The Meadows Team spent their Christmas having lots of fun “up country”, with our families and friends. Camp Dog Harvey got to meet his new cousins, Boris the spanish water spaniel, Barney the Puggle and Malcolm a very handsome and playful Jack Russell cross. We enjoyed some fabulous old walks in the Leicestershire countryside, and lots of scrumptious food, wine and laughter. Christmas day afternoon we sat down with the “Bowler” extended family and watched Carry on Camping – that was never not going to happen at some point over the Christmas Break!!
Prior to the big storms of the New Year, we had enjoyed a very dry November and early December, and so had achieved lots before our break. At least the first stage of our ditching, and the de-silting of the stream has been put to the test as we have had a stormy start to the New Year. The stream has been very high and flowing fast, but luckily the banks did not break. Unfortunately Fowey, and Mevagissey did not fair very well, but they were extremely well prepared for damage limitation. It seems the North Coast got the biggest battering.
Our existing customers will be familiar with our “hardstanding grass pitches”. In just one season the grass protecta became very well established with a full blown lawn grown through it, and the new grass seed was for strong camping site grass which is certainly is. For a lot of the work we are doing, it has been necessary to take up a lot of the grass protecta which will then be relaid. By the time we took up the final roll last Saturday, we had just about mastered the best technique, but once relaid this year it is not coming up again! Very tough stuff though, and it is now all in rolls and looking like new, and John and I should be standing up straight again by the time we open :).
It has not been just storms, and in between we have had some gorgeous sunny still dry days. This was one such day, when we enjoyed another helping of mussels and chips at Sams on the Beach in Polkeris which were once again delicious, and the view is as good.
This month is going to be a very busy month starting from today, and so the improving weather picture is just what we need. Our road (posh track) extension work starts tomorrow. This and other ground work has been carefully planned from what we have learned about the land during our first year, and about what our guests want from their campsite experience. 12 weeks from purchase to opening last year, did not give us time, though we did do well with what we achieved. Indeed this is what has given us the confidence about what we can achieve this year before opening, with 5 and a half months on our side. So far, so good, and we expect to even get in lots of outings in the county.
We are very excited about the work taking place and the changes being made, and we are already looking forward to the start of our second season.
Yesterday, on stormy Sunday we took a trip out to the Lizard. It was mainly a driving tour as there was not much let up with the heavy rain, but we did walk down to the point which blew away a few cobwebs. This was Camp Dog in the back of the landy in his recovery position after his cobwebs were blown away. We did the trip via Portleven and Cadgwith, and both places looked a little battered with dramatic seas.
Changing to a site “just for grown ups” was for us a big change to make, and so we did wonder what effect this would have on our enquiries. This time last year, we were still planning our move to Cornwall, and our website was being created, and so we had no other January to compare it to. We have been very pleasantly surprised and encouraged for both December and January, and our booking numbers are very healthy. It is lovely to hear from old guests of 2013, and we also look forward to meeting new guests in 2014 visiting us for the first time. It seems there are lots of grown ups out there who want to be around grown ups, both young and mature and liking a traditional small campsite, in a beautiful area.
We continue to be very dog friendly, and indeed some of you on four legs are also ahead of the game with planning your 2014 camping trips. Camp Dog Harvey is feeling energised after his Christmas over indulgence, and is getting out and about checking out some new walks, and frequenting his very places.
Fighting fit now, but this was me in December being chauffeured around whilst recovering from a minor op on my paw. It would be unfair not to every so often reminder my parents that I am after all a “King”. I have still not got over my name change from HRH to Camp Dog.
Storm watching – most of mine has been done from the back of the settee. However I did assist Camp Daddy with the rescue of a labrador from the River Winnick when the river was at it fiercest, and we were out following a storm. That was quite a scary sight, and I did not get the labrador’s name, but he or she looked very frightened and very relieved when the humans managed to catch up with it and haul it out from the bank. Lesson to self – stay away from the raging rivers, and the raging sea, and stick with the settee, and log burner!
This was the calm before a storm. A beautiful calm sunny afternoon on Pentewan Sands. This was also the calm the day after a storm. My favourite circular walk from camp to Mevagissey on the Pentewan Trail and back on the south west coast path. Fabulous as always, and with a few plump pheasants to chase along the way.
Camping for dogs – just as a reminder for those thinking of booking a camping trip with us here. The Meadows Campsite is a very dog friendly campsite, and welcomes all well behaved dogs, together with their owners. There are excellent dog friendly walks for you from camp gates, though you can also take the bus, and the ferries as alternative means of transport. There are also some fabulous dog friendly pubs, foodie, and serving great beer.
Beaches – please take time to check out my page and whet your appetite for some fabulous beaches. My favourites are Caerhays and Hemmick Beach.
We are opening the gates at Easter, in time for wild garlic pesto, Easter eggs laid by our girls, and Easter Sunshine. If you want to book in with us for 2014 for either a caravan, campervan, motorhome, or tent pitch please contact us here, or give us a call. Lottie and Mabel Caravans are also available to rent should you wish to enjoy a more hassle free camping experience. The Meadows is a great site for visiting the gardens of Cornwall, in particular Heligan, and the Eden Project, and for a Mevagissey camping holiday.
Happy New Year from me Lynn, (Camp Mother), John (Camp Daddy), and Camp Dog Harvey – The Meadows Team. We hope to see you during our second season here at The Meadows Campsite, Pentewan, Cornwall