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Arboricultural Report

8 January 2011 / Business / Planning / Technical

One of the fun things about moving house and setting up a new business is all the extra things you need to learn about.

We’re big fans of lifelong learning and look forwards to the challenge. Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet up with some local landscape architects and in that discussion encountered a new phrase that relates to a piece of essential documentation that will help any intended planning application along; an Arboricultural Report.

Essentially this is a detailed tree survey showing existing tree species, age and any associated environmental factors. I’m guessing there a between one and two hundred trees scattered throughout the grounds. Some of these will be interesting – see photo below, others will be random self seeded varieties that will require thinning out.

Twisted tree at Thorney How, near to steps up to the mound.

I may need to upgrade my chainsaw skills and knowledge, but no doubt there will be some expert help along the way. Sadly I won’t be able to take my newly built wood store with me.


Buying and selling, ups and downs

6 January 2011

We’re at that will they or won’t they, will it happen or not, stage of the buying and selling game.

As such all our action plans are nervously creeping forwards as opposed to full on and going for it. Including promoting this blog and our plans for the future.

Disappointing as this is we’ve just got to wait it out for a few more weeks. We’re close to settling on a completion date, but as a sat down to write this another e-mail landed in my in box with a string of questions to respond to including new regulations around septic tanks.

No pain, no gain as they say.

You really have to want to do this.


What we / you like for breakfast: research

4 January 2011 / Research / Breakfast

This is part of an ongoing plan to investigate what is on offer in the UK for breakfast. Running a business that is centred on good customer service will need to be sensitive to individual needs where breakfast is concerned.

The research methodology will include:

  1. reviewing what is on offer elsewhere e.g. through online search
  2. sampling other catering menus
  3. crowdsourcing ideas – that’s via you guys
  4. feedback from customers

Today I had the opportunity to try out Morrison’s breakfast menu. It’s a job, someone’s got to do it!

Menu items on offer for Breakfast at Morrisons's

Morrison’s Breakfast Notes 4th Jan 2011

Process for obtainaing meal: Select meal choice, place food order (order number card given), pay for meal and any additional drinks, collect own cutlery etc. from central hub, sit at table with drink and wait for the meal to be delivered (generally a full order is delivered together).

The meal that I tried was a Traditional Breakfast comprising of:

The meal cost £3.29 plus £1.09 for a coffee = Total £4.38

Yes, this is cheap, but I would not recommend it. The toast was a superfluous texture contributing nothing to the meal. The eggs were fine. The bacon was undercooked and cold. The beans were beans.

A neighbouring table complained twice about undercooked eggs and they were eventually given a refund. This made me think how do you establish how well done different customers like their eggs, bacon etc. ?

Please let us know below what makes a good breakfast from your experience and where you’ve had this? At home is not allowed :)


First Family Visit

3 January 2011

We had our first family trip to Thorney How today. This was the first time that two of our daughters, Julia and Laurie had had the opportunity to look around and to get to know the house. After the New Year weekend there were no groups booked in so we had access to the whole property and grounds.

We were keen to find out what winter problems there had been – yes a few pipes burst and no rubbish collections. This was also a good opportunity to measure up a few important rooms, mainly those that we intend to use for our personal space.

I also wanted to get a good look around the grounds and to take some more photographs.

From Thorney How mound looking NW to Helm Crag

This was my favourite view standing on top of the rocky mound called Thorney How looking up and across to Helm Crag in the background beyond the house.

Heading back we stopped off in Ambleside for Cornish pasties and then went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader in 3D at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal as a family New Year cinema treat.


Last Xmas / New Year in Kentmere

3 January 2011

Christmas Tree at Old Forge Cottage 2010

This will be our last Christmas and New Year at Old Forge Cottage in Kentmere, this has been our family home for the last 15 years since we moved here in 1995.

We were very surprised, yet pleased to sell so quickly. We have loved living here very much and hope that the new owners enjoy it equally as much. As Wainright’s Outlying Fells Guide quote says; from Green Quarter it is “one of the most beautiful views in Lakeland”

See our Hackney & Leigh property details here.

We wish everyone a prosperous and happy new year in 2011.

Happy New Year everyone for 2011


New Year

1 January 2011 / Business / Jobs

So it feels like this is the start of something new. We’re very excited and not just a little daunted at the prospect of setting up in business. There seems to be so much to do.

But we still have to wait for all the legalities to conclude. Banks, lawyers, accountants, surveyors, architects, builders, landscapers and other advisers are all doing their thing right now. As soon as we have a firm move date we’ll let you know.

We’re thinking a lot about lifestyle, sustainability and a lot of hard work to be done, over and above our main jobs.

We’ll be hiring staff very soon and hopefully taking bookings from April!

Meanwhile we still have to pack up and say goodbye to Old Forge Cottage and all our Kentmere friends. This will be hard enough!


Welcome to the Thorney How Blog

31 December 2010

Hi, this is the start of a new blog initially charting our progress moving from Old Forge Cottage in Kentmere to Thorney How in Grasmere.

Two first steps:

  1. establishing this blog
  2. starting the major task of organising (and rationalising) all of our stuff.

We don’t have a move date yet. But we are expecting this to be early to mid February 2011.

We are the Nuttall family. Taylor, Carolyn and Laurie. Emma and Julia currently live away from home.