April's Full Moon Walk Saturday 23rd
Fancy walking by the light of the full moon? Come and stay for the weekend of 22/23 April and join one of our full moon walks, always fun and a wonderful experience. In April we're planning a walk along the Blyth Estuary, always a treat but especially so in spring, when we're hoping that the newly arrived nightingales will be serenading us as we walk. The walk will be 5-6 miles, over fairly level terrain and suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness, you'll just need stout walking shoes and suitable clothing.
April's Full Moon Walk Saturday 23rd
Come and join us on Saturday 23 April for a walk by the Blyth Estuary - a beautiful spot at any time of the year but very special in late April, when we're hoping that we will be serenaded by the nightingales, just arrived to spend their summer here! The walk will be 5-6 miles, across fairly level terrain and suitable for anyone who's reasonably fit. We'll set off at dusk and are usually out for 3 hours, sometimes wth a pub involved! Yurt guests are always welcome to come along and we still have some availability for that weekend!
Putting up a Mongolian yurt
We've had a great March, putting up the yurts again with help from friends and family! There's always great interest from guests about how the yurts are constructed - Woodpecker, our traditional Mongolian, is the largest and we thought you might enjoy some photos of the process! Paul Jackson and Adele Goodchild helped with Woodpecker (always easier with 4 people for this bigger yurt) and the photos are courtesy of Adele (with thanks!).
April's Nightingale Full Moon Walk!
We're already looking forward to our Full Moon Walk in April on the evening of Saturday the 23rd. It will follow the route of a walk we did at the same time last year - besides the fun of hearing the wading birds all making a fuss about going to bed as the moon comes up, we were delighted to be serenaded as we walked back up the Blyth estuary by the male nightingales calling to the females as they flew in on migration, from the branches overhead.
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.
Full Moon Walks
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.
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....
Mists and mellow fruitfulness
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.
September's Super Full Moon Walk
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.
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).