Spent the day in the sunshine putting up the yurt overlooking the small lake in the wild meadow full of flowers and grasses. It looks amazing and will be a chill out zone for our guests staying in Ruby and Lilly. An area to stop, unwind, digitally detox and watch the swallows dive into the water to drink. Check out airbnb for availability. Devon Valley Glamping
With all this glorious weather and promises of a golden summer, J has a burst of energy. Recycling the wood from our son’s wedding, it’s last life was a platform for the band. It’s going to have the wee yurt on it with games and comfy cushions, in case we have any inclement weather, never ? Surely not. It’s down in our meadow besides a the pond a favourite place to sit, listen and watch and just slow down. The evenings bring the swallows swooping through the air taking a snack then diving low over the pond to quench their thirsts, what could be more peaceful and life affirming.
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Ruby, our Safari 1972 caravan is gleaming having had a spring clean and repaint. She is still sitting in the Orchard and looking like a wee haven of tranquility with all the apple blossom around. She awaits her visitors and Jon has made our Air b&b live for booking.
Ruby is ready for you
He has also made an amazing new eco shower and compost loo in the upper barn. The shower is heated by solar thermal energy and don’t worry he has cleverly put a back up electric emersion heater so hot water should be there all the time. The compost loo is a clever Swedish design, also powered by our solar energy. There is a mains fridge and freezer also available for your use.
We are still working on Lily, our Carlight Casalette 1978 and she is going to be the meadow by the river. She should be on line for booking soon.
Come and relax and unwind away from technology in our valley. Listen to the woodpeckers and owls and watch our Jacobs sheep across the meadows
Jon continues to run drawing and painting lessons if you fancy and I can help you with any knitting or crochet problems. I also teach beginners spinning.
looks like my chain plying is improving. This yarn is made by me from our own small flock of Jacob sheep. It was mordanted with alum then dyed with dyers chamomile, onion skins and three exhausts of cochineal. It amazes me how strong cochineal is, so few wee dried beasties. I then spun on my Ashford and chain plyed. Think I will crochet some new cushions for Liy and Ruby our retro caravans which we are spring cleaning ready for the season. They should be up on air b&b in May, watch this space.
Sea side holidays click here to check out Mellow Cottage our home by the sea
We just fell in love with this place, the clearing sea air certainly blows the cobwebs away. Walk out of the front door and a short stroll down the road and there full on view of the expanse of sand, sea and sky. A few more steps and your on the beach, let those 2 and 4 legged companions free.
View from the bottom of Tywarnhale road
Mellow Cottage is perfect for family and quiet get aways alike. Forgot the milk? Just pop down the road, no need to use your car, friendly locals and fellow holiday makers. Lots of choice of eateries, pubs, ice cream and of course Cornish pasties. The cottage is cosy in winter with full central heating and a log burner for a really snuggle down evening. There are all mod cons, with a BBQ on the sun soaked back terrace and a secure courtyard at the front for surfboards and bikes. Memories made at Mellow Cottage will bring a warm tingle for years to come. We love going there in the midst of winter, somehow Cornwall is always sunny or so it seems, the wind blows the clouds in land.
Lewis 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
Jonny and Dizzy
Beautiful colourful panorama
Mountain Ash and doggies
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.
So, with all that yarn, some free weaving on my Ashford knitter and the results drying on the line.
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.
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.