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A trip to the New Forest

This week Vanda and I set off for the new forest to spend some time with my lovely daughter Lara. We stayed at a delightful B and B but the highlight was a dinner at https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/rhinefieldhouse This is a magnificent building in gorgeous surroundings and we had our dinner as private diners in the  Alhambra room. Inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Granada, …

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Give the Royal Forest of Dean an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status

Give the Royal Forest of Dean an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status The Forest of Dean, ‘Britain’s favourite Forest’, should be acknowledged as an area of outstanding natural beauty. AONB is land protected by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. It protects the land to conserve and enhance its natural beauty. Please help us protect this unique …

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Back to normal after the snow

Snow in the Forest of Dean Well, like a lot of other folk we suffered in the latest snow and cold weather. It was impossible to get the car out because of the drifts, but the worst thing was having the boiler freeze up, so we had no central heating or hot water. We were both a bit ripe by …

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Walking in the Forest of Dean

Walking in the Forest of Dean Walking in the forest of dean is one of my favourite pass times. The variety of beautiful countryside is staggering and if you haven’t been before you will be amazed at the amount of wild life that you will see. This week, she who must be obeyed and I went strolling on the footpaths …

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Littledean

Littledean We visit Littledean regularly as it is just down the road from us, and every Friday we buy fish and chips from Frydays as it is the best chippy in the forest of dean. Littledean is one of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean. A mile east of the town of Cinderford, it contains many old buildings dating …

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Forest of Dean Events

Forest of Dean Events If you are looking for events in the forest of dean then our Events Calendar  is a must. We publish all the events we can find here and you can add your forest of dean events here free of charge. Community events and commercial events are all welcome, so local pubs and other local venues are very …

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2nd Year in The Forest of Dean

2 years living in the Forest of Dean This is our second year of living in the Forest of Dean. Time has certainly flown. Both Vanda and I agree it was a brilliant move. Life is slower out in the country, we are surrounded by the most wonderful countryside, and the Forest of Dean town we chose to live in, …

Firewood from Nicks Timber

Firewood We have a wood burning stove here and we fuel it with a mixture of local air dried ash and kiln dried logs. This week we had a delivery from Nicks Timber , a 1 ton bag of waste from the timber mill. This is a great bargain. The wood is bone dry, and many of the thicker pieces …

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The garden in December

The garden in December After all the snow our garden is looking fairly tatty. We are still harvesting leeks, carrots and a few other bits and pieces, but this year is not a patch on last year. Our sprouts are pathetic. They were well and truly attacked earlier by the dreaded cabbage white and never really recovered. Last year we …

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The snow and the kindness of Forest people

Snow in the Forest of Dean Yesterday morning, Vanda and I set off through the snow with the idea of walking into Cinderford to get a bit of shopping. Well it was hard going right from the off, and Vanda who has a heart murmur started to feel ill very early on. As We were passing St Stephens church I …