August has been record breaking for many reasons, its been a heatwave with very high temperatures up in the 30's peaking tomorrow Sunday 14th August. There has been very little or no rain for around 6 weeks which has impacted on our fields making them incredibly parched and arid. The weather has been lovely for our guests however we are asking everyone to restrict their use of the firepits and wood burning stoves because of the extreme fire risk. Our horses are having to be fed hay from our winter stocks and we are keeping trays of water dotted around our land for the wild birds and other wildlife to have a source of water. Despite being next to a river and a lake the levels are exceedingly low and we are probably going to have a hosepipe ban implemented in a few days time. The weather is set to breakdown on Monday and Tuesday next week with thunder storms forecast and some long awaited rain. The trouble is with the land being so parched and the heat we will need a prolonged period of rain for our land to recover. This is looking quite unlikely for the foreseeable according the to weather forecasters with good weather set fair for August into September. I never thought I would be praying for rain, and I have been soaking up the moments in the sunshine to try and recall them in the winter when its not so nice out in the fields feeding livestock!!! The camp is virtually fully booked now until the middle of September with a record breaking number of guests staying with us this year. Since we started our glamping site in 2011 we have also welcomed some guests back many times which is a lovely thing as we are obviously providing something they like!!!! Take care in the heat everyone needless to say sun screen and hydrating are recommended!!!
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp