In October I was the guest of HolidayCottages.co.uk at Lympscott Barn in Devon along with several other bloggers. It’s a gorgeous converted barn building on a real working farm, in the middle of nowhere. One of the first things I noticed was a family of Buzzards, how I wish I could have captured a photograph of them. To me that’s a sign of proper countryside, the wildlife. This area certainly wasn’t short of animals, flowers and character. This was a truly massive cottage, sleeping 14 comfortably. The living room, dining room and kitchen were all merged in a huge downstairs room just to the left of the entrance hall. To the right was the downstairs bedroom where Annie and Tanya stayed and this room was more disability friendly was its bathroom is really a wet room and it has a private patio. What I liked most was it had a […]
I am writing this from a gorgeous en-suite bathroom at Lympscott cottage in Devon (thanks to HolidayCottages.co.uk), it’s a lovely bathroom but I’d rather be asleep in bed given its now 2am. I’m sat on the floor willing my stomach to calm the heck down. It’s been a great day, I gatecrashed a swim the channel challenge at Bude sea pool on Summerleaze beach, I’ve been for a 3 mile walk around a lake and gone to a quaint pub for dinner. Sadly I ate cheese at lunchtime, I thought I’d be alright but nope. During the treasure hunt lake walk my belly started to swell up to pregnant proportions and the pain built up. I’ve been cranky and a bit moany, I now feel a bit guilty. Sitting here, knowing three other people can hear me being unwell, I am praying they are asleep. I was thinking of wandering to […]
After the River Dart fuss and mass eviction we managed to find somewhere. We are now many miles away in Europa Park at Woolacombe bay. We are on the side of a steep hill but the camping areas have been levelled off. This place has a dog friendly bar restaurant, showers and all the basics plus a swimming pool with a sauna. It even has its own petrol station and Spar shop.
It is 4am and I have just woken up in the rent, I’ve got myself an irritating cold and sore throat. Anyways, enough of that. 4 am, I’d expect it to be quieter than it is. In the forest next to us, I can hear the river flowing and splashing, and something is walking about slowly in the woods, sneaking but breaking twigs, rustling through bushes, ferns and brambles. I’m thinking it might be a fox, sniffling and sneaking about? The loudest noise, after Blokey’s snoring and the river is the owl. Since we pitched up tent here at the River Dart country park the owl has made herself known. From shortly after nightfall she starts calling, twit twoooo, twit twoooo. I thought she might stop, but apparently not, she’s still awake now and going for it! There is also some kind of bird of prey out there. It’s almost […]
I am typing from the M5 – no one panic, I am not the driver! We are off camping for a fortnight, and when we go camping it’s more like “glamping”. We have our new Vango Airbeam With extension porch, and a “footprint” and carpets. This is not just a tent, it is bigger than our garden. We do not have a big garden, but still! Best bits are it has inflatable tubes instead of fiddly fibre glass rods. The main structure is up in minutes as it has a powerful pump. It takes longer to peg in the guide ropes than put the tent up. Last big camp we still had our Vango Sungari, which although it was a lovely tent for a family it was a nightmare to put put. It resulted in arguments every single time we set up camp. We decided last time that enough was […]
Most summer holidays, in the last fortnight, we go away camping to Cornwall. This year we are going somewhere slightly different, Devon. Okay, it’s not massively different geographically but its much closer in time as we can get there almost entirely on the M5. The A30 is OK, until its not, and then you are stuck in long queues with no way around it. So this year, no thanks. In August we will go to Dart River camp site, near the moors. Within the camp site itself there is a few adventure playgrounds, and other cool things like canoeing, rope climbs and zorbing. Sounds pretty good as several of these on site activities are included in the price of camping. We will still be near beaches, sadly pebble beaches not sand. There will be the moorland to explore with a picnic rucksack. Something different from the city for the boys. […]