Once our last visitors leave after New Year we will be closing down for a few weeks, gradually opening up again from March 9th on wards.
We will be all stations go during that time with Howfs to be refreshed and ready for the new season. Of course the biggest activity is around the Hobbits - work has gone on all over the summer, autumn and now through the winter. They have proved to be a major challenge and have Ian scratching his head regularly! They really are something different, beautifully built and one of a kind. Alongside other woodwork Lewis has created some amazing doors and we can not wait to see them in place, the work inside is fabulous!
It is really hard to believe that the site of the 'Shire' was just a sloping piece of unused field at the start of this year. Once the grass grows on the roofs in the spring it will look as if they were always there! Well of course the Hobbits were always living there - they just have much nicer accommodation now and are happy to share it with guests!
Another big change for us is our new on-line booking system, we took a trip to the Glamping show a couple of months ago and did some research. We were delighted to meet the guys from Camp Manager who have put our system in place for us.
The animals have all now moved around in to their winter quarters, the goats are just home after a visit to the billy! Fingers crossed that we will have two baby pygmy goats in the spring - a first for Craighead, hopefully Nalle our little grandson will be all set to show them at Braco show this year!!! Our three Ryeland ewes are currently visiting the tup - so lambs in the spring too.
The donkeys now happily wear their little bridles, have high hopes of a little cart for them in the new year - perhaps they can help visitors and carry bags to the Hobbits!
Gorgeous day today so took a few pictures of progress on the Hobbits.