Clint Eastwood, eat your heart out

Clint Eastwood in the bath in The Man With No Name similarities to Colemore Farm self catering barn farm accommodation Bridgnorth Shropshire

Are you feeling lucky?

I inherited my prejudice from my father.  “Stewing in your own juice,” is what he used to call taking a bath.  And having been surrounded by women all my married life (at home, but obviously nowhere else), I have even more reason to associate the bath with “smellies”, pastel-coloured goo and candles.

Clearly, there have been lapses.  I confess to listening to live football while lounging in hot water after a good run on a winter Saturday.  Or during the early days, here at Colemore Farm, when the shower was ripped out and not replaced for six months, I have–fortunately for our neighbours–taken the odd dip.

Not surprising then that bathing has few macho associations.  (No, even post match team baths hold no attractions.)  But there is at least one role model bather out there.  Who else but the cheroot-toting Clint Eastwood could preserve the Y-chromosome credentials of a plunge, in the bath scene in The Man With No Name?

So I was naturally delighted when we found our new bath at a local salvage yard.  At a push, a “copper bath”, but more likely an annealed tin bath, it lacks any ostensible modern comfort.  The central bath plug creates an awkward protrusion just where you want to sit down.  There’s no overflow, so overdo the malt snifter and forget the fill rate at your peril.  You’ll be sluicing out the ensuing flood before you can say “Make my day”.

But it’s warm, and it retains the heat beautifully.  You can fill it deep enough to perform a full immersion, Clint-style.  It sounds like a chainsaw massacre when it drains.  One careless slip and its vortex will take your leg off.  No wonder we christened it “The Screamer”.

Of course, while I’m delighted that we’ve now installed a ground floor wetroom with rainshower and underfloor heating, I have to admit that I won’t be able to tear myself away from this beauty for too long.  And when I succumb, my dignity will be preserved and my self-esteem will remain intact. 

Pass me the cheroots.  I may be some time.

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The case of the disappearing fowl

Chickens at Colemore Farm self catering accommodation, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Anybody seen that ex-bat?

It’s surprising how quickly routines set in.  Every morning, rain or shine, animals need to be fed.  And that means a trip to the stables to fill the cats’ bowl and to let the chickens out and give them their layers pellets.

A quick head count.  Ducks: two Indian runners, three Aylesbury whites, Bev (not an Aylesbury, but named anyway after a close friend who lives near Aylesbury), and two wild mallards who decided to quit the rat race of foraging for themselves to stay on the pond.  Chickens: one bantam cockerel, two white stars and an assortment of three others that we inherited, plus our six rescued ex-bats.

Until now. With no discernible evidence of intervention by a fox, one of the ex-bats has gone AWOL.  And lately only a subset of the ducks are on display on the pond.  Occasionally we’ve had to round up a couple of the ex-bats who’ve taken their new-found freedom too far and strayed into the yard.  But so far we’ve always been able to find them.

But not any more. Searches of the stables, hen house and surrounding foliage reveal nothing when looking for the missing.  Yet return later in the day and the whole menagerie is back.  How do they don their cloak of invisibility in the mornings?

To be continued…

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Clock at Colemore Farm self catering accommodation farm barns Bridgnorth Shropshire

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If you’ve landed here, you’ve caught us a little off guard!

We’re attending boot camp for bloggers.  When we emerge, we’ll be ready to start telling you the interesting bits about what it’s taking to turn a beautiful home, deep in the Shropshire countryside, into a perfect place to unwind.

Expect to hear about the plans, the building, the bats and our honourable intentions to make our development as sustainable as we can.

Looking forward to keeping you posted.   Please check back. 

…and if you haven’t yet seen our website, try www.colemorefarm.co.uk

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