This weekend I spent the weekend with a group of lovely people, all who contribute to Folklings.
I was slightly apprehensive beforehand, only having met some of the people in person. Spending time in the cabin in the woods with people from the internet, I was just hoping nothing sinister would happen.
My fears were quickly put the rest as I met a wonderful bunch of people, there was Annie who organised everything (a huge thank you!) there was also Cerys, Elizabeth, Gemma, Katie, Jen and Sarah. Much laughter was had, food and drinks were consumed.
Recently, life has been manic, so an opportunity to slow down and take time out was welcome.
It was very soul enriching to spend time with people who have similar interests and an outlook to life.
We stayed at Swinton Bivouac in North Yorkshire for 2 nights in the cabins. The log cabins are off grid and set within woodland, it is a beautiful setting, even in the extreme weather we experience this weekend with the torrential rain and wind.
The cabins have a lovely feel, and they say sleep 7 people, although I think that would need to be a family. 7 friends would be very cosy together.
The cabins are well finished. We had a welcome basket when we arrived with some lovely bread, jam and butter, sugar and bits and bobs.
As it is off grid, using the fire is a necessity. Firelighters, wood and kindling were fully provided provided. There was also wheelbarrow of wood under the cabin and also a log store close by if you ran out.
Tea light candles were used for light, some came in the cabin and more were bought in the shop for the second day, it is getting dark very early now and we really needed them.
The fire heats the water and also the oven. I was very impressed with our fire making skills and the fire didn't fully go out over the 2 days we were there. The second night it was incredibly warm and wet coats and clothing dried easily on the drying rack that was in the cabin.
At night, it was very dark so a torch is needed, the good thing is there is very little light pollution and the stars were out shining brightly, I kicked myself for not taking my tripod to take pictures of them (note to self - remember tripod next time)
There is a cafe on site that sell lovely food, we ate there on the first evening, hearty food at low cost.
The surrounding area and countryside is beautiful, I took too many pictures so will need to spread some over another post. On the site there is a short walk to a Druids temple (which isn't actually a druids temple, but a garden folly made between 1750 and 1803, it was still very interesting) We walked in very heavy rain and howling wind, it was great. Here is some of what we saw.
A short walk from the druids temple is a view point, this was a wonderful view but on the day incredibly windy and rainy so this was the best picture I got without rain splattered on the lens.
All in, a fantastic, relaxing weekend.
Swinton Bivouac is somewhere I am going to visit again. I am already looking into dates to take the family next year.