The last day of August is a fabulous sunny morning, with brilliant blue skies and lovely warm temperatures. This summer has flown by at the yurt camp and the weather has been as good as a British summer can ever be. Over the past few months a great many people have stayed in our yurts and almost everyone of our guests have been treated to the gorgeous sunshine and good weather. The ground is now very dry and the grass is baked and the earth parched. The blackberries are starting to slowly ripen and the apples in the orchard are ripening too in the sunshine, however everywhere looks like it needs some rain to bring relief to the plants and trees. The odd shower that has passed over in the last week has not even had time to soak into the ground which is split open and showing enormous cracks in the mud in places. Its quite a contrast to the summer of 2012 when we had virtually non stop rain throughout the summer. September will welcome darker evenings and mornings and the lovely smell of the autumn when the evenings draw in and dew is more frequent.
The badger visiting the hen paddock once again
Guests visit our yurt camp for a great many reasons, some are keen to experience the delights of a yurt holiday, some seeking a romantic break away from it all, other guests are families looking for an unusual holiday in South Devon and some guests are just visitors to the beautiful rural area that is the South Hams. This week has seen a rich tapestry of visitors, including a lovely couple who were dancers, and a family with adorable young children making the most of the glorious daytime sunshine, camp fires, clear skies and starlit evenings.
Last night's guest was no exception to the long list of interesting guests this year and was a rather unusual young lady and her mother. Sarah is a traveler and wayfarer, on her journey around the Old Ways of the UK. As a Penguin Wayfarer prize winner she has been challenged with writing an interesting blog and illustrating her adventures in words and pictures during the months of July and August 2013. You can check out her blog and more details of the competition at www.ajourneyonfoot.com.
The guests staying over the next week are going to have a real treat, there are apparently going to be meteor showers over a few nights from the 10th - 13th August. Hopefully the weather will stay good enough to have clear skies. The weather has changed over the past few days, although we still have lovely warm temperatures interspersed with some rain showers and the occasional rumble of thunder. The yurt camp is incredibly dark at night, as there is no light pollution due to its in a rural location. The nearest town is Totnes which is over 3 miles away. Fortunately our guests can experience the beautiful darkness and tranquility of the area. On clear nights sound carries a great distance and often our guests are treated to the sounds of the countryside, with owls, badgers, foxes and deer all regular visitors to the fields surrounding the yurt camp.
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp