Well, we have survived another season and in so many ways (other than the weather) it was the best so far. This year we did feel a little mean expecting our guests to leave right slap bang in the middle of a fab Indian Summer. We thought we might have to tow the last ones off.
First and foremost is a big thank you from the three of us (me, Lynn, John & Camp Dog Harvey) for all guests who have stayed with us during this season). We think this is a special place, but it is our guests who make it come alive and help create such a relaxed, friendly atmosphere on the campsite, and which keeps people coming.
Due to the mixed bag of weather, we finished looking still very green on the campsite. Taking full advantage of the Indian Summer all pitch repairs, and reseeding has already been done. The new tractor and tools made much lighter work of the 30 ton of loam soil, as our lovely Fordson Dexta did struggle last year. The meadow has also been topped, and sadly all the bunting has been packed away until next year.
It is always nice to sit down (yes we do sometimes) and think back over the season, which always seems to fly by. There has been so many highlights, surprises, and so many lovely people, and dogs that have passed through our gates.
Biggest surprise – that our wood piles diminished so quickly! We were determined not to run out, but we did as the fire pits get more and more popular. With the extra wood brought on to the site, it would be very interesting to know actually how much wood our campers did get through keeping campfires burning.
Most memorable event (unfortunately for the wrong reason). This was the Saturday night when Mr Bee the African Grey Parrot staying with guests on the campsite escaped. Kevin and Pearl were with us for 3 months, and so I mention this as many of their neighbours met and took a shine to Mr Bee who was an extremely well behaved Parrot. There was just the odd wolf whistle here and there, and definitely no swearing. Unfortunately this tale does not have an ending, as despite hours spent looking for Mr Bee he has not been seen again since.
Another thing that sticks in my mind is the flurry of activity around the office/shed/tourist info board, small shop when the first box of handmade dog bandanas arrived on site in August. Harvey was top model, and we had dogs of all shapes and sizes looking the part with camper vans, and all things camping., boating, spotting, flowering and just gorgeousness and fun. The group photo opportunity was just not happening.
On a similar note the effort made this year has been incredible with bunting, lights, flags, flower pots, bird feeders, butterflies, and so many enter in to the spirit of it. I had to check out for myself a recent rumour of a campsite in Cornwall that does not allow any of these things – I thought my leg was being pulled, but it is true!! Next year we are thinking of having a weekly best dressed unit competition, but this year some weeks that would have been a tough call.
Very well received – a big thank you to Simon & Sarah, Ross & Jen and of course Cocktail Anna for looking after our guests with fabulous wood fired pizzas, scrumptious fish & chips and very grown up cocktails and cider.
What happens now…………..
We get asked this quite a lot as our guests show a genuine interest in what happens when the guests close. Our guests also like to know plans for the campsite.
The first thing we did was head off to The Pandora Inn at Restronguet taking full advantage of the gorgeous sunshine for a celebratory lunch on the pontoon. We had already slipped out of the gates a few days prior to enjoy the Mevagissey circular walk, and Scallops on the harbour from The Fish Grill caravan.
Well, right at the moment, Operation Conifer Removal is in full swing. All the big conifers that start at our gate running up the lane are coming out. This is an historical problem and had to happen at some point. These will be replaced by a Cornish hedge. For our campers it just really means a better view up the valley towards the Polgooth Inn. The Cornish hedging is being done by a local chap called Tom and so he will be working here now for a good few weeks, as there is a lot of hedging to build with 50 ton of Cornish stone being delivered tomorrow.
Our holiday plans are still in discussion, but we think for the most part it will be Uk holidaying for us, which we love. Log burner, great walks, and great cosy pub are on tick list, but we think we shall do a bit of a tour.
As for the campsite itself, we have the usual maintenance works and of course wood stock replenishment, which will all be taking place over the winter and spring. There is also a desire to add another Quirky let to our two gorgeous caravans. At the moment the sticking point is what and where to put this, so watch this space.
I am deserting the team tomorrow and off on a family jaunt to Spain. For this I have been on a last minute get fit campaign just really so I can eats lots of Paella and tapas. I seized the opportunity to find even more local walks and variations from the gate, especially taking in to the Heligan hill which is a great initial workout. One of my tasks for the winter is to put together some of the walks for our guests, as I am even still amazed myself at the number of fantastic off road walks there are.
News from Camp Dog
Thank you all for coming, and I am presently wondering where you have all gone as my garden is empty. I have been saving up all of my treats, and shall enjoy putting them in the rucksack for my walking treats over the winter months. I have just been put on a new drug by the vet for one of my conditions! My mum did smile when reading the info as one of the possible side effects is anorexia, and another is lethargy.
Bookings – we shall be doing our little review, and start taking bookings at the start of November.
Well, I shall shall save the rest of the news for my next blog which I plan to be a walking one.
Lynn on behalf of The Meadows Team