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Friday, 24 February 2017

Our VERY Muddy Walk!

Last week we decided to take an afternoon off and go for a walk.  The weather was mild and still, perfect for walking.  

Our route: We left The Malthouse, walked down into the Churnet Valley, followed the old railway track heading towards Denstone, took a detour off the track to see restoration work that has been done to a bridge (photo below) over what was once part of the Uttoxeter Canal, headed back onto the track via the truly magnificent weir (photo below), walked in to Denstone taking a well deserved pit stop at Denstone Hall Farm Shop where we took the weight off our feet (photo below) and tucked in to one of their delicious sausage sandwiches, headed off again back towards Alton via public footpaths through the fields -VERY MUDDY!, then once back in Alton headed back to The Malthouse.

 






We REALLY had a great walk BUT hadn't realised just how muddy it was going to be, especially on our journey through the fields. Our dog Poppy loved the walk but was so muddy that when we got home a shower was a must.  Thank goodness for showers and washing machines!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Sunshine & Love is in the Air in Alton

What a really lovely day it's been here in Alton today.  After lots of cold and dull days a warmer sunny day has been very welcome indeed. 

Lately we've been busy doing jobs indoors getting ready for what we hope will be a busy season at our B&B.  Today though a bit of sunshine tempted us outside to do a bit of tidying up in our garden.  Bulbs were starting to appear and even a flower or two were out, very appropriate as it's Valentines Day tomorrow.

Here are a few pictures we'd like to share. 


Hope you are able to spend some time with the ones you love tomorrow - HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Merlin Annual Pass Sale

Many of the guests that stay at our B&B visit Alton Towers Theme Park.  A popular way to get into the Theme Park is by using a Merlin Annual Pass.  The pass is really good value for money as it gives access to a number of attractions.  Now would be a great time to purchase OR renew a Merlin Annual Pass as they are on sale.  You also get up to 20% discount on food, beverages and retail.  Don't delay as the sale ends at midnight on 13th February 2017.  Visit http://www.merlinpass.co.uk for full details.


A Merlin Annual Pass would be a lovely present for Valentine's Day.   Flowers, chocolates and bubbly are great but this type of gift will last much longer.  Quality time spent with those you love and may be a few short breaks away, what could be more romantic!



Looking for accommodation close to Alton Towers?  Why not come and stay with us at The Malthouse B&B.  Visit http://the-malthouse.com or telephone us 01538 703273, we love to chat!


Friday, 13 January 2017

Snow in Alton

We woke up to snow this morning, not too much though just a very pretty scene.  While we were having a cuppa we took these photos.

Some areas of the country are having plenty of snow or facing floods.  Not a good time for the poor folk living there, hope they stay safe.

This week we have seen all sorts of weather in Alton, cloud, sun, high winds, chilly temperatures, snow and now a forecast of heavy rain has been given for Sunday!  No wonder the weather is a hot topic of conversation for Brits.  HOT - sorry couldn't resist!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year for 2017


Very best wishes to everyone we know for a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year,
from all at The Malthouse. 

We came across these photos of Smudge (our cat) and Poppy (our dog) taken last Summer.
What a lazy pair they are! 

 

Roll on the Summer!