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We are so very pleased to have said hello to our first guests this week. Some old , some new. The sun was shining and so the afternoon tea could be had outside. I’ve mastered the new scone recipe and they just keep getting bigger! Therefore more jam and cream needed to cover them. Damn, how many calories? Trouble is, I make a batch and there is always some to spare. I wonder if they freeze?

Every effort is being made for you to enjoy your stay at 2 Ivy House whilst staying safe. Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. We would love to welcome guests back to this beautiful part of the country.

THE CREAM TEA…

The Feature Image of the barn owl, [sadly not taken by myself], is just one of the wonderful creatures you will see on an early morning jaunt not far from the house. On our walks with the dog it regularly follows us, hopping from post to post but just keeping enough distance to keep us guessing what it will be hunting for next. The symbolic meaning of the barn owl is a reminder that you are more powerful than you realise.

At the other end of the day I was lucky enough to go out and about on a bat walk. Amazing! We saw six varieties. Well I say we saw them, we heard them really. They all looked rather alike but they make different sounds. I’m sure that James would be more than happy to recreate this for any of our guests. Some interesting facts 1. Bats are the only mammals that can fly. 2. A single brown bat can catch around 1,200 mosquito size insects in one hour. 3. Bats have only one pup a year. 4. Bats wash behind their ears.

PIPPERSTRILL BAT.

If you are a walker, cyclist or just here to rest there are some lovely pubs really close by now serving food to eat in, eat in the garden or take-away. The Great Shefford is so close its silly not to give it a go, but the Five Bells, The Pheasant and The Plough are just a 10 minute drive. If you don’t fancy any of these then I can rustle up a pretty mean cheese board. Really strict social distancing measures are being applied in all of the above.

THE CHEESE AND WINE BOARD

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