Advent Calendar Window No. 4. The Oak Barn, Magpie Road.

The advent calendar window decoration is on the first floor but the two levels together make for a bright and cheerful entrance to the village at Christmastime.


The attractive ground floor table setting is visible……


….whilst the first floor is temporarily veiled.



After the unveiling, attention turns to…….


….sausage rolls, mince pies, mulled wine…….


….and gingerbread men!






“C’mon… fair!”


And so, good night!







Farming19w1aDial House Farm and Oak Barn in the 1960s (Photo courtesy Roger Cherry)


Farming21w1aFormer inhabitants of the barns (Photo courtesy Roger Cherry)


Farming17w1aPhoto by courtesy of Roger Cherry.

Inside Oak Barn, an early 20th century threshing machine was still in use for cleaning corn in 1968. Roger Cherry on the right and Alf Kimnell on the left. Caption on the back of photo says “one of the veterans still going strong, Cherrys’ Farm (Sulgrave) 1968″ but doesn’t say whether this is a reference to the machine or Alf!




2 Responses to “Advent Calendar Window No. 4. The Oak Barn, Magpie Road.”

  1. Jane Cherry says:

    Very fond memories of Dial House Farm, as it used to be. Wonderful times with Angela and Roger, Grandma and Gramp to Hannah, Josh and Laura. Christmas was amazing, laughter, lots of fabulous food, a very special place. X

  2. Jane Cherry says:

    We have very fond memories of Dial House Farm as it used to be. Wonderful Christmas celebrations with Angela and Roger / Mum and Dad. I spent holidays there in the summer with Hannah, Josh and Laura. Fun times, collecting the eggs, (you had to wear Grandmas’ egg hat to do this!), feeding the pigs and the horse at the back of the yard. My cat Marmite, was born in the turkey loft, one of the barns. There were three kittens (I think), Gramp asked me which one I wanted. However, after several hours he caught one and said, “this one, you can have this one!!!!”.
    Happy days, lots of lovely homemade food, laughter and fun! Jane Cherry. X

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