Baking For Idiots

From Peter:

I am rubbish at cooking, baking etc. – anything that involves kitchens. Imagine the person least likely to win a bake-off. Imagine someone who wouldn’t recognise a bain-marie if one jumped up and bit him on the behind. That’s me.

So imagine my surprise and delight when I found out yesterday that there is a really easy way to “cheat” !

From ALDI at Carnforth – Baking For Idiots !

  • Switch oven on.
  • Open plastic bag with stuff inside.
  • Pour milk into bag.
  • Reseal bag.
  • Scrunch it around a bit.
  • Open again.
  • Pour mixture into provided foil tray.
  • Put in oven.
  • Do something sensible for 40 minutes.
  • Take out bread!

You can smell the result in this picture:

And it tastes great too !



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Tip – Park Home Insurance

Thanks to Dave for reminding everyone about this tip:

You can save money by shopping around for insurance for your park home. You should never just accept the renewal quote from your current insurers. Dave saved around £80 by switching! This year Dave got a good deal from Coast Insurance.

Just as with car insurers, the park home insurers are getting competitive these days, and offering good value if you switch. So if your premiums seem to going up, then you really should be challenging that, and checking various suppliers.

Here are a few to try:

Paul Baker   Castle   Coast Insurance   Shield   Towergate

And there is even a comparison website now: Quotezone

Of course, we are not recommending or endorsing any of these in particular – you must make your own decisions – but don’t be tricked into paying more than you need to!


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For Sale – Heater

Wall mounted convector fire –  as new – £50.

Contact Ray at No 18.

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Silver Linings



There is a cause for a little celebration at the eastern end of the Park this week!

June & Neville have been kindly fostering “Patch” the guide dog, following the death of his master Norman Seed earlier this year.

We are happy to report that after discussions, and assessments by Guide Dogs UK, it has now been agreed that after 8 years of working, Patch may retire and continue to live with June & Neville on the Park.

Patch has been a respected canine member of our community for a long time now, so it is wonderful to hear that he can live out his retirement years here on the Park, where he is known and loved.

A silver lining indeed!


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Window Cleaning

cleanerWindows cleaned, soffits, fascias, gutters and frames washed down.

Call Vernon on 01524 420 184

or mobile 07950  581 491

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Website News – Classifieds Section

A new set of categories have been added: “For Sale” / “Wanted” / “Traders”.

So let us know if you want to post a “Classified Ad”. Just send your Ad (+photo) to:

Especially useful to new occupiers would be details of local traders that you can recommend to other residents.


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Help with Selling

Recent events prompted me to think about the process of selling a home on the Park. Having read a little about it, I am aware that it is quite complicated, and more than a little daunting, so I thought that this website could at least offer some help.

So I gave myself the challenge of writing some guidance. I have based it on a Government Fact Sheet, and added my “take” on it to the reference library here : Help with Selling a Home on Stud Farm Park.

The new page provides links to relevant Fact Sheets, and the printable versions of the various forms that seller and buyer must complete at various stages. I am certainly not an expert, so if you see anything that is obviously  incorrect, please comment and I will fix it.

A “Help with Buying Guide” may follow?  Hopefully – over time – we can gradually improve these pages and create a valuable information resource for residents. (Peter)


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A Sad Day

norman-and-patchIt is with great sadness that we mark the passing yesterday of our good friend and neighbour Norman Seed.

For many years, Norman and his wife Marie were very much a part of the community here at Stud Farm Park. After Marie lost her battle with cancer in 2015, family, friends and neighbours rallied round to help ensure that Norman and his faithful guide dog ‘Patch’ could continue to live a largely independent life here on the Park.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family. We will miss him.



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A Night at the Midland

We had a brilliant night out on Friday to the Rotunda bar at the Midland hotel. Once a month they hold a northern soul / Tamla Motown night. It is free entrance and the music was great. We went with our lovely neighbours Colin and Elaine and had a great night I would highly recommend it for anyone who want to get out and have a good boogie.

All the people attending were really friendly. As the young ‘uns would say, “a boss night out”.


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Extraordinary Bed & Breakfast


Thornley House

We have just returned from a short stay at Thornley House B&B in Allendale, near Hexham in Northumberland.

If you are not mad about cats, then this is definitely not a place for you; but if – like us – you really enjoy relaxing on a big sofa in front of a warm fire on a cold winter night, with a book and a cat or two for company, then it is 7th heaven.



Thornley is a large country house with a big garden, fields and woods – plenty of room for the eight cats who live there.

Of particular note are the Maine Coons – the largest breed of domestic cat that one can own in the UK without strict regulation.



We were especially happy to visit, given that the B&B had to close recently for a short while owing to a period of ill-health. We were delighted to find the owner Eileen in robust form once again!

Of course, as a guest in their home, you appreciate that if you do not close your bedroom door at night, then you will inevitably have feline company at some point…

If you visit the Thornley House website, then you just might recognise Eileen from her appearance in Series 2 of the Channel 4 reality TV show “Four In A Bed” !

(Ann & Peter)

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