Devon valley glamping goes to the sea side


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.

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.


My friend Sarah’s fantastic blog of circular walks round Cornwall


Yesterday being the coldest day I have ever experienced in Cornwall, visiting Penzance to collect the organic bag (and hide ourselves from the biting south easterly wind for a welcome lunch and turmeric latte in Archie Browns) then hiding from the wind again in the warmth of the Newlyn Filmhouse to have our senses numbed by […]

via Walk No.6: Helford to Dennis Head – in mud and mist — sarahsixty5

Preparations for a wedding


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



Walks nearby – autumn colours at Castle Drogo



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.

Many changes in the valley with more to come!!


after many days falling into months Jonny and I decided “we must downsize”. So our beloved house was sold and we have moved into our tiny 2 bed cottage. Of course with 4 grown up children and their spouses returning for high days and holidays we had to extend. Squeezed into our cottage we began what is nearly a years worth of building strife and angst.

The barn connected to our cottage will be our new sitting room with the kitchen moving into the old studio. But what to do with the studio and its contents? “Build a barn in the woods” of course, a workshop and new home for the solar panels. Oh words are so easy and imagined plans flow with technicolor satisfaction. The reality of trying to implement them brought us the reality of our own limitations. Age does really not come alone, new hips, slipped disks, hernias all attempt to sabotage ours plans.

but the fruitition of those plans are nearly a reality and we hope by Christmas to be christening our new wood burner.

next summer we hope to have Ruby in the orchard, Rory in the wood and hopefully our 22 foot yurt in the meadow. Watch this space!!

Autumn has arrived 2


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.