Tag: Quirky Camping

Make Hay While the Weather’s Fine

No time to stop and stare, no sooner than the Roundhouse and Bodgers’ Yurt were up and running we had to crank up all of the machinery related to haymaking.

Acrobat / Les Soleils

There is a farmer at the bottom of the valley who I’ve always privately been amused by for being the worst farmer in the shire (it’s a farmers’ thing!). He baled his first cut of hay about five weeks ago, I’m just doing mine, so what does that say about me!! It takes a long time for an incomer to be accepted into a farming community and I thought I was making good progress, even as a beardy weardy eco warrior, but this has put me back ten years!!

We have had a much bigger crop of hay this year so the sheep should be fine this winter and I managed to bale up some straw directly behind the combine (for the price of half a butchered lamb), so all bases have been covered.

View from just above La Cabushe Yurt

Everybody on the island is eating well, with plenty of pork and lamb in the freezer, Wendy’s homemade pork sausages have been a big BBQ hit with friends, family and yurties alike, good old Itchy and Scratchy! We also have eggs popping out of chickens like there’s no tomorrow, not to mention the kitchen garden which is producing more salad, fruit and veg than we can shake a stick at, there will be some bottling and preserving to do. Make hay while the weather is fine!!

One of Sam’s spectacular summer salads
Antje busy in the kitchen garden

Thank you, thank you, thank you, you lovely people!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped to create this amazing space! The memories and friendships which grew out of this build will last longer than the building itself, it’s all about the people you meet along the way, as always.

Big love, Matt and Wendy xxx

Finding the right spot – October 2011

     Levels and holes – November 2011

    The Henge – April 2012

     Raising the roof celebrations – June 2012

     All done – relaxing with a beer – July 2012

     Finish Exterior of the Roundhouse Kitchen

Finished Internal of Roundhouse Kitchen at the Bodgers’

The Chez Dev Rap!

Four lovely teachers have just left us after a five day stay in Les Abris and I wanted to share their entry in our visitors book as it made us giggle – wish you’d had time to give us a performance but we know you “museoes” are a bit shy!!

Anyway here it is along with a couple of inserts from arty guests!

     The Original Chez Dev Rap

The Chez Dev Rap!

Spending five nights in a couple of yurts,

Four English girlz   ~

We’ll tell you what we learnt………


Hip hop, a hip hop hap,

Giving the Meers the Chez Dev Rap.


Weary travelers in need of food

Wendy’s lush cooking uplifted our moods,

Served so well by a trio of dudes,

Who were even willing to refresh our loos!


Hip hop, a hip hop hap,

Giving the Meers the Chez Dev Rap.


On our trip to Aubeterre we had a minor mishap,

Navigation’s not our strong point (in fact we’re pretty crap)

Thankfully we found our way to Riberac,

And we couldn’t have done it without your trusty map.


Hip hop, a hip hop hap,

Giving the Meers the Chez Dev Rap.


We’ll miss the shower and we’ll miss the sun

We’ll miss rustic livin’ and alfresco fun,

We’ll miss the garden and all you’ve done,

We’ve come to the end….. We wish we’d just begun!


Hip hop, a hip hop hap,

This is the end of the Chez Dev Rap.

Elly (Kettering), Lucy (Bristol), Lydia (Harpole), and Rachel (Cambridge)  22nd – 27th July 2012

     La Cabushe

     The Pole-lathe down at the Bodgers’