….. how green you are, how green you are, how green”
As children we played a singing game using these words. At family gatherings the after dinner-game was to hide an object somewhere around the room. The singing began and the searcher, usually one of the children, came into the room and started the hunt. The closer they got to discovering the item the louder the singing became, reaching a crescendo at the find.
Those words now have a whole new meaning in our environmentally conscious world.
Remembering those family events and humming the tune to myself I wandered around our B&B thinking about ‘How Green’ we are.
With a smile, I realized it all began with our home, Tythebarn House B&B , recycled from a redundant farm building!
The Guest accommodation really was where the cows slept. Now known affectionately as ‘The Old Shippon’!
Let’s begin in there with a couple of ‘green’ favourites. A sweet little vintage mirror spotted in Age UK shone up beautifully ……
……..and the ‘Breakfast for Two’ table began life on a local fell.
The National Trust is the place for recycled wool blankets. With a little ‘Diana’ patience and persistence, colours to match those ‘Moonstone Blue and ‘Cottage White’ walls were eventually spotted.
A tapestry gift reformed into a little cushion takes pride of place. The Herdwick wool filling, recycling at it’s best, provided by a local business ‘Out of the Pen’. There is an extra little tale to tell about our bedroom pillows from Christina – ‘A Royal Delivery’ is sure to make you smile.
On to the bathroom and our toiletries range. Green in more ways than one!
From Out of Eden, with a refreshing Green Tea fragrance, the Eden range is made in the UK. Free from parabens, SLES and propylene glycol it comes in refillable containers. Small flush or big flush is your choice in there too.
The log burner keeps us warm in the winter. Diana is expert at tweaking the heating system, but making sure that guests are always warm! Double glazing too all adds up to make your stay at Tythebarn House a ‘cosy cottage’ experience.
Food is locally sourced when possible. The two market towns of Milnthorpe and Kendal being our local shopping centers. Diana makes her own bread and Sour Dough is a regular item on the breakfast menu. With home-grown fruit on our allotment, seasonal jams are always very popular with our guests.
The strawberry and raspberry season is a real pleasure with daily trips to ‘Lottie’ to pick the breakfast fruit. There are one or two plants in the courtyard so guests can always help themselves if they are up and about before Diana.
Then there’s the ‘Veggie Verge’! Soon after moving here Diana took over the overgrown verge next to our entrance. Vic was heard to say “You’re not planting vegetables in there are you?!” The reply came back “Yes I am!”
Since becoming the proud plot holders of ‘Lottie’, the ‘Veggie Verge’ has kept its name but now grows a selection of herbs and edible flowers. The bees love the thyme flowers ….
We grow our own garden compost thanks to The Wormery. Watering on ‘Lottie’ is thanks to Vic’s rainwater collecting system. He also ensures that everything else recyclable finds it’s way to the appropriate box in the garage.
A unique feature of Holme is the Lancaster Canal, running alongside the village. No longer used by boats it is a route frequented by walkers. Wainwright’s Way from Blackburn to Haystacks passes Holme as its midway point and the 12 mile ‘Limestone Link’ runs past our door. Cyclists too reach their half way mark on the ‘Land’s End to John O’ Groats’ marathon. Our mini apartment at Tythebarn House B&B suits them well with a safe lock up for bikes and drying space. The Cumbria Cycle Way is close by for those who like a little detour.
Getting here is easy. With train links north and south guests can head our way from London and Scotland using public transport.
Carnforth Station serves us best with an hourly bus link straight in to Holme village. Brief Encounter Refeshment Room and Bakery, and the Heritage Center make the station an experience in itself.
For days out the 555 bus travels from Lancaster to Keswick with stops en route. Local walkers have a wide choice from our doorstep and with careful planning can take a bus ride back home at the end of a walking day. Reasons to go North Blog will inspire the walker in you. Carnforth station has local links to Siverdale, Arnside, Grange-over-sands, Cark in Cartmel, Barrow- in- Furness, Ravenglass and Carlisle – to name just a few.
Who would have guessed that here at Tythebarn House we are leaders in the ‘green transport revolution’ for Cumbria. With one of the first electric car charging points to be installed in the county, guests can now ‘plug in’ over night. “Whether it’s your own car or a hire car, this has to be a winning way to explore our outstanding area via four wheels.”
I’m now singing ‘How green you…..” rather loudly after realizing ‘How Green’ we actually are.
Come and see for yourself – one or two at a time please.
Update coming soon on our Solar Panels
Images: Copyright Vic and Diana Brown
Take a look at more of Vic and Diana’s Photography at Street and Eat.
There’s so much to see and explore around this area. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Arnside & Silverdale AONB and wildlife haven of the Morecambe Bay area are all within easy reach.
For more inspiring images: vimeo by 2020VISION “Morecambe Bay… a wild place…a big place …a place of infinite skies and endless colour…”