We are having a lovely, busy, winter! The pergola by the pizza oven is now well underway, with the wooden frame pretty much in place, just the roof to go on and some trellis to finish. The grapevine (Reliance) went into the ground before winter, the plan being that it will romp away over the pergola and provide bunches of grapes in a year or two for someone to peel for you whilst your pizza cooks. We're re-working the path through to the pizza area from the barn to make it easier to get backwards and forwards and Nick's been designing some great seating and long oak tables for the pergola space. Can't wait to see the first pizza evening!
We've been doing a lot of landscaping too, with the hedge by the roadside now in hand (it was beginning to go to scrub!) and plans for improved wildlife habitats - strips of bird-friendly seeds and plants, improved dead-hedging for over-wintering creatures, more hedgehog hotels (hedgehogs were very popular with our yurt guests last season!) and cleaning out of the bird and barn-owl boxes. The barn owl has been for a few visits over the winter, so we're keeping our fingers crossed for a resident owl in the spring. We've been trying to work out a wildlife info sheet for children (and maybe adults) to use to highlight different features of the meadow, so watch this space.... Our campfire-wood pile is growing very nicely - we are now expert wood-splitters and the Norwegian Wood book has become our bible.
Our 10 Favourite Days Out now have their own section on the website - it's a bit of a short-cut to some of the lovely things to do around and about (if we were here for a week or so we'd love to do all of them), whether you're here for a romantic break, a family holiday, or just getting away with some friends. We've included QR codes so that you can scan the info into your phone and head off; we'll also have a folder here with all the info for anyone who likes something a bit more traditional!
We've been doing very well with bookings - many of our lovely guests booked immediately for the new season whilst they were here in 2015 - and are looking forward to being included in the new Glamping Getaways book being published by Cool Camping later this year, as well as a fun nature at night book coming out this summer. Very much looking forward to seeing familiar faces in the new season and meeting new guests when we re-open for Easter! And very excited to see that we're top of the list for Mumsnet's Top 10 Glamping Sites!! Delighted to be taking bookings already from the Mumsnet crowd.
And, we've made more marmalade!!