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10 Oct

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Tomorrow morning the 4 of us are off to Gozo for 2 weeks, and my mother & father, Peter & Willie Swan, will be moving in to run the place while we’re away.

See you all when we get back 😀

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Tomorrow Chris & I will be off to France to do a spot of DIY at my parents’ place over there – so my Mother & Father will be back at The Swan looking after the business and the children!!

I’ve had to post this week’s specials a bit early as I’ll not be able to do them as usual on Thursday, so you can find them below this post.

Hope you enjoy them and see you all soon!

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Back from Gozo……..

Well we got back from Gozo late last night, and have been straight back to work today with over 160 people in for Sunday lunch –  talk about back into the swing of it straight away!

All went well while we were away, with my parents back in charge, assisted by the staff and my sister Katrina. It’s great to get away as when you live above the business it really is 24/7 – and without the family support we’d really struggle.

Next trip is just after Easter when we’re going to France to do some work on my parent’s property over there – another great break even if it is a bit of a ‘working holiday’!

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Follow this link to the Northern Experience Wildlife Tours Blog and see the fantastic images of owls taken in the last few days by Martin & Sarah.

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Just in case anyone was wondering why Chris is wandering around with one arm in a sling, it’s not because I’ve been beating him (although at times………..^^) it’s because he has surgery on him elbow a week past Friday.

Apparently he should be back to ‘normal’ in about 10 days – just in time for our trip to Gozo – YAY!

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Chris and myself too a sneaky morning out today and not wanting to hit the shops decided that a trip to Allendale to see the guys at Allendale Brewery would be fun.

The weather started off lovely, and we took a quick detour to Hallington Reservoir to ensure Chris’ membership of the fishing club was received for next year. The sun breaking over the reservoir was really beautiful, and Chris spent some time chatting with fishery manager John about boat maintenance, while I became friends with his dog Ben.

We then took off across country to Allendale, missing the brewery the first time (don’t you love GPS), and were met by Tom who introduced us to the team and took us on a tour of the site. We had a look at new Brewery goodies, including Wolf Mustard, and compared notes on Christmas Puddings made with Allendale Ales – ours are made with a mixture of Wolf and Werewolf this year!

Leaving with a bootful of beers we headed home through the now torrential downpour with sleet, hail and high winds, being back to The Swan for lunchtime…..well almost.

After a really good morning out we’re planning our next outing – my vote’s with a trip north to Doddington Dairy……..yum…….!

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Home again!

Well we got home yesterday in time to prepare for Saturday night service, so it was a case of ‘hit the ground running’!

Now we’re home the usual updates on the guest ales and specials will resume as we look forward to Easter next weekend.

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Tomorrow morning we’re off to France for a week, in order to decorate my parents’ caravan for them while they look after the business. (The plan is to do it all in a day and then spend the rest of the week enjoying the French food and drink!)

I’ll therefore not be able to post any info about the guest ale or specials until next weekend.

See you soon!

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The second half of March is always an exciting time at The Swan as Chris prepares for the season opening at Hallington Reservoir.

This year’s preparation has included the annual gear check (which usually requires some additional purchasing), the ‘fly-tying’ nights at my father’s and purchasing of all the latest Trout magazines – all to help manage the excitement as April 1st approaches.

It is also customary to leave piles of feathers etc around the house – and on one occasion, to check his fly collection at night, while lying in bed under the duvet, emptying all his fly boxes onto his chest – can you imagine the upset had he lost a few!

My father (Peter Swan), brother in law (Stephen Wanless) and friend (Martin Kitching) have all been contacted numerous times with the mantra “free yourself for 1st April” ringing in their ears. It’s not that they’re locked up or anything – just looking for kitchen passes from the women.

Anyway – here’s to October when the madness ends for another year!

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