Well the campsite gates are closed, and the bunting has been taken down and washed and ironed 😉 ready for next year. Lotttie and Mabel Caravans have been dressed up for photos, and now dressed down for winter, and our small campsite seems very quiet indeed.
To mark closing and surviving our first season I was treated to a new outfit – a green Boilersuit! It takes me back to when I was about 10 and my mum and dad bought me a Massey Fergi Boilersuit for Christmas. The new one has had lots of use already as we have been working very hard “down field”. It is now possible to see all the way down stream to our small wooded area. The view from what will be our new stream side pitches, is gorgeous over the hills with the sheep and cows grazing. The view is worth every one of the extra few paces to the showerblock in my opinion. We are certainly loving taking in the views working “down field”.
Before the “big storm” lots of the trees over the stream had already received a drastic haircut. The mass of brambles have also been attacked with some vigour, which is what they needed. Unsurprisingly, our finds have included a haymaker, 15 old aliminum windows, 2 old trailers, and an “amazing spaces” horse box. These are in addition to our other recent finds, and our dumper truck has made life easier getting our finds up field.
The wood we have taken down, has been logged, and is now seasoning, for all next years campfires so we have wood a plenty. Our wood piles are huge, and there is no danger of us running out.
We have almost finished the clearing stage of the work, and the bank area is to be raised from what we take out when extending the road, and creating our wildlife pond.
Our next task which we start on Monday is to de-silt the stream, and we have already made our sandbags. We expect it is years since it has been done, and another task that is new to us, and for which our digger will make easier. Once done the stream will have a much better flow, the water table on site should be lowered and it will look a much nicer feature. For 2014 we will have some new perches for guests to sit by the stream, made by Camp Daddy out of some of our biggest logs.
Boot-camp is well under way, and is great fun. We have been checking out lots of new dog friendly walks, beaches, and a few dog friendly pubs along the way.
The new SWCP walking book is getting lots of use, although the walks are never followed to the letter, and usually involve an extension or two.
What is amazing is how many fabulous walks there are so close to my home at The Meadows Campsite and which I can share with my guests. The beaches round here are all so lovely, and at the moment, Caerhays is my current joint favourite with Hemmick Beach.
My favourite walk from Camp Gates is the Mevagissey circular walk, especially on a Sunday morning. The walk there is on the Pentewan Trail skirting the edge of Heligan, stopping off at a nice little cafe in Mevagissey for coffee. There is usually a couple of old boys in there who enjoy a gossip! As the “pooch ban” is off now for Pentewan Sands, we return on the coast path, scrambling down to the cove that joins up with Pentewan Sands and finish the last section with a stroll on the beach, and a bath in the sea. We all like this walk, and I am off my lead for almost all of it, and the scenery and sniffs are just fab.
I was sent out on a mission to check out a few beaches close to Camp, and how good they are for those on four legs. We all like Duporth, and we parked in Charlestown and had a very lovely walk to both Duporth and Porthpean along the coastal path. The two beaches are very similar, and both very lovely indeed. The walk and views are lovely too, looking out to the Gribbin Head daymarker and around St Austell Bay.
Carlyon Bay, is a little bit odd. It could be fantastic, and if you look ahead out to sea and ignore the unfinished work it is. This is a great big beach, so great for a fun. Parking is also free, but there are a few steps to climb down. We walked the whole length, scrambled up at the end and walked back on the coast path dodging golf balls along the way.
One afternoon, we knocked off early, and took a lovely walk from the gorgeous Gorran Haven, along the SWCP to Vault Beach. I like this beach, and there were lots of sniffs, feathers, and best of all we had the beach to ourselves. There are lots of lovely walks to be done taking in this beach, and also my favourite Hemmick Beach.
In view of our busy time ahead, we took this weekend off to recharge our batteries. We have enjoyed two long, but fabulous walks around the St Mawes area. We visited Towan Beach, Porthscatho, Gerrans Bay, St Mawes itself, St Just in Roseland and Froe Creek. Here are just a few little pictures of our days out. St Mawes is gorgeous, The Royal Standard at Gerrans Bay made a lovely lunch stop, and the whole area which is really very close to Camp is fantastic.
My girls (our chucks) are laying very well indeed at the moment so must be happy hens. Its a good job we all like eggs, in one form or another and my favourite is softly boiled on top of a bit of Bakers. Keep up the good work girls.
Other Meadows news
The parts of the website, best left to the experts are currently being updated to reflect our 2014 changes. If this is not complete by the time you read this, then it will be so in the next few days. We are amazed how much thinking ahead everyone is doing, though the 2013 heatwave has no doubt helped everyone is doing for 2014. Great though to have a camping or caravanning trip already planned for 2014 to look forward to.
Mabel Caravan – has been treated to some gorgeous bits and bobs ready for her 2014 guests. Being on the classy side, I treated her to some gorgeous pearl fairy lights. I have also made some nice liners for her cupboards, and lots of other bits and bobs. One sunny day, I set up the table and took some pics for the website. Mabel Caravan’s garden will get completed in early Spring.
Mabel and Lottie Caravan are both lovely for a special stay away as rather “quirky accommodation”. If you want to book a stay in one of our vintage caravans, then please contact us by telephone or email.
Bookings – if you want to book in early at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan, and have a holiday to look forward to, we of course are happy to book you in. Please either contact us here, or telephone 01726 844383 to make your booking. We are a small quirky campsite, close to Mevagissey, and great for Heligan Gardens and Eden. We are also dog friendly, a park for adults only, and cater for campervans, caravans, tents (all shapes and sizes), and motorhomes. The Meadows is ideal for a walking, or cycling holiday in South Cornwall.