This autumn has been one of the wettest in a number of years, with lots of rain and relatively mild temperatures. Happily our yurts are all stored away safely in our barn until Easter next year, but we still have our shepherds hut which is available all year round. Last weekend was no exception with guests staying despite the monsoon weather and enjoying the peace and tranquility with the cosy log burning stove and long autumn nights. The stove in the hut is very efficient and will keep our guests warm through the night and days. Guests are making the most of the local amenities with Bens farm shop just a couple of miles away and Totnes hosting its weekly markets. The grounds nearby of Dartington Hall with the Cider press shopping centre and deer park are always popular for winter walks, and Christmas shopping ideas. The neighbouring field which is a plantation for the local Christmas tree farm has seen much activity with the trees being harvested in time for the December rush. There has been a small amount of flooding into our lake field over the past couple of weeks with the river Hems breaking its banks at high tide. The resident swan seems very settled on our lake at the moment and has the company of several mallards, moor hens, and sea gulls. The owls have been noisy as well recently - its always good to hear them at night.
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp