Welcome 2016

2016 greets us with a more warm wet weather, I cut the grass in the CL 2 weeks ago and it already needs cutting again!……in early January.

Last year was good all round on our CL, lots of interested visitors who enjoyed the walking, wildlife and relaxation. Many came on site and didn’t use their vehicles the whole time they were here. I think this location really has been discovered as a prime location for New Forest walking.

I am sorry to say that we have had to increase the charge per night, it is due to three main factors that are largely unseen by visitors. The cost of power, the cost of waste disposal (classed as commercial waste) and the cost of insurance, all outside of our control.  We didn’t anticipate the amount of power used by modern vans when we set the charge after installing hook ups, so, although power hasn’t increased in price that much we have to cover the costs. I hope you’ll agree it’s still good value for a site right in the ‘Forest’

Afternoon illumination

The geographical alignment of our valley seems to give rise to very special evening light under certain circumstances, especially in Spring and Autumn. Usually after a spell of rain when the sky clears locally with passed dark clouds to the East and some cloud remains out to the West we get a show of what we call ‘green light’. As the sun gets close to setting it seems to sneak a strong burst of light horizontally under the distant cloud to bathe us in a flood of ‘golden hour’ light. All the trees and bracken clad hillsides turn a striking, rich orangey colour so intense that photos of the phenomenon look to have been overly photo-shopped and unreal. Those lucky enough to experience this occasional light show find it uplifting and exciting – I think we all tend to respond favourably to ‘warm’ light. I was prompted to write this little item because a couple of days ago this occurred and it coincided with the flowering of the wild Cherry trees at the top of the CL – those on the site were able to enjoy this brief bit of local drama.

I recently found this quote from Gilpin that shows the New Forest seems to specialise in this seasonal delight:

“But the effect of light is best seen in an evening storm, when it rises from the east, behind the woody bank; while the sun sinking in the west, throws a splendour upon the trees, which seen to such advantage against the darkness of the hemisphere, shows the full effect of light and shade.”
(William Gilpin, 1791

Under the Greenwood.

Fancy seeing some classic works of art on a tree theme?

Nothing is more evocative of Britain than a great tree.Under the Greenwood The oak has become a symbol of our national character and individually or collectively trees are an integral part of our landscape. Under the Greenwood examines how artists from John Constable and Samuel Palmer to Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland have been inspired by these most remarkable of living things.

The exhibition examines how trees have gradually been domesticated from the forbidding wildwood to the town garden. It explores mythology and religious symbolism, the longevity of trees and the seasonal cycle, and how man has exploited them for timber, food and fuel. The exhibition also features work by Paul Sandby, John Martin, Heywood Sumner, George Clausen, Charles Ginner, Claire Leighton, John Nash, Robin Tanner and Henry Moore among others and it will be a nationally important celebration of the tree.

at The St Barbe Museum, Lymington

Exhibition produced in partnership with Southampton City Art Gallery.

27th Jul 2013 – 5th Oct 2013: Under the Greenwood: Picturing British Trees – Past

The New Forest at it’s best

The New Forest is lovely in the Spring and Summer but the Autumn is it’s peak 2011-11-01_12-39-20_HDRfor stunning landscape and walking comfort. Autumn comes late in the New Forest, the Oak and Beech leaves start to colour in mid October and are often at their best around Guy Fawkes night.

Now that we have EHU’s why not come for a late visit and revel in the peace and quiet of all that makes Autumn so special here. The valley mists, the fading Heather blossom, clear skies and the rusty brown colours of the leaves about to fall and carpet the Forest floor.

Our CL is open all year round

We’ve got the Power!

Our CL opened back in the 1960’s. I remember helping my Dad breaking rubble and spreading gravel for the roadway into the field ready for opening, it was all very exciting. Nothing much has changed on the site since then but we have become more and more aware that most Caravan Club members expect electric hook-ups on sites.

So, this year we have taken the plunge and invested several thousand pounds into getting electricity onto the site. We hope it will help encourage more occupancy in the Spring and Autumn, times when the New Forest is at it’s best. As is usual with site hookups there is a limit on the supply, if the load is too heavy the trip will activate and need to be re-set after determining the cause. This load management is to discourage excessive use of the supply, it means that high load appliances such as high wattage electric fires, cookers and less likely things such as welders cannot be used.

The pitches with hook-ups are all along the edge of the site nearest the road. If anyone feels they want a pitch away from hook-ups they can set up on the field side of the site and get a pleasant view of the trees, fields, Deer and Buzzards.

We have decided to increase the nightly fee to £10 which we think is reasonable for a site in such a good location.

Late October and early November is delightful in the New Forest, the Autumn colours are at their peak and the whole place is quite peaceful as the wildlife prepares for Winter…it’s a great time to visit.

All well after the rains

It has been wet, very wet!

Thankfully the caravanners who were on site during the worst of the weather had excellent driving skills and left the grass in good condition with little or no rutting. Now the weather is improving I don’t foresee any problems getting onto and off the site.

I have at last been able to cut the grass and things are quickly getting back into shape.