Well this is the second week of continued high temperatures and brilliant sunshine, despite the forecast of thunder storms and torrential rain we are still basking in very high temperatures, in the high twenties and lovely blue skies. Elsewhere in Devon the skies have been overcast and humid, but the lovely location of our yurt camp, within 6 miles of the English Riviera has meant that we have remained basking in the glorious sunshine. We are also celebrating the birth of the new Prince of Cambridge - and are waiting to hear of his name. Congratulations to William and Kate on the arrival yesterday of their baby son. Last weekends guests were treated to fabulous weather and made the most of the camp by sunbathing and barbecuing every evening. Who would want to holiday abroad when Devon can offer similar temperatures in a stunning location. Every night in the field adjacent to the yurt camp, are interesting regular visitors - two young badgers. They are loving this warm weather and we have captured their playful games on our pro stalk 5000 camera - fantastic!
After the washout summer last year, this week has seen a heatwave in the yurt camp, yesterday the temperature was over 30C and the good weather is set fair for at least another week which is as far as the Met Office will commit themselves. Its lovely for all our guests to have the crown wheel covers off and to see the sky at night through the wheels. Most of our guests have been having camp fires in our fire pits and sitting out late into the evening enjoying the serenity of the location and star watching. The skies at the yurt camp are truly beautiful as there is very little light pollution at all and star gazers can see clearly all the constellations. I am hoping all our guests will remember to bring plenty of sunscreen!
Badger in the hen run at night!
Often when our guests are due to arrive they will receive a text from me to find out exactly what time of the day they will be hoping to arrive. Most of our guests do not realise that the yurt camp is actually situated a short walk across 2 fields from our farmhouse and so its always helpful to know an approximate time of arrival so that we can be at the yard and parking area to welcome our guests and show them around the facilities. The walk across the fields, means a short stroll through a paddock adjacent to the Hems river where some of my hens live. The hen run is in the first paddock nearest the farmhouse and has a secure 6 foot high fence surrounding the hen houses - this is designed to prevent the fox from taking our poultry. I am fortunate to own a wildlife camera which is called a pro stalk 5000 and can take remote pictures both night time and day time of anything that moves. It is triggered by motion and takes both video and photographs. Over the years we have lived here I have taken a variety of wildlife pictures, including the picture above of a badger who is actually inside the hen run at night on the 6th July 2013. We have no idea how he gets in and no idea how he can get out, so it is going to be interesting to try and set the camera in differing locations to try and see if we can work out how he is getting in. Today has been the hottest day of the year so far with our most recent guests describing our camp as a "hidden jewel"!!! Today has also seen Andy Murray win the mens title at Wimbledon -what a fab match- well done Andy!!!
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp