Yurts and Coronavirus
First of all we should stay that our thoughts are with all our lovely guests and we are hoping that you and your families are keeping safe and well. We continue to be open for short breaks and holidays throughout the year and are monitoring government announcements on a daily basis and will keep this blog as well as our FaceBook page updated with where we're at. We've been in touch with our April guests to offer to move their breaks to later in the year for anyone who would prefer that and will contact May guests within the next week or so, once we see how things are looking. In the meantime if you have any questions do please give us a call on 07802 456087. We have put measures in place to minimise the risk of catching Coronavirus, with a new paper towel dispenser installed and a stack of 10,000 paper towels to go with it; we have a good stock of bars of soap, information about hand-washing (though everyone must be familiar with the routine by now), a huge stack of tea-towels and appropriate laundry baskets and bins dotted around. We are also blessed with plenty of fresh air and, of course, each yurt has their own cooking facilities and equipment for cooking at the yurt, in addition to the shared facilities. We're also expecting a surge in the use of the (heated) woodland showers this year, so they are freshly serviced and all ready to go. We've been heartened by the responses from many of our returning guests, who are happy with the cleanliness and standards of hygiene at the yurts and tell us that they are very much looking forward to their Easter breaks, and we look forward to welcoming many returning and new guests this year. With a heartfelt thanks for your continuing support in these difficult times, and best wishes to you all. And, we have to stay, after a good amount of winter rain the flowers are looking fabulous!
Our September walk, celebrating the first anniversary of our monthly walks went brilliantly well, with clear skies, as is so often the case on full moon nights, and lots of walkers. 12 of us set off up the River Waveney from Beccles in Big Dog Ferry and met another 10 people at the Lock's Inn at Geldeston (always a treat) before returning to Beccles along the north bank of the river. As is becoming usual, we had a great barn owl sighting in Geldeston, were serenaded by tawny owls through the woods and used the bat detector to listen to pipistrelles over the marshes. What an evening with a lovely bunch of people! Here's to the next one... If you are interesting, keep an eye on our FaceBook page where we always post the walks with details of date/time/route. Thanks to Richard Dwelly for this photo of us setting off up the river and to Sally Harrington for the lovely moon shots - this was the Super Moon and night of the eclipse.
To all our wonderful yurt guests this year. It's been fantastic to see so many familiar faces returning and to meet lots of lovely new people. We've had the most enjoyable year and are already looking forward to 2016. This week the yurts start coming down to be fully proofed and packed away till we start again next March. Until then....
It's a great autumn for berries and all things autumnal, from fungus to haw and blackberries. We love seeing the change of season and how our yurt guests enjoy different aspects of the environment. One of our lovely yurt guests meandered round the meadow a week ago and took these shots of yurt-life in the autumn, which we thought we'd share with you... Thanks Adele.
We're planning for the September Full Moon Walk on Sunday 27th and already looking forward to it! This will be the 4th year we've run the walk though this time we'll be leading it ourselves, without Dixe Wills who is currently out of the country. As usual, we'll post details of the walk on our FaceBook page (worth "liking" us if you haven't already, to keep up-to-date with any late availability, special offers and general news and photos) with timings and you can sign up there. Don't worry if you're not on FB, as the posts appear on our website front page too. We're planning to walk along the River Waveney and, with a super full moon in the off-ing (the moon will be closer to the Earth than usual and appears larger) it should be a great event.
We've been delighted to receive reports of snuffling hedgehogs from our yurt guests over the past month or so; you will probably know that hedgehogs are sadly becoming an endangered species and as we have them around and about the garden and meadow we are doing what we can to help them survive and prosper. So we've been building Hog Hotels as well as Beetle Banks (on the basis that the more we can help buglife, the more likely we are to have lots of hedgehogs, birds etc). And no sooner did Nick finish painting the Hog Hotel sign than we had a call from a neighbour requesting a hedgehog re-homing! We introduced him/her to their new home - a concrete drainpipe filled with straw - and s/he was off, snuggling down for the day to build up energy for the night ahead.
And now we know what they get up to when they are prowling around the site at night. We're indebted to Sally Bassett for this photo of a hedgehog, snuggled up between two bricks by the campfire embers down by Yellowhammer yurt, having snacked on a slice of pizza she had been looking forward to eating after her moonlit shower!
Sally (she of the hedgehog photo) has started a great new venture in the village, Sunnyside Teas, on Thursdays and Fridays during August. Well worth looking in if you fancy a little stroll - the homemade lemonade comes highly recommended.