Cleaning at Folly View

I thought it might be a good time to tell you about cleaning at Folly View.

This is not going to be the most exciting blog but with Covid-19 being such a concern I wanted to reassure our customers.

The first things we do are strip the beds and hoover.

When we wash the linen I always put a couple of drops of tea tree oil in the wash and I do all washing at temperatures of forty degrees or over.  For those who don’t know tea tree oil has anti bacterial and anti viral properties. Bed linen is all ironed.

The bathroom is cleaned from top to bottom. The tiles above the bath are washed down and rinsed with hot water.

The kitchen at Folly View is the area that takes the longest time to do as we re wash all the cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. The fridge is striped out and washed, the cupboards wiped down and cooker cleaned.

The floors are then washed with hot water.

I damp dust using hot water with washing liquid and tea tree oil and lemongrass oil. Lemongrass oil has deodourising properties.

As well as wiping all the flat surfaces, I clearly inside the drawers, tops of the wardrobes, doors, door frames etc.

We also clean the light switches and plugs, door handles and cupboard handles.

Finally we hoover again and clean windows, if the weather allows this also includes outside. Then we are ready to welcome the next guests arriving at Folly View.

If we have guests leaving and arriving on the same day this takes most of the time available. I am grateful when guests leave early and or strip the beds, it really helps.

I hope it helps to know what we do for your stay.

Updates at Folly View 2020

I briefly let you know about our updates at Folly View each year.

The main thing we have had to do this year is get new bed frames. They came from a company called Get Laid Beds. I refused to look at this website to start with as I thought it might be something naughty. We had only planned to update the double bed but ended up changing all three. They are very strongly made and they took some putting together. We hope you agree that they look great.

We have also had the carpets cleaned, apart from a bit of fading by the patio door, and they look lovely again. We found a local family company based in Telford, they were brilliant.

Because of all the wet weather over the Autumn and Winter the front door has been sticking. Having let it dry out it has still been sticking and I have sanded the frame until it doesn’t need slamming. It needs a couple of tweeks and the wood needs treating but nearly done.

I have sanded down the window frames and painted and oiled the patio door. The front door of Folly View has been sanded and painted and I put the door furniture back on last night.

I have acquired some new chairs which I am in the process of sanding, as they look a bit battered. So be patient, you may have chairs that don’t quite match for a while.

I have had to buy some new toys for our younger visitors to Folly View as some of the toys suffered some damage.

In the bathroom we have sorted out the sealant round the bath and bath panel has finally been sorted out and now stays where it should.

Every year I  scrub and treat the wooden garden furniture. I have taken the decision to not carry on using wood stain on the fencing. I scrub it every year and the blue is coming off. I decided it was a waste of my time painting the fencing because it would need doing again a month later.

I am sure you will find these changing make Folly View more comfortable for your stay.

 

Covid-19

We hope that all of our lovely customers, those who have stayed previously and those yet to stay with us, are keeping safe well.

Covid-19 is not something any of us had thought would happen and hope that you, like us, are following Government advice. As one of our customers said to me that her family had told her that for once in her life she should do as she was told.

We are not sure how long this situation of not being able to move round the country will last and as soon as we can we will be taking bookings.

We will review the bookings we have when we here more from the Government.

Have a lovely Easter

Merinda and Lyndon

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2020

This post lists the Flounders’ Folly Opening Dates 2020.

Flounders Folly in the early morning sunlight

Flounders’ Folly

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2020

When the Folly is open a St George’s Flag is flown from the top of the Folly and the planned opening dates for 2020 are listed below:

Sunday 26th January 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 23rd February 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 29th March 11:00 – 16:00

Friday 10th April 11:00 – 16:00 Good Friday

Monday 13th April 11:00 – 16:00 Easter Monday

Sunday 26th April 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 4th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 25th May 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 31st May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 28th June 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 26th July 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 30th August 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 31st August 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Saturday 19th September 11:00 – 16:00 – Heritage Open Day (TBC)

Sunday 20th September 11:00 – 16:00 – Heritage Open Day (TBC)

Sunday 27th September 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 25th October 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 29th November 11:00 – 15:00

The Folly is only open to visitors on certain days of the year and whilst there is no fixed entrance fee you are requested to make a small donation to The Flounders’ Folly Trust to support the maintenance of this landmark.

Farmer Phil’s Festival 2019

Farmer Phil’s Festival is over the weekend 9th and 11th August 2019. In the heart of the Shropshire Hills at Ratlinghope.

Some of the audience at Farmer Phil's Music Festival

If you love music there will be something for you at Farmer Phil’s Festival. Whether it be folk, blues, dance or rock, there will be something to get your foot tapping.

Lindesfarne, Slim Chance and 3Daft Monkeys are among fifty artists confirmed for this year’s event.

This family run festival is in its 21st year. They want to maintain a family atmosphere and keep it small, welcoming around 2000 music lovers each year.

There is children’s entertainment meaning you relax while someone else keeps them busy and tires them out, bliss.

There are two stages, one of which rotates cutting down on set up times between acts. There are three bars, food stalls selling food for all tastes.

There is an on site shop run by Wentnor Stores, which is apparently very good.

Farmer Phil’s Festival is set on a farm over looking a fishing lake and woodland. Sounds lovely.

If you would like to camp for the week camping is available from August 5th until August 12th with a weekend festival ticket. Toilets and showers are available during this time.

Fires and barbeques are allowed but must be off the ground.

Weekend tickets are from £90 per adult.

Day tickets are £55.

Parking is £10 for the week or £5 for the weekend.

Farmer Phil's Festival Singer

Farmer Phil’s Music Festival Singer

The images in this blog post are used with kind permission of the festival organisers and were taken by Chris Rollason.

Folk at the Farm

Folk at the Farm is at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum on July 20th 2019 from 10am until 7pm.

Folk at the Farm Logo

Folk at the Farm is a Shropshire Folklore Story and Music Festival. There will be a Folklore Trail celebrating Shropshire words.

There will be be music in the meadows, beer in the barn and activities that all the family can get involved with around at Folk at the Farm.

There will be traditional crafters demonstrating their skills and selling their wares. Their will be have ago sessions as well.

Whalebone with Jean Atkins will be performing Understories, a fusion of music and poetry.

Men from Off, Janie Mitchell and Free Born Rising will provide more music and some performers will be wandering  round and providing entertainment.

Storytellers will telling stories for young and old, these include Cath Edwards, Andy Harrop and Sal Tonge.

There will be dancing from Ledbury Morris and poetry from Kate Innes and Carol Forester.

Folk at the Farm is a great chance to celebrate our diverse, music, poetry, storytelling and much more.

Advance bookings for adults are £15 and a Family ticket is £30. Information and tickets available at www.folk.co.uk or www.tickettailor.com/events/folk1

The logo used in this blog post is copyright Folk at the Farm.

Eaton Manor Dark Skies

On  Saturday 6th July 2019 the Shropshire Astronomical Society are organising an Eaton Manor Dark Skies event. The event starts at 3pm and there is an entry fee of £2.

Eaton Manor Dark Skies will have Space related activities including Meteor, Solar and Stellar observing. There will be a Telescope clinic, so don’t forget to bring along your telescope, Planetarium tours of the night sky and presentations and talks.

Eaton Manor has some of the Darkest Skies in South Shropshire so is perfect for this event. It is at Eaton under Heywood along the northern edge Wenlock Edge not far from Church Stretton.

This Eaton Manor Dark Skies event is open to all who have enquiring minds, young and older. There are facilities for the disabled.

For more information contact: john@eatonmanor.co.uk and www.eatonmanor.co.uk/location/ for direction.

 

Solarsphere 2019

Ever heard of Solarsphere?

No. If you already like star gazing or want to start star gazing, then this is the event for you. Solarsphere has talks and workshops on all aspects of the Cosmos.

The Solarsphere 2019 event logo

Solarsphere 2019

Solarsphere is on the 9th to the 12th August 2019 near Builth Wells, in beautiful Welsh countryside.

Solarsphere will educate the curious and the beginner and tweak the knowledge of the more experienced amateur while relaxing by your tent.

Solarsphere has lots of workshops, Night Sky Observing , Solar Observing, Binocular Workshop and many more.

The speakers at Solarsphere over the weekend include Stuart Atkinson who will be talking about the Mars Rovers and there are more subjects that I don’t understand.

Friday Night is Sci Fi Party Night, fancy dress costumes are optional with small prizes for the best adult and child. Live music from the Fireside Family, Alien Stash Tin, Citizen Zen and many more over the weekend.

There is camping with loos and showers available. There is a bar, with real ales, and food concessions on site.

Solarsphere is £50 for the weekend, wow!

Solarsphere is a small independently run, non profit making Star Camp.

Did you know that there are Dark Sky Discovery Sites at Church Stretton on Long Mynd?

The image in this blog post is copyright Solarsphere and is used with their kind permission.

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2019

Shrewsbury Flower Show is on the 9th and 10th August 2019.

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2019 Logo

The Quarry becomes the bustling centre of Shrewsbury for these two days with the Shrewsbury Flower Show taking centre stage.

You do not need to be interested in flowers to find something to do at Shrewsbury Flower Show.

There is something for all the family.

There are cooking demonstrations, show jumping, live music, craft marquees, trade stands and lots of flowers.

Saturday evening Scouting for Girls will provide live music.

Both Friday and Saturday evening will finish with a fireworks display.

Tickets are £25 advance per adult or £28 on the gate, there are concessions.

The image used in this blog post is copyright Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Walking Festivals and Challenges 2019

Shropshire is a great area for walking in and for those of you who enjoy organised events I have put together a list of some of our local walking festivals. I will give a quick summary and let you research further.

A photograph of the Kemp Valley, near Bishop's Castle, South Shropshire

Kemp Valley, near Bishop’s Castle, South Shropshire

Bishops Castle Ramble, Scramble, Amble, May 11th 2019. Three walks from Bishops Castle or to bishop castle for the amble. Raising money for Bloodwise.

Bishops Castle Walking Festival 15th May until 19th May 2019 . This is the 21st Walking Festival in Bishops Castle.

The 17th Clun Valley Challenge is on 18th May 2019. There is a 26 mile or 16mile walk with a 4300 ft ascent. Entry is £22.

Church Stretton Walking Festival is from the 20th June until June 23rd 2019. Lots if different walks including a Stars in Your Skies Walk, a Photography Walk and a Nordic Walking event. The Mynd Drover is the long walk.

Bishops Castle Challenge Walk is in Saturday 3rd August 2019. This is a 24 mile walk with a 4000 ft ascent. There are 13 mile and 11mile options available. £20 entry fee which includes refreshments and certificate.

The Tusker Colour Run at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is on the 17th August 2019. Book via the Centres Website www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk. There is a 3.5km route which you can jog, run or walk along which are paint stations from where the participants get covered  in paint. Entrances fees are from £15 per adult.

Cardio Carlos 5km Fun Run is on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019.  The race starts at 9.30am from the Aston on Clun Village Hall where there is also parking and is organised by the Kangeroo Inn. Entry fee is £15 pre 15th August, £20 after. All proceeds will go to CRY (Cardio Risk in the Young). Visit their Facebook page (Cardio Carlos 5k).

Tour des Marches formally the Wistanstow Challenge is on 14th September 2019. It is 26miles long with a mass start at 8.30am. Fee from £10 which include a light breakfast from 7.15, hit food at the finish and Beer.

Much Wenlock Walking Weekend is on August 30th until September 2nd 2019. There are walks for different abilities. Keep checking their Web site.

I hope there is something to inspire you. I like the look of a couple of the Church Stretton walks, so I may see you out there.

The image used in this blog post is with kind permission of Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival.