Monday, 8 January 2018

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018

Happy New Year to all bloggers, all those who have camped with us in 2017 and all those hoping to camp with us in 2018.

I have been decidedly 'slack' on the blogging and twitter front in 2017, lots of excuses and not really any, so my new year's resolution is to do better in 2018!

As a quick 2017 resume then, our camping season was fairly strictly based around the school holidays. Families and children were our predominant guests for the first 3 weeks and it was lovely to be really family friendly. We only have 6-8 pitches at any one time, so we keep the site small but roomy, which is just as well, because 2017 saw some enormous tents for some relatively small families - which has caused me to rethink tariffs for 2018 - more of that in another blog.
Couples and groups of friends favoured us for the rest of the holidays with a Duke of Edinburgh group and several people en route to the Isles of Scilly, using us as a stop off point.
There were a few additions to the site this year, we built a small cabin for the campsite manager to be on hand for 'meeting and greeting' in 2017, which doubled as a shady spot for the hot labrador!
The cabin also provided a comfy and 'cooling' den for the nephews to read and relax, whilst their parents took down the tent and packed up the car.
Next year, the plan is to rent out the campsite cabin with bunkbeds for two, as an alternative to sleeping in a tent.
There were a few new is one..............not mine, it belongs to the fourteen year old
this one is mine, although most of the time it is commendeered by the boys in my team......
As always the weather was variable, with our fair share of the wet stuff, which I have to say has continued into the 2017 autumn and winter - as can be seen from this winter picture of the ride-on lawnmower 'toy'! Fortunately, we also had an equal amount of sunshine, enough to keep us smiling and walking and cycling and swimming and surfing and horseriding and paddleboarding, lying on a beach and eating icecream and so on.  And on a sunny day, this is the sort of view you can expect on a cliff walk on the southern coastal path from Porthgwarra.
You can swim in a crystal clear pool through a chasm in the cliffs.....with or without the dog. Wonderful!
wander along gorse and heather footpaths
Look for creatures and faces in the rocks and stones, this cliff even looks like an Easter Island face.
And as a project to keep us busy over the autumn and winter, we have created...
with hard work and diligence and a lot of manpower from the dedicated campsite team
a slightly bigger cabin, for tack and 'tat' and the campsite manager to do more meeting and greeting...............
Despite all the hardwork from the boys and all the varnishing, varnishing and more varnishing that she needed to complete, it was necessary for the campsite manager, as always to ensure the equine was exercised - all work, no play makes Jill a very dull girl after all -
More recently it has been the season to be jolly, so a little christmas shopping in St Ives was required
.....not a bad place to christmas shop? Actually it is am amazing place for festive shopping.
And then there are the lights of Mousehole to enjoy and Tom Bawcock's Eve to dance and jig at
and not forgetting the homemade mince pies
and the festive winter walk on a beach....Sennen
Happy New year everyone....see you in 2018!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Golowan and Mazey Day 24th June

The month of June brought a couple of 'pop-up' campers, just dropping in, either hot and weary and looking for a shower and a quiet campsite, or looking for the beautiful agapanthus' fields that border us.
Despite not really being open until July, we have not turned them away, we love 'providing' for weary travellers!
And an email from some hopeful campers who stayed with us last year and once again were visiting Cornwall for Mazey Day prompted us to open for part of the Golowan week.....what a good idea!

Love Mazey Day, with its giant sculptures and bands and market stalls and music on every street corner and food galore! Perfect. And this year was no exception.
June also indulged me in a little tourist tripping..... I visited the Tate in St Ives and loved their present display of pottery and ceramics

That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today

and surprised myself by finding a "WOW" factor in the ocean facing gallery with

Jessica Warboys
large scale tip though, would be to enter the gallery the opposite way to how you are signposted, for the wow factor.
Another wow factor, but more of a slow-mo WO-OW was visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
It was my first time visiting and I immediately asked myself the question "how I had not managed to visited before?" What a tranquil space. Both the garden itself and the combination of garden and sculptures are just a delight to dally in. It was a beautiful sunny day when I visited and had I not been hungry and in need of some scrumptious St Ives food, I could have stayed there all day!

I am not sure what Barbara intended with these sculptures, but they remind me so much of the Merry Maidens and the Piper stones.

Here are the real Merry Maidens, dancing on the Sabbath.

The sunshine in June was unparallelled, it was hot and blue and sunny and impossible not to spend some time on the beaches, here are some of my favourite pictures from Pednavounder, across to Porthcurno

and across to Logan Rock
and from the coastal path above Treen beach

Even treated myself to some cliff walks, past Porthchapel beach
and along the headland

It has been a lovely month to remind myself how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful part of Cornwall and the UK, but if walking is not really your 'thing', there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the cornish coast and countryside, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, cycling whether road or mountain biking and motorbiking ofcourse, the north coast road from St Ives to St Just and beyond is just awesome. And ofcourse there is horseriding! Our campsite has a very local riding stables, as seen through-the-ears-of-a-horse, just a short ride or car journey along the lane to Tremenheere.
At home, we have been tending our sheep and poultry....the garden is still a little wild, but is on my agenda for August and I managed to catch a family of pheasants, including a chick, if you look closely enough, benefiting from the chicken corn!
A good month and a good omen for the rest of the summer I believe. Bookings are beginning to fill our pages in the campsite diary and we are getting excited about meeting new and returning campers, so let me welcome you to Cornwall. See you soon!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Campsite will be open July and August

Apologies to anyone who has looked at our blog and been disappointed we were not opening, we had thought to close this year in order to concentrate on our sheep and horses, but looks like we can open after all!
It was our first year keeping sheep and expecting lambs and we had no idea how it would all go and whether, having reduced our grazing in order to plant 500 tree saplings in the autumn and added 7 sheep into the equation, plus expecting lambs, whether there would be space for camping. So, early in the year we decided to not advertise for camping this year.  However, having got lambing out the way and our 5 lambs are growing on nicely now, their mums have also been shorn and all seems well, we have rearranged the campsite paddock a little to accomodate a reduced number of tents and campers.
Compost toilets have been 'mucked out' and spruced up and are ready for use, the family sized changing room is dusted-out and the hot outdoor shower in working order, even the sycamore tree is in full leaf to offer you a leafy canopy whilst you shower, (our shower has a pebble floor, so some people like to wear flipflops whilst showering).
If you shower by candlelight, you might even be able to look up at the stars whilst you cleanse!
We have been gardening madly to try and reveal what nature is trying to reclaim. The beech hedge we planted two years ago is looking lovely

and the tree ferns are uncurling new fronds
The exotic bed still needs some work, but from a distance looks great and I have all summer!
This year we have space for 4, rather than 8 camping pitches, tents or campervans. There is a communal fire pit to toast marshmallows on, or cook up a campfire stew.

Two taps and sinks provide water, (but you need your own washing-up bowl)
Eggs are for sale through the @eggentrepeneur go-kart at the end of the drive and what a view you get buying them
and the campsite manager is likely to be more on site this year to help with additional information.
We do not have electricity or hook ups, so no fridge or washing machine facilities, we are simple, basic camping, but we would love you to stay with us and use the local footpaths, byways.......

 .........  leafy cart tracks and lanes,
enjoy watching our lambs play, wander through our newly planted wood, maybe groom a pony,
dig your toes into the sand on one of our gorgeous beaches,
meander through the beautiful sculpture gardens and eventually sit round an evening's campfire discussing the daytime activities and sharing stories with each other.
Our tariff is the same as last year. Adult £6 Child £3 per night, no charge for car or tent. Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Bookings can be made in advance from the beginnning of July, or just turn up! Open from July 22nd.