Over the last couple of weeks the sunny weather has seemed to disappear and been replaced by some autumn weather and some rain. This has not deterred our guests and we have been full of happy glampers making the most of any illusive sunshine. I am delighted to hear in the weather forecast that summer is actually going to return next week in time for the end of the school holidays. Many of our more mature guests actually prefer to stay with us out of school holidays as the local attractions are much quieter and the end of the school holidays brings much less traffic on the main routes into Devon and Cornwall. The local foxes have been active again and this week we managed to catch one young fox cub in our humane trap - see picture above. This was a fox cub who was rather surprised to find himself stuck in our trap and as he was a cub we have let him go free. I love this picture as it shows his beautiful ginger eyes, and an honest expression. As I write this we have not had any recent fox attacks on our hens, so I am really hoping that I will not regret setting this handsome creature free!
When guests stay at our yurt camp they are often amazed at how quiet it is at night. There is very little noise, however what can be heard are the night time calls of some of the British native species who live in the vicinity of the lake field and yurt camp. Recently we have been visited on a nightly basis by a young fox, who has been calling, barking and screaming loudly. The scream of a fox can often be mistaken for that of a baby, or person having a spooky quality. During August the cubs start leaving the den and starting to fend for themselves. Picture here is a young fox in the farmhouse garden - he is looking warily at the humane trap set to try and catch him so he can be relocated to a new home away from our poultry!
Many of our guests will get in touch before their holiday and ask if there is anything that they will need to bring. I always ask them to bring their own towels, as we do not supply these, toiletries and food. But one of the other most essential items for a holiday in the round is definitely a supply of marshmallows for toasting over the camp fire. There is nothing quite like a gooey unctuous sweet treat - its brilliant fun for children (when supervised of course) and is a very simple pleasure. Our fire pits are perfect for those late summer cooler evenings - and we provide a supply of logs for each yurt. This summer has seen fabulous weather for our guests with sunshine predominant for the past few weeks.
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp