Winter downtime

We've been using the shorter days to whip the raised beds in the yurt meadow into shape. We've now finished raised bed number 2 and it's manured and ready for the spring and the autumn raspberry canes are cut and resting, ready to burst into growth in the spring again!

The red onions are coming up well in raised bed 1, untouched by the wood pigeons. They should be plump and sweet by the early summer, ready to be gently pulled up and chopped into a salad or turned into a veggie kebab for the bar-b-q.

Bringing home one of the new electric bikes!
Installing the solar pv panels

Christmas Gift Vouchers Special!

Struggling to find a special present this Christmas - why not give an Ivy Grange Farm gift voucher? We can offer vouchers for a two night break upwards (from £150) or vouchers in denominations of £50 for your recipient to put towards a relaxing yurt holiday in beautiful Suffolk countryside. Beautifully presented, with space for you to personalise as required, we can offer these vouchers right up until the final Christmas posting dates. And of course we can also offer birthday and special occasion gift vouchers whenever you're looking for that something a little bit special.

Bringing home one of the new electric bikes!
Installing the solar pv panels

Busy Times

We're now looking ahead to our next season and wizzed down to Somerset to collect the new Lapwing yurt - complete with soft green lining and sheep's felt for warmth throughout the season. Paul King at Woodland Yurts, who made the yurt, is also the author of The Complete Yurt Handbook and you can see more about what he's up to here http://www.woodlandyurts.co.uk/

Bringing home one of the new electric bikes!
Installing the solar pv panels

End of the season

We've finally closed our doors for the year - and what a great time we've had. Lots of fantastic guests and it's been a delight to see them all enjoying all the things there are to do locally, as well as just relaxing on the decking and watching the sunset! We've had some fans of Roger Deakin's Waterlog book who've been tracking down the various wild swimming spots; others who've spent happy days crabbing at Walberswick and many have enjoyed discovering the excellent local food and drink, whether fresh fish straight from the boats at Southwold quay or the delights of St Peter's Brewery.

Bringing home one of the new electric bikes!
Installing the solar pv panels

Yurt guests and holidays!

We're having a glorious summer - full for most of July and for the whole of August, which has been very satisfying for a new venture like ours! Great guests and a real mix, some with children, some coming for a romantic get-away, some with bikes strapped to the roof rack and a few by train. The woodland shower has proved a huge hit with all of them - from six-year old Seth who "hates showers but loves the woodland shower" to those who've been enjoying candle-lit showers in the dusk.

Bringing home one of the new electric bikes!
Installing the solar pv panels

Open for Yurt Holidays!

It's been a lot of long hours over the past weeks (and months) but we finally had our open day for Westhall residents and businesses, followed by our first guests! The local paper ran a really nice piece with photos - front page and inside page - though Nick complains that he didn't know the photographer was coming, so didn't look his best. You can judge for yourself.

Bringing home one of the new electric bikes!
Installing the solar pv panels

The Woodland Shower!

The two-person woodland shower is now up and running, and Nick and I have been doing our best to test it out regularly to ensure that it works perfectly for our guests! There's nothing quite like standing beneath hot running water with the sun shining (maybe it will again, one day....) with the goldfinches flitting about the trees. We can definitely recommend it! And knowing that the hot water comes from the solar thermal (which is working very efficiently) makes it doubly satisfying somehow!

Bringing home one of the new electric bikes!
Installing the solar pv panels

As recommended by guardian.co.uk

Ten great new UK holidays for 2011

From cattle ranching to cycling for softies, and staying in a smuggler's house to wild camping, we've rounded up some of the best new things to do and places to stay in the UK

Check out our listing at http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/jun/13/uk-whats-new-holidays-accommodation

Bringing home one of the new electric bikes!
Installing the solar pv panels