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The last bank holiday of the year!

We have been busy and working hard, not just with looking after the steady trickle of visitors but working the land and restoring Beckside Stables. We have had so much interest from people wanting to stay in this sweet little building we wish it was ready to go, but money and time allow only slow progress. I have spent days in a cloud of swirling lime and wood dust, sanding the old oak beams to beautiful smoothness and honey colour. Despite the mask I must have inhaled enough for that building to always be a part of me!

The veg patch has got away from me. We have had a good amount of spuds, spinach, pak choi, garlic and onions but the weeds have swamped everything. It’s a major achievement that no longer is it full of brambles or sycamore, but the soft weedy growth has been more than I can keep up with. Back in March I attacked the patch with a digger but I should have put aside my organic leanings and blasted the whole area with some serious chemicals. I think I will have to do this over winter. In the meantime the sweet corn is looking good and can be rescued and there should be a fair amount of beetroot, raspberries and more in amongst the weeds.

The new shower room took some doing as there were difficulties with how to heat the water. After many discussions and nearly installing a gas bottle & boiler, we were able to put in a simple electric shower, albeit an expensive one, that could deal with the low flow rate available. You wouldn’t believe how complicated the whole project became but the result is a clean simple set up, in a room which used to be part of the old coal store, and it retains oodles of character.

We have had great feedback from B&B-ers and Campers alike about staying here, and this bank holiday will see our first full campsite (10 tents!). We have actually had to turn many people away. The car park, washroom facilities, general atmosphere and our bacon bap making abilities wouldn’t be able to cope with any more bookings. Hopefully those who are here will have a great time and enjoy the quiet beauty of Beckside, and a blazing fire in the fire-pit friday and saturday night. Ali has birthday cakes to bake, and is doing a great job keeping it all together.

Time to get out and gather wood…

More soon.

James

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