I took a visit to Skomer Island this week-into the last few days of the Puffins on the island for 2018. It has been a great year for Skomer Puffins–over 30,000 puffins were counted this year, and as far as a population is concerned, Skomer Puffins are bucking the trend, as other Puffin colonies elsewhere in the world are declining. So much so, that the Puffin is now classed as an endangered species.
How wonderful, the BBC have profiled the Puffins on Skomer Island!
I have long been an advocate of these fantastic birds. For me, they are such healing creatures, you cannot fail to watch a puffin and smile. They just make everything in the world alright. To see them clumsily trying to get airborne from the water is a delight. Watching them you would never think that they could fly the huge distances they do when they migrate from Skomer Island in late July each year.
I am delighted to announce that I have partnered with the National Botanical Gardens of Wales for a ‘Buy one, get one free’ entry to this fabulous garden attraction for my guests. This means that when you stay with us here at Fields Lodge, we can arrange this lovely bonus for you!
Milford Waterfront is organising lots of events over the summer months. It’s great to see that the Port of Milford Haven has really got its’ eye on Tourism and making the Marina a ‘must visit’ place on the lists of locals and visitors alike.
Is your wedding going to be held in Pembrokeshire? Are you having people travel from their homes to share your lovely day? Will they want to stay the night before the wedding and the night of the wedding?
Then we are the place for your friends and family.
Hair & Make-up
We can organise hair stylists and make -up artists to attend to those wanting a pamper on the big day, if required.
We can organise a Taxi service if your guests would rather leave their car here with us and we can also organise their flowers to be delivered on the morning of the day.
Early Check-in/Late Check-out
We can offer Early Check-in or Late Check-out if that makes their day easier and we can be on hand for any ‘forgotten’ items. Just let us know, we’re here to help them make some great memories!
Room rates are standard as on our website, with Early Check-in or Late Check-out added as required.
Bridal Pamper Party
If you’d like to spend the night before your wedding here with us and your Bridal party, then we can arrange your day for you.
Choose breakfast at your time, have the run of the house and we’ll get it all ready for your hair & make-up stylists, just let us know. Enjoy a bucks fizz whist you get ready for the big day and don’t worry about checking out early, we’ll add a late check-out onto your booking for you.
Exclusive Use Bridal Pamper Party: £600 per night
Choose to stay in one of our best rooms and enjoy a little piece of luxury for your Wedding night before heading off on the next chapter of your life.
We will dress your room and have bubbly on ice and artisan chocolates waiting for you. Enjoy a later breakfast in bed and relax with a late check-out.
Weddings in Pembrokeshire-you may wonder how we could be involved in these. You’d be surprised!
From the usual hosting relatives that have had to travel, to hen pamper days, to hosting the bride & her entourage and organising make-up and hair stylists on the big day, to then being the romantic backdrop to the Wedding night, we have helped make many memories.
The FIRST Puffin has landed onto Skomer Island! It’s only the 19th of March and we have the first one landed-that’s early! And that means that the numbers will just grow as the days move closer towards April, which is when they usually arrive.
Over this weekend just gone, a hundred puffins were seen rafting in North Haven, which is one of their favoured bays on Skomer.
This is exciting news as it’s always great to know that the Puffin is growing from strength to strength 3bvbjjin numbers on Skomer.
So, to celebrate, any booking made this week direct with us here at Fields Lodge will receive a free Puffin Pack!!
The small county of Pembrokeshire is in the bottom, south west corner of Wales. It’s an hour off the end of the motorway and the next land after us is Ireland!
Welsh is the national language of Wales, and we are indeed, Welsh and very proud of it. However, WE (furthest south west part of Pembrokeshire) are known as ‘Little England Beyond Wales’, as in our ‘little bit’ you’re not likely to hear Welsh spoken, and if it wasn’t for the schools, no-one here would speak it either! This is particularly true of Milford Haven born & bred, it’s a rarity to find a welsh speaker!
Isn’t that what they say?? March is when we see the weather changing to Spring and the clocks going forward for summertime.
The origins of the saying
Where on earth did that saying come from? Well, here’s a spoiler-you may be disappointed! I thought I would research it, thinking it may have had some historic origin, inspiring the Mad Hatter stories etc, but no! It started life in Illinois in a high school in the early 1900s. Then the phrase was used by a broadcaster of a basket ball game. The phrase was later applied to be trademarked by the IHSA(Illinois High School Association) and in 1996 the IHSA and the NCAA went to court over the phrase and ended with them agreeing on a dual use trademark. So, as it’s a trademarked phrase-does that mean I can’t use it here??? OOOO!!! worrying! I’ve just checked, and I’m not sure I can! So, I’ve altered the title slightly, just in case! I don’t think I can afford an American lawsuit!
Fancy a Picnic Lunch? I know I do! And I don’t mean the types that are full of processed sandwiches and general rubbish, I mean a real Picnic Lunch-full of homemade and local produce. Sandwiches made from homemade bread, with fillings that have been home produced or locally sourced, good quality crisps and great tasting treats to make you feel spoilt!
After having travelled a long way, I know the last thing I want to do is go back out again! We are lucky to be situated in a totally uncommercialised village, which is fabulous for relaxing, chilling and just kicking back, and it does come with it’s compromises, for instance, we are very limited as to where to go for food if you don’t want to drive!
As a Business Guest, you have slightly different needs to that of a leisure guest.We’re here for you if you are staying with us for business reasons, whether that’s on your own on a business trip or whether you’ve taken your partner away for a romantic break, and you still have to keep in touch with your business.
Want a Low Carb, sugar free, wheat free Tiramisu??
I love a pudding and that’s what I struggle with on my sugar free, wheat free, low carb food journey! I have recently asked Ellen Picton at Healthaspire on Milford Marina to come up with a recipe for me, to make a low carb version. Ellen has given me lots of recipes and ideas over the years and we are certified by her as a Nutritional Provider and can be found on her Gluten Free listings.
So, here’s the recipe that can now be found at Fields Lodge!
Christmas Shopping-don’t you just love it??? I know many people like to go to the big cities and then just as many like to shop online, but I really do love visiting the more unusual, boutique type shops that you can find aplenty in Pembrokeshire. My favourite go-to towns and villages are, Milford Haven, Narberth, Solva and St Davids. And that’s not to say you won’t find great shops in other towns, these are my first calls! Read on to discover what you can find in Pembrokeshire.
Having run Fields Lodge as a Boutique Bed and Breakfast for over 6 years now, I have a certain level of knowledge as to what ‘people’ like for breakfast. And being independently judged over the years and consistently winning Pembrokeshire’s Finest Breakfast, I have found, through my own journey towards sugar free, gluten free, low carb that my own tastes have altered and this has driven me towards putting alternative options onto the menu, as it’s what I would like to eat!
Looking for a sugar free brown sauce recipe to make some at home? I am a HP sauce fan! In fact, instead of asking ‘do you like HP sauce with your breakfast?’, it may be more appropriate to ask ‘would you like breakfast with your HP Sauce?’! And, I really do not enjoy a cooked breakfast without it. So, as part of my quest to reduce my intake of refined sugar and also to KNOW what I am eating, I have been researching a recipe that might replicate it. So far, I have tried quite a few different options, and, for the moment have settled on the one I am currently using in the B&B, for both myself and our lovely Fields Lodge guests. I shall give you the recipe that’s working for me below.
Granola is very versatile item to have in your cupboard and I’m happy to share my recipes. It serves well as a ‘cereal’ with milk or atop yoghurt, or indeed, as a top on a fruit crumble, as an alternative to a flour based topping. This is great, as I love rhubarb crumble and so this is my new favourite topping. I thought I would share with you, my two favourite recipes. I’ll post one this week and the other next week- you can let me know which one is your favourite!
Social media…I run a bed & breakfast, no surprise there then! However, so many people think running a bed and breakfast entails cooking a breakfast and then you have the rest of the day off! I wish!
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do, I love doing the best I can for my guests but there’s a lot more to it than just cooking breakfast!
Social media is one of the other ‘jobs’ that needs to be done. Not just scrolling through what your friends are up to, but creating a ‘story’ of your business, what you’re up to, what’s out there for guests. A complete picture in an instance, if you like!
My food ethic is great quality, local produce-and wherever possible this is what I stick to. If I can get it organic as well, well, that’s a bonus! My first priority is great quality, and this is easy, as we have such great food offerings in Pembrokeshire and Wales, this is quite achievable. I like to use local producers and local shops where possible, and I am lucky that some do deliver, as I do spend a lot of my time on the road buying provisions!
We are situated in a totally uncommercialised village, and as such, evening meal options, without driving, are sparse.
So, in answer to this issue, as many guests do not want to go back out once they arrive, I am now offering Supper Platters-these are sharing platters, made up of a selection of meats(usually charcuterie types) and a selection of cheeses. I have done much research to bring to the table a good selection, and I hope I can tick most people’s boxes!