It will be 200 years since the death of Humphry Repton, on the 24th March 2018. Known as the last great English landscape designer, the anniversary will be celebrated by a series of commemorative events throughout spring and summer.
Managing a small caravan site, that is open all year round, I know that winter touring is not for the faint hearted.
Based on numerous conversations and troubleshooting ideas, here are some the top tips for your winter caravan adventure!
We recently had the pleasure of hosting Lindley Chambers and his wife, from Challenge Running Ltd at Golden Grove caravan park. They were here putting the finishing touches to a number of events to be hosting in the area at the end of December and into the New Year.
The horns of our Jacob sheep are magnificent when worn as nature intended, and, with a little imagination, also make for some lovely, unique jewellery!
In 1982, Japan launched a nation health programme called ‘forest bathing’ or ‘shinrin-yoku’ which means spending more time around trees. No jogging, no workouts just simply spending time amongst trees.
It is not just about the fresh air but also helps reduce our stress levels and our blood pressure as well as reducing depression.
Regular contact with nature really does improve our well being. So why not try a few of our recommended local countryside walks.
We hope you have good luck this month.
'Pinch, punch, first day of the month, white rabbits!' Why do we say this?
It dates back centuries, with the first known written mention in 1420. It is thought to have derived from farmers who carried a rabbit's foot as a lucky charm and so saying rabbits on the special day brings luck.
According to one article even 'President Roosevelt..has confessed.. that he says 'white rabbits' on the first of every month..and he would not think of omitting the utterance on any account.'
We have no idea were 'a pinch and a punch' comes from!
As one of Britain’s best loved and colourful group of insects, ladybirds are currently hibernating. Typically different species will usually hibernate in different places; some shelter under tree bark, others sleep under leaf litter, but unusually in this photo you can see they have all grouped together, still hibernating just inside an old farm door.
In a more natural environment, they would sleep through to March or April. On the farm, they benefit the crop by controlling the aphids population.
Fascinated by variety within this small group of ladybirds, from the familiar red with symmetrical black spots to orange, yellow, black and even camouflaged brown ones with 2, 7, 14 spots.
However it is black or Harlequin ladybirds that gardeners and farmers are concerned about. These invasive incomers are gobbling up native species.
These ‘alien’ species were first spotted in the UK just over a decade ago. They come from Asia and America and their numbers have grown significantly. They pose a threat to native ladybirds, a little like red squirrels being overtaken by the more dominant grey squirrel.