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!

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

Winter

We had a great time at the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere - beautiful December light and marsh and hen harriers  Plenty of people had spotted the waxwings on the berries, but we not us, sadly, though we did see a water rail, creeping out from behind the reeds, which was fun.  The resident ponies blend beautifully with the winter colours.

And from there, we wandered down to the beach which is glorious in winter. The dead tree trunk was a similar bleached colour to the ponies and reeds, and looked sculptural just lying on the shingle. 

Busy Autumn

We've just heard that our planning application has been approved allowing us to operate the yurt business, so we're now able to progress some repairs and improvements to the barn (as an R&R space for yurt guests), and get to grips with the logistics for building the yurt decks, the outdoor showers and compost toilets.

Mellow fruitfulness

The past few weeks seem to have revolved around flora and fauna, judging by the current crop of photos.  Despite the wet August and September, we've been having a good time working on the meadow, roping in gallant friends and encouraging them with copious amounts of food and drink.  

Busy few weeks

It's been a busy few weeks, with the fun, heat and mayhem of Latitude followed by serious work on planning and building regulations during a damp August!

Sumer Is Icumen In

The grass in the field is being cut, with our very own hay bales to follow shortly. With no rain for the past couple of weeks, the process was very dusty, but lovely to see the shapes the tractor makes while avoiding our willow beds and elders. The hay is being cut by, and going to, the cattle farmer just round the corner, which feels good and local. The local birds of prey were out as soon as the tractor had finished...