Winter break for the Yurts

The yurts are all happily tucked away for the winter now, enjoying time in the new yurt-store that we built last winter.  We had a good few weeks of sunshine in which to take them down, aided by a couple of great volunteers, Andrea and Nicola, throughout the early autumn period.  All the canvases have been cleaned and re-proofed, so everything will look fresh when we put the yurts up again ready for the Easter holidays.

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

Wildflowers

The yurt meadow was surveyed by a wildflower expert in June and she found 47 different species of grasses and wildflowers on a single day!  As many of you will know, we try to manage the meadow to encourage wildlife and have a grass-and-wildlflower-friendly cutting regime, with different sections cut at different times.

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

Wild flowers and bee orchids!

Very excited to have our grass and wild flower species list back from an amazing local wildlife and flower expert.  A snapshot in June shows 47 different grass and wild flower species, including this fantastic bee orchid, in the meadow.  We're really pleased, as we've been working hard to manage the meadow and hedges to improve our range of flora and fauna and it looks as though it's working.

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

2019 calendar open for bookings!

We've already had enquiries about next year's availability so we've opened our 2019 calendar for bookings - don't delay for those popular dates!  We've put our prices up slightly for next year - our first rise for 3 years and having checked what others are charging, feel we are still competitively priced for our offering, we hope you agree.  

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

Single Use Plastic

Last year we started a  "plastic" group in our village, to explore what we could do to reduce our own personal use of plastic and help others to do the same.  We met some great new people, had fun along the way (ask Nick about making the plastic flowers!) and had lots of fun pizza evenings using ingredients that hadn't come packaged in plastic (surprisingly easy, we discovered).  We became aware, however, that no matter how much we cut down our own use, it wasn't helping much if our recycling bins were still filled with lots of plastic from our yurt guests.

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

Light in the Darkness

With dark nights and snowy scenes, we've been having a lovely time trying out Swedish Torches (or fire logs)!  According to the interweb The Swedish Torch gets its name from the Thirty Years War (1618-48) during which the torches were used by Swedish soldiers.  Through a specially developed sawing process, the soldiers were able to use fresh pinewood, sawing into the logs to give them a much needed source of heat meaning they didn't need to travel great distances to get firewood at camp.

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

Welcome to 2018

We enjoyed a relaxing December with lots of social activities and plenty of table tennis practise!  We're now getting down to business and planning for the new season starting at the end of March.  For those who admired the lovely willow and dog-wood sun sculpture we commissioned from local artists Adele Goodchild which adorns the end of the barn, you'll be pleased to hear that she's working on a range of new art/nature projects for us for 2018, so watch this space.

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

Gift Vouchers

Thinking about a Christmas present for your nearest and dearest?  We're offering Gift Vouchers (for Christmas and throughout the year); the Vouchers can be made out for any amount and are very easy to order - just email us at info@ivygrangefarm.co.uk with details of how much you want to spend and the name of the recipient - we'll send you details of how to pay and get everything set up so that we can email across the voucher with a welcome letter for the recipient (or can post it if you prefer).

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

Autumnal

Thought I'd share some of these lovely seasonal photos from one of our recent yurt guests; we do love a good September!  We always love a good photo of the crown "wheel" inside the yurts (this one is Swallow); the rainbows have been fabulous these past few weeks and Swallow yurt looks like it's been sitting in the meadow for all time, even though it's our newest yurt and just in its 3rd year (you might need to click on this photo to get the full effect).

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt

Autumn Full Moon Walks

We've confirmed the dates for our autumn full moon walks and are very exciting about our up-coming September walk on Wednesday 6th, when we're doing a local route around the village (lovely footpaths and beautifully quiet lanes!) with a half-way stop off at our ancient church of St Andrew's for a talk about bats from Suffolk Widlife Trust and we get to use bat detectors.  We really do have bats in the belfry, so we shouldn't be short of sightings!

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Taking down Swallow yurt
Taking down Yellowhammer yurt