I find it hard to believe that nearly a month has passed since my last blog.
We have been making the most of the dry weather, and really getting stuck in on site. The newest member of the team “Digger” has been working so hard, and does not mind at all getting right in there, and very dirty.
At the moment, we are very much in the middle of everything, and so it is the “during” stage. Progress in all areas has very obviously been made, and the site looks for one so much bigger.
Many of my days have been spent following behind the digger getting out any remaining brambles, and many evenings spent in front of the log burner picking out brambles thorns!!
De-silting of the stream has taken place, which was not John’s favourite job, so he was pleased to reach the end. This has not been done for years and years, and so a lot was extracted. Luckily a lot of it was just the old bank, and so good soil. It has been drying out nicely, and now has lots of worms. It is being used to build the bank back up, and I have been breaking up the soil and raking it. That whole area is getting ready for being rotavated, and seeded after Christmas. The bank is going to get a lot more light after the very overdue haircut of the trees on the other side of the bank. It is so lovely to see all of the stream, as before it was hidden by a mass of brambles. This is our new pitching area, with gorgeous hill views.
On the other side (shower block) afternoon, and evening sun side, we have continued where we left off last year. Brambles out, and historic big humps in the meadow are no more. The trees have been cut and coppiced, and new shrubs are being planted to replace those that have gone to plant heaven.
John is at this very moment digging a trench there, for the cable for our four new hook up pitches. James and Charles our excellent electricians are here today and this is their last job. We have fans in the shower block now too.
There is still lots to do, and this week we have spent quite a bit of time in our little wood attending to the neglected trees and generally clearing so “Digger” can get in for ditching work. December is going to be busy, as that is when our new road, or road extension goes in and the wildlife pond dug out, and ditching work done. This means that there will be lots of soil coming out which will be used on our wings for levelling.
We are certainly keeping fit, with lots of physical work, and in the fresh air, but we are both really enjoying seeing the changes.The valley setting is such a lovely one, and looking back over the site from the wood towards the Polgooth hills makes anyone smile.
Of course, we are both very keen to get stuck in to painting, and expressing our personalities out there, but that has to wait for now!! At least we get plenty of thinking time, for when we get back to the more finer detail. The hay maker, and plough are still waiting for attention too, but there is still lots of time.
Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to.
CD Harvey has recently had poorly paws, so one Sunday, we did a bit of a driving tour. We drove to St Ives, and had a meander round this magical place, and a stroll on one of the lovely beaches. After crab sandwiches and chips at The Sloop Inn right on the front, we drove down nearly as far as Lands End, but not quite, getting as far as St Just. We stopped off on our return at Mousehole, which John had visited last about 20 years ago. The Christmas lights were being put up, and we could only imagine how fantastic they would look as they really go to town, but in a very tasteful way.
The drive back was via Portleven, and Helston, and then skirting around Falmouth. It was a very enjoyable day, and we saw lots of places that we shall be returning to as Camp Dog’s paws are now on the mend, and he is raring to go.
We did this walk and gave it a Len’s 10, and it was truly FAB U LOUS! The views over Caerhays were amazing from the first hill we climbed, but I forgot both the camera and my phone :(, so no pics, but a good reason to return. This walk is highly recommended, but you would need either a pack up, or one of John’s breakfast baguettes to keep you going until you return as Caerhays beach cafe is open in season. Two dog friendly beaches on this walk, Caerhays, and also the gorgeous Hemmick Beach.
The Mevagissey, Heligan, Pentewan Sands circular walk has been enjoyed a few times recently and we love it every time. Camp Dog loves pheasant time, but it is all in the chase with him, so no pheasant casserole for us as yet.
Venturing slightly further afield, and more than worth it we went off to Mylor Bridge, this side of Falmouth. This is a walk enjoying the Carrick Roads, along the edge of the creeks. A fairly flat walk, passing lots of lovely boats, and houses, with amazing views. The place to stop for lunch is The Pandora Inn, which I spotted in Alistair Sawday’s excellent pub guide. It is right on the water’s edge with a platoon over the water for al fresco dining, serving scrumptious food, fantastic views, and two log fires. This walk was amazing, and got another Len’s 10. Flushing is on our “must see” list, but although it was very close by, we are saving that for another time.
Camp Dog Harvey had his first ride on the King Harry Ferry, and on the other side, we had a very nice walk indeed at Trelissick Gardens. We saved the formal gardens for another time, and enjoyed the woodland walk which was about 5 miles of lovely woodland walking, with great views. The estate is extremely well looked after, and for a mid week day, it was very busy and it was warm enough to sit outside and enjoy our coffee and cake at the end of the walk. Another highly recommended place, and my parents found the gardens to be fabulous when they visited in September.
Other Meadows News
Our website updates are still in hand, and we hope will be live shortly. If you have not already heard then as from 2014 The Meadows is to be an adults only campsite, oh and those on four legs too. Sorry once again to all the kids out there.
Superfast broadband has reached this part of Cornwall. We will have this up and running for our wifi zone by next season.
The wood pile grows daily from all the tree work being done, and so we are looking forward to seeing some super campfires burning in 2014.
News from Camp Dog Harvey
Unfortunately, I have been on “light duties” for a lot of November, due to poorly paws. I have spent quite a lot of my time on the back of the settee keeping watch out of the window to make sure no one is slacking! My paws are now much better, and so I expect to be back on to normal duties next week. This weekend, we are all off to Padstow Christmas food fair, and no doubt I will be sharing the boot with lots of food treats on my return.
I can agree with all of the above comments on the walks and pubs from a dog friendly point of view. The Pandora Inn at Restronguet was my favourite pub, and the Caerhays walk my favourite walk as the pheasants were in abundance around there.
Although our website, is on catch up, we are now taking bookings for next season. You can either telephone, or contact us here to make a booking. The Meadows is ideal for visiting the gardens of Eden and Heligan. We are also in a great position for walking this section of the SWCP, and exploring the area on your bicycle as we are right on the coast to clay trail.
We look forward to seeing as many grown ups as possible for our second season at The Meadows Campsite in the Pentewan Valley.
This may very well be my last blog of 2013, so a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year to you all.