What a long and hard winter it has been for everyone!! Anyway, hopefully this week has given us all something to smile about - Sun!! The Stratton family have just come back from a week's holiday, skiing in France, which was great fun - we seemed to do quite a lot of laughing!! Sam and Charlie are doing so well on their ski's now, I am afraid that it's me that is holding everybody up - but at my age you just don't seem to bounce as well as they do!! We have yet to finish off their homework before they go back to school next week, oh well time will tell!! The farm is keeping Jim and the men busy. Most of the cows are outside now, which is lovely, and the pigs keep on growing (ready for lovely bacon and sausages for our guests!) The Butcher's shop (www.stocktonandstratton.co.uk) seems to be developing really well, and we are getting quite a few customer's calling in now, which is great! The Bed and Breakfast has been shortlisted (again), in the Visit Chester and Cheshire Annual Awards, Best Bed and Breakfast Category, and I believe that we will be "Mystery Shopped" for the next stage within the next month! Bookings are now coming in fast, which is lovely, so if you fancy a luxurious break in our Farmhouse, then do come and stay!! In the meantime, let's hope that Spring continues, and develops into a lovely Summer for us all!! See you soon, hopefully!