There has been almost endless rain since October. To make sure our site gets a decent chance to dry out we are not taking any bookings for March this year. Sorry to disappoint any early birds.
Some of you will know the magnificent Willow tree on the edge of our site. Children climb it and grown ups love the shade…sometimes it has a hammock or two hanging from it’s ample branches.
Sadly, as often happens with Willows the gales took a toll on it and some large splits appeared at the main fork. We have had to pollard it, so for a while it will look, frankly, a bit butchered. All being well the cracks will heal and regrowth will be stronger and very quick. We made the pollard cuts high up to make sure the tender new growth is out of reach of the dozens of naughty deer that visit every night.
So, the Caravan Club is now the Caravan and Motorhome Club, nothing really changes except the logo/style of the club.
As it’s the quiet time of year it seemed a good chance to change the web site to something more mobile friendly. All seems OK, only problem is that in the move I have lost all the old emails, not a big problem but a bit annoying. Over the coming weeks I’ll make the site prettier and add more useful information.
It’s very odd, we have a lean looking spell for bookings right in the middle of August. If you fancy staying in the New Forest in the middle of August (2nd and 3rd week) then chances are we can fit you in.
Christmas is gone and the bookings have started to come in. It makes sense to book early if you are looking for School holiday or bank holidays. We also find that the weekend of Bygone days at Brooklands farm get booked very early…but the date is unconfirmed as yet, usually mid August.
We have had to increase our fee from £10 to £12 which keeps us in line with other similar sites. Costs of power, insurance and rubbish disposal have gone up considerably and so we have little option but to increase site fees.
After a long bleak Winter there can be no doubt that Spring is happening. The New Forest is coming back to life. Best of all the birds are full of the joys and the dawn chorus is resounding with a happy Blackbird in every bush.
The Forest paths are walkable and there is so much to see, so it’s time to come along to Furzehill and enjoy the area that Heywood Sumner loved so much.
“The Heath passes from dun to sombre green, then blooms in purple and withers to rusty grey – The bracken push up their crosiers in May, make green patchwork on the dark hills through Summer, yellow through the Autumn, bleached brown through the Winter – The bog Myrtle flowers in full red and rust, then becomes ‘Sweet Gale’ in leafy fragrance, then gilds the brown streams with borders of gold – The bog-moss passes from green to yellow to orange to red – The Furze passes from flowery radiance, to prickly dullness – The mat grass from glaucous to sandy green – and the woods, the woods pass from the infinite variety of Winter branch and bud colour, to the brightness of Spring, to the fullness of Summer, to the splendour of Autumn – so, the years pass and I, who also pass, say grace for this infinite creation, dimly perceived, yet beloved; and dream of the secret inlet which will unite us to the sights, and sounds, and scents of Mother Earth.”
This subtle beauty is to be enjoyed all around Furzehill Farm, look closely and you will see what Heywood Sumner saw.
The site is being tidied up for the new season. We have added to and extended the gravel drive into the site and the hedge by the road has been trimmed back so that vans can be parked close to the edge of the field.
Hopefully, we will have electric hook-ups installed in time for Easter. We know that hook-ups will not be popular with everyone but it should make the site more attractive early and late season…times of year when the New Forest is at it’s best.
In peak season I’m looking at offering brief orientation walks on Saturday afternoons. Maybe an hour or so duration, long enough to show the local landmarks and explain some of the history or the immediate surroundings.
Our CL has always offered plenty of space but we know there are some visitors who like a bit more room and a niche that feels like their own. We have extended the area available to include about four more possible pitches (there will still be no more than 5 total vans). The new area will give a better view out across the field and the chance to tuck in near a thicket for shelter and perhaps a great chance to feed and watch the birds.
The Google man must have braved the wilderness of the New Forest about 18 months ago and collected shots of our road.
Although the sun was shining it was in the Winter when there was mud and the trees were leafless – still, you can get a feel for the area.
Since the shot the hedge has been cut back and the entrance trimmed a bit, the site remains very natural and untamed. The gateway is fine for just about any van or camper to get in, so don’t be put off!