Simon and Gilly met whilst working for the BBC and married in 1994.
Simon had always lived in Derbyshire. His family moved from Holloway to Manor Farm at Dethick in 1957.
He left school to go to Birmingham University and eventually found his way to becoming a presenter on a long running BBC childrens' television programme.
Gilly had grown up in Nottinghamshire. After joining the BBC in 1975, her journey took her from Radio Nottingham, to Pebble Mill, Elstree, then Norwich and it was whilst working for BBC East she met Simon.
They left the BBC in 1995 (Simon) and 1996 (Gilly) and moved to a smallholding at Riber just outside Matlock and a mile from Dethick. Simon looked after the smallholding running a flock of pedigree Charollais sheep whilst continuing to work in broadcasting setting up his own production company. Gilly set up a herd of prize winning Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs and her first bed and breakfast business.
They moved to Dethick, Simon's family home, in 2005, when Simon's parents decided to retire to the lovely house they had built about a mile away.
Manor Farm is a much larger farming enterprise and the bed and breakfast business which Simon's mum had set up was expanded when one wing of the house was completely renovated and restored to provide additional bed and breakfast accommodation.
Simon has continued to work in broadcasting and Gilly has capitalised on the successful business set up by her mother in law.