Its much cooler now in the evenings, the sun is setting at around 7.00pm and there has been a ground frost over the last few mornings. Its also the time when we take our yurts down and store them in our barn until the spring. We are usually open for yurt holidays from March 15th but this is always weather dependent. We need dry weather to put our yurts up and similarly to take them down. We have taken advantage of the lovely indian summer this week and taken down our yurts for this season. We are still taking bookings for our lovely little shepherds hut (sleeps 4) over the winter period. The hut is cosy with a log burning stove, a double bed and 2 bunk beds and is lovely and snug with a view over our lake field. The weather has been good for the past few days and is set fair for about another 5 days, so still time to have a lovely little glamping break out of season. The local pub has a new landlord and we welcome Kelly and Mike Joiner to the Tally Ho Inn - with new menus and lots of live music all within 10 - 15 minutes walking distance from the camp - lovely!
September has arrived and the nights are starting to draw in. The camp is still busy and this weekend we will welcome the influx of swimmers taking part in the annual Dart 10k open water swimming event. The intrepid entrants get into the water at Totnes and swim down river to Dittisham. In the past 7 years we have been running our camp we have welcomed participants to stay with us every year. This year the river levels are still very low due to the heatwave and lack of rain over the summer months. Hopefully this will be of benefit to the entrants of the swim. Back at the camp the swallows are swarming and looking likely to leave soon for their annual migration back to Africa for the winter, and its getting dark around 8pm at the moment with some glorious sunsets for our lucky guests. The picture above is of the river Dart at Sharpham, home to our local vineyard. The award winning wine is excellent, and this year they will have a bumper crop. Its well worth visting to go on the wine and cheese tasting tour or just taking a leisurely stroll along the river dart in this stunning location.
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp