Sunday, 27 September 2015

Half Term & Halloween Events in North Staffordshire

In just 4 weeks most schools will start their October Half Term Holidays, followed by Halloween on Saturday 31 October 2015.  

If you're looking for a short break why not come and stay with us at The Malthouse B&B

Here are a few of the Halloween events taking place near us:
- Scarefest, Alton Towers (starts 17 October)
- Hallowe'en Creepy Crafts, Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood 
- Ghost Train Express, Churnet Valley Railway
- More Treat than Trick, Drayton Manor (starts 17 October)
- Halloween Spooktacular, Shugborough Estate
- Halloween Ghost Tours, The National Brewery Museum
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Summer at The Malthouse

The Summer months always seem to go by really quickly.  In between doing B&B there are lawns to mow, plants to water and a million other jobs to do!
We're really pleased with our bedding plants this year.  Here is a picture of the planter that's near our back door.  

We wonder if the cooler weather that we've sometimes been having might be suiting the plants.
We've had plenty of bright days but also a few days when the skies over Alton have looked very odd as you'll see in this picture that we took of our pond.

Hope you're making the most of any fine weather you're getting this Summer. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

Poppy is a Top Dog

Most Monday evenings we take our dog Poppy along to Waggietails Dog Club.  If you've looked at our blog before you'll know that we've been taking Poppy to the clubs training sessions since she was a small puppy.  Poppy loves to see the other dogs (especially Hamish the love of her life and Ruby another little girl dog that she adores!) and seems to really enjoy the training sessions as do we.  Each week at home we go over what we've learned at the club and try to put the training into practice, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't!   Over the last couple of years Poppy has been presented with a Bronze and Silver Award and has been working towards getting Gold.  To be honest Poppy is pretty good but not infallible so we were surprised and absolutely delighted when Waggietails gave her a Gold Award last week.  To prove it, here it is.    

Here is a snap of the "Top Dog" herself with one of her favourite toys Foxy - not a very original name we know!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Stone Wall Repair

For a few years we've been concerned about one of our stone walls, it had started to belly out and we were worried it might fall down.   The wall is located near the entrance to our Malting Cellars just off Horse Road.  We tackle most jobs ourselves but this was just too big a task for us to take on.  So, along came Jason to take the job on and here is the finished result.  

Now if you've been to stay at our B&B before you might recognise this area and think that nothing has changed and the wall looks the same.  However, we can assure you that the wall has indeed been rebuilt.  Jason took down the wall stone by stone and rebuilt it carefully the idea being that you wouldn't know anything had been done.  Clever or what!  Needless to say we are delighted with the finished result.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Sunbathing Pets at The Malthouse

Here at The Malthouse we've been enjoying plenty of sunny days so far during June.  We are loving the weather and so are our cat Smudge and our dog Poppy.  Couldn't resist sharing these two photos - the lazy pair!

Hope the weather is fine in your part of the world!