The weather forecasters have been warning us for the past few days of a very large winter storm arriving over the South West of England so we were wondering how it would affect our yurt camp and our land and animals. Last night the rain started around 4.30pm and it was torrential, the strong winds, gusting to 90mph arrived in the early hours and I could not sleep as the storm raged. First light arrived and I peeked out of the curtains wondering what sights would be in front of me, and once I strolled around our fields I was pleasantly greeted with no obvious damage, quite a few leaves and small twigs littered the fields and the river Hems had broken its banks, which is a regular winter occurence. The yurts are totally unscathed by high winds, in Mongolia it is very windy on the Steppes and plains and yurts are made circular to allow the wind to flow around their circumference. Our horses and chickens have not taken any notice of the blustery conditions either. The end of the glamping season this year has been wet and wild, lets hope next summer will be a repeat of this one!
Autumn at Hemsford yurt camp is a glorious time when the stunning location demonstrates the wonderful hues of the autumn trees. Everywhere the trees are changing colour and the leaves are gradually dropping to the ground. The Orchard floor is strewn with windfalls and loads of boozy wasps are still feeding off the rotting fruit. The overwhelming smell as you stroll through the field next to the orchard is that of warm cidery, fermenting apples. The yurt camp is still entertaining some guests now, despite the cooler temperatures and the darker mornings and evenings. Our guests are enjoying the autumn sunshine and the log burning stoves keep the yurts warm and toasty in the cooler evenings. The yurt camp is a lovely location for all sorts of visitors and last weekend hosted a youg lads 10th birthday "camping" party for a local family. The party was a great success with all the boys really enjoying their stay. What a lovely idea for a unique party and the weather was glorious too. The camp fires were still smoldering gently in the morning!!
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp