Category Archives: Devon Life

Grandson Noah has inspired a flurry of creatures being made in the valley

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Preparations for a wedding

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img_0736Lewis our son and his beautiful fiancé are to marry here next August. So much planning and preparation is underway, I thought a pond in our water meadow where we could have decking and in time our large yurt for glamping to add to the caravans, and for the wedding the small yurt either the newly weds or a fun spot for the actual wedding guests.

So, our trusty digger man arrived to dig the hole, make good field entances and drain boggy patches.

heres Dizzy and Barney really excited about their new playground

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Walks nearby – autumn colours at Castle Drogo

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There’s nothing more self nourishing than an autumn walk when some of the crunchy leaves are underfoot and the remainder still on the trees. Resplendent in their fulfilled     hues of golden reds. This autumn has been particularly good in the South West of England, it always feels like we are giving ourselves a present, filling our reserves for the winter to come.

The valley from Castle Drogo from west to east to the village pub at  Drewsteignton is now part of the Woodlands Trust. It is full of wonderful majestic Oaks, Beech and lovely Mountain Ash, heavy with bright red berries. It is a good hours walk with the prize at the end, home made soup and a pint for lunch at The Drewe Arms, yum, followed by the joyous hike back towards the lowering sun to cancel out any guilt. Happy dogs, happy people.

Autumn has arrived 2

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I have always loved the colours of autumn, the warmth, the golden colours emerging from the greens of summer, treasure.
I have been carding my naturally dyed wool with commercial fleece i.e. bought from Bristol wool fair, along with re-cycled sari yarn, silk, alpaca, jute, linen etc etc. All together they make a pallet of autumn or so i felt.

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Glamping down in the valley

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Daisy and Ruby have had a steady flow of visitors throughout the summer. Lots of lovely people coming for an escape from busy lives to digitally detox and enjoy the beautiful green rolling hills of north Devon. Check out devonvalleyglamping, you can book through airbnb, we still have some dates for September. We will be closing at the end of September and open again next May.

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Hand woven with hand spun and dyed wool mixed with silks, alpaca etc

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Some woven cushions inspired by walks in nearby woods when they were full of the most amazing foxgloves. I am just loving my Ashford knitters loom and free weaving.

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