Dog Days of Summer!

  • By Jo MacArthur
  • 26 Jun, 2017

As we hit the height of summer with the anticipation of long hot sunny days

We can look forward to parks and picnics and a chance to loaf and laze!

Wimbledon starts with its famous tradition of Pimm’s, strawberries and cream

And Sir Andy Murray hoping that another wonderful win is not just a ‘pipedream’!

The annual Beer Festival takes place shortly with copious amounts of ales,

And where the heady atmosphere of fun, music, food and frivolity prevails!

The hanging baskets and containers in the High Street create a stunning array,

With the Festival bunting turning the town into a colourful and cheery display!

Here at The Moda House we have been painting hallway walls and doors

In the interest of the never-ending maintenance and upkeep cause!

So do come and stay and tuck into The Full Moda in all its glory,

And see the famous Arabic door and hear all about it with the full story!

By Jo MacArthur 18 Dec, 2017

The festivities are over and it is time to settle back into the daily grind and routine

 As we pack away the baubles, decorations and mistletoe, and embrace 2018!

 The resolutions have been made with everyone vowing to be nothing but strict and firm

 But it remains to be seen whether they are upheld or become long or short term!

 It’s time to focus back on reality during this month of dark nights and grey days

 But we can also get busy planning a break or two, with some special ‘get aways’!

 Come to Chipping Sodbury and explore nearby Bath, Bristol and the picturesque Castle Combe

 And escape from some of the January blues and the general dreariness and gloom!

 At The Moda House all is warm and toasty and ready to welcome everyone for a treat and a little jolly

 But be sure to bring scarves, gloves and a hat, and that all-important brolly!

 Try out the new and revamped Italian and Indian restaurants for a pizza or a spicy vindaloo

 And sample some local ales and home brewed gin at our local pub, The Horseshoe!




By Jo MacArthur 26 Nov, 2017

Dear December – a month where we can all look forward to spending precious time together

 And snuggling down in the warmth to escape the long dark evenings and crisp frosty weather!

 Chipping Sodbury is looking festive with its decorations, trees and blinking and twinkling lights,

 Adding to a wonderful and colourful theme to brighten and create the mood for those dark winter nights!

 Victorian Day takes place with fun and frolics for all the family firmly guaranteed

 With a visit from Father Christmas, magicians and musicians performing and a sumptuous hog roast to feed!

 Snow will fall, choirs will sing, and the streets will be lined with stalls stocked with chestnuts and mince pies,

 Plus all sorts of sparkling seasonal goodies – a feast for your senses and eyes!

 There is the Chipping Sodbury Christmas lunch plus the Vintage and Handmade Fair

 And the amazing Crib Festival and workshops with special scenes to gaze at and share!

 Come and stay at The Moda house and try our new marmalade made to a new more traditional recipe

 And do a spot of local sightseeing as well as indulging in a little spending spree!

 So as nature draws down its shutters on this year and the Christmas phenomenon kicks in

 We wish everyone a happy and healthy time with friends, loved ones and next of kin!



By Jo MacArthur 26 Oct, 2017


It’s that time once again for the fireworks to light up the night sky

 With the silver sparklers whirring round, and the fiery flames reaching up high!

 The darker autumn evenings are starting to feel crisp, clear and cool

 And on the ground the gold, red and brown leaves create a colourful and crunchy whirlpool!

 As usual there is plenty going on in Chipping Sodbury and the local neighbourhood

 From concerts to Fayre’s, and even a 1940’s Sweetheart Ball to recreate the vintage mood!

 On Remembrance Sunday the Sodbury Slog will get underway yet again

 Over a scenic and hilly route with muddy, wet and super challenging terrain!

 At the Moda House a new wireless fire system has been installed and updated

 With wiring and detectors removed that were obsolete and antiquated!

 Once the fireworks have fizzled out the countdown to Christmas will commence

 With heaps of pop up shops appearing just adding to temptation and more expense!

 So come for a visit and jolly to enjoy the Chipping Sodbury and our little hotel

 And be captured by our house and its charms and full under the town’s magic spell!


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