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A few weeks ago we spent a glorious weekend on the Helford River.  Crabbing mainly.  Drinking local beer and soaking up the Autumn sun.

We stayed at a beautiful barn in Constantine, just a stones throw away from the Helford.  Parking in Helford Passage we spent a leisurely lunchtime at the Ferry Boat Inn.  Platefuls of local mussels all washed down with local Tribute beer.  It was delicious and pretty perfect as the pubs terrace is right on the beach.  The boys dug in the sand and looked for hermit crabs in the rock pools.

The following day we took the ferry to the other side of the river to Helford itself.  Landing at the jetty to another gorgeous pub (are you seeing a theme there?) the Shipwright Arms.  Again gorgeous view, food and more crabbing was involved.  Charlie caught a personal best of 16 crabs!

The Helford and the Lizard Peninsular has many gorgeous places such as these.  By staying in the area and really exploring it makes a wonderful holiday.

Before leaving on Sunday we made a fleeting visit to Kynance Cove, even in the blustery Autumn weather it is still beautiful.  Every time I leave that place, I leave my heart on that beach.  We shall return.

For more information on stunning cottages and barns please have a look at Forever Cornwall - stuff of British holiday dreams!

mountain views and Welsh air...

I love Wales.  The mountains, the soaring views.  The lack of phone reception.  The enforced slow down. 
A friend said to me today, that being in the mountains allows stresses to quite literally fall off your shoulders.  She said it was all that looking up, your worries sliding off your back as you stand their gazing up.  I believe she is right.

Last week, we spent four wonderful days in Mid-Wales, beneath the towering hills of the Black Mountains.  Kite Hill Yurts is a treasure, and absolute joy.  Owned by Canadian Dominic and Brit Kate and their young son, who last year returned to the UK to live the good life.  Searching for a small holding, came across this farm and fell in love.  It is enchanting, fields, views, ducks, a lama and two beautiful large Yurts.

Set high in a field behind the farm house, with breathtaking views of the Black Mountains laid out in front. We stayed in the yurt called Skylark, blue in colour, painted in Buddhist symbols and furnished with a large, comfortable bed, a single with a pull out truckle bed.  Arm chairs and importantly a log burner for cosy nights in bed reading Harry Potter (which we did).

We spent days walking the surrounding moorland, discovering a mountain lake and meeting the local sheep and wild horses.  Playing cricket, board games and catching bugs.  As the evening drew in, we had delicious bbq's, pork chops with aioli and crushed potatoes.  As the sun went down, Dan lit the fire and we made fire apples and sang camp songs.  

After four days in this wonderful location, we felt renewed, revived and in love with Wales even more.

Thank you Dominic and Kate - you have a really special place!  For more information on staying at Kite Hill Yurts, please visit their website or visit their facebook page.

Recipe for Fire Apples:

Brown Sugar

1. Peel your apple (preferably picked from the tree, to be really outdoorsy and authentic)
2. Push the peeled apple onto the stick (found lying near bushes)
3. Roll the apple in a mix of brown sugar and cinnamon
4. Sit comfortably around a blazing camp fire
5. Dangle the sugar coated apple in the flames for a while
6. Check regularly and turn apple to avoid burning
7. Once apple is golden and caramelised, blow a little to cool and scoff
8. Repeat until you are stuffed

Just So Festival...

Last weekend, the most wonderful children's festival Just So was held in Cheshire, in the grounds of Rhode Hall Estate.  This festival is the most charming and magical I have ever seen.

If you could think of your most wildest of childhood dreams, would you have become a Cowboy, lassooing and cattle rustling?  Setting sail on the high seas in your pirate ship, singing sea shanties?  Dancing to disco music?  Being Max in the wild rumpus?  Away with the faeries?  Singing songs around a large camp fire? Story telling?  Acrobats and circus skills? Crafting all day that your fingers become glued together?  All of it?  

Well, at Just So you can - and maybe your children can too!

The festival organisers Rowan and Sarah had thought of everything.  The decoration of the site was perfect, large colourful umbrella's hung from the trees at the entrance, in the woods lampshades and festoons hung from the trees, in the fairy kingdom pretty frocks and elves houses twinkled in the dimly lit woodland glade.

We ooo'd and ahhhh'd as we made our way round.  Shrieks of 'Mum there's the Gruffalo!' or 'Dad lets make a headress'.  

If you are looking for loud music, fast fair ground rides, rows upon rows of stalls selling tat and burger vans then this is NOT the festival for you.

But if you are after magic, enchantment, awe, wonder and a sprinkling of fairy dust... you are in the right place.

Early bird tickets for 2014 have just gone on sale... be quick, this one is sure to sell out.

Thank you guys for letting us be part of such a special weekend.

Camp Bestival 2013 - what we loved...

So I have finally 'adjusted' back into real life, nothing like 4 days of partying to leave a middle aged woman wiped out!  

Dan and I had a blast.  It was so wonderful being able to dance and play whilst the kids were safe and entertained.  Days were spent involved in the numerous activities laid on the for the kids.  Trying our own hands at being dare devils or developing our own circus skills.  Watching the boys faces fill with the awe of seeing Mr Tumble or shouting 'Bogies' at the top of our voices with Dick and Dom.  (something I shall never forget, Charlie roaring with laughter at the adults shouting obscenities all in the name of fun).

As the evening drew in, we would search out a place to eat, and were not disappointed with the quality and variety of food that was on offer.  One evening we were treated to a proper feast courtesy of the Surplus Supper Club.  A beautiful indian style marquee housed long benches, at which a 2 course meal was laid on.  All the food was surplus from Supermarkets - not out of date, but surplus to the needs of the store.  It came from distribution centre's where they no longer need it, and would have been thrown away.  We dined on roast lamb, with puy lentils and a beetroot salad, followed by poached pear, shortbread and chocolate sauce.  It was truly scrumptious and a lovely way to spend an evening.

As the sun set, we donned our dancing shoes, and re-discovered our love of grooving to disco, reggae and old school dance.  Rodigan  took over the decks at Wagamama and played the most beautiful set. Happy reggae that made everyone smile!

Before heading back to our tent late (for us) in the night, we would go and warm ourselves by the huge fire pit in the Soul Park.  There we discovered a Cowboy band singing cover versions of classics.  We would sit mesmerized by the fire, and feeling we were part of the wild west.

To me, the best bits of the festival are the small fringe acts.  Like the cowboy fire, Rodigan appearing in Wagamama's, the fairy houses in the Dingly Dell, the food in the farmers market.  Small little touches that make the festival so perfectly special.

Oh that, and discovering Posh Wash - showering every day!!!  Yep at a festival - I know!!

Thank you Camp Bestival for giving us such an amazing experience... we loved it.

We were gifted a family ticket to the festival by Camp Bestival - thank you!  Also we ate at the Surplus Supper Club too.  Thanks again!