Green Is Largely Brown

From October to March, the dominant feature of life in the country is brown. Everything is brown.

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25 January 2010

Log Log

Those of you who have followed by obsession with counting logs with interest, and possibly sympathy, will be pleased to have this update.

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What Our Guests Say

I am in love with this place! This place is perfection! Wonderful hosts too. Can't wait to come back for more adventures. A slice of heaven in the world - it will always be a special place for us both.

Sam & MJ

Perfect, idyllic, lovely and special times together.

Sheena and Lenny

The best pork pie we've ever eaten! We couldn't eat it all on our picnic (you don't underfeed do you!), so we're taking the rest home with us - delicious. Thank you.

Amanda & Michael

Wow – the Meadow Keeper’s Cottage is a work of genius. A beautiful, peaceful, setting and a most relaxing of places to stay. We loved every minute of it. Will definitely be back in the future.

Em & Dom

Brilliant weekend in Woodcutter’s Cottage. Very peaceful and left feeling purified, living in London as we do. Showered in sleet the first morning and frost the next, but the shower was toasty and invigorating.

Joe & Zoe Sharpe

The kids have loved the freedom here, the experiences, not to mention feeding the animals. Thank you for sharing this with us.

The Toppers

The most amazing weekend, so magical! Sarah & Christopher are the pefect hosts and couldn't have made our time here more special. Had our own private dinner in the Hill Top Tent watching the sun go down and my boyfriend proposed! Will never forget our stay here!

Dom & Matt

What a find! Exactly what we needed for a few days. Time together, no business, no children and time with a book. Sarah and Christopher thank you for your great hospitality. Rye – thank you for the great shops. Lunch at the George was fab. The experience has been fantastic and I’d like to think we’ll see you again one day.

Mary & Nick

We had a wonderful few days staying in the cottage, playing games and toasting marshmallows and running in the sand dune of Camber Sands - thank you.

The Whitings

Very much enjoyed our stay and also the boat trip to Bodiam; the science observatory at Herstmonceaux; and the rare breeds centre as well as fish & chips on the beach at Winchelsea. Many thanks!

Katie & Co.

Thank you for such a wonderful stay in your beautiful Meadow Keeper's Cottage. It's just the sweetest hideaway with some amazing touches. The area is stunning we visited Rye, Bodiam Castle and had a great meal at The Ferry Inn. A very special way to spend our first wedding anniversary.

Cathy & James

What a way to celebrate a 70th birthday, back to nature with most of the family. We had glorious weather too. Thank yoy for a great weekend!

Tish & John

Thank you for the beautiful setting and the most perfect wedding day. What a beautiful place to wake up as Mr & Mrs. We first fell in love with Swallowtail Hill two years ago - we'll definitely be back. Magical!

Hannah & Lee

Loved our time with you – thank you so much! Really relaxing just being here and got super lucky with the weather. Cooked an extravaganza on the campfire on two occasions, loved feeding the gorgeous animals, and waking up with the dawn to foxes, bird song, squirrels and sheep. Beautifully snug. Thank you so much.

Marie-Louise, Becca & Suko

A unique experience for a great escape away from the stresses and strains for modern city life and mod cons. Thank you!

Nadia & Claire

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