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2017... the ups and the downs

Posted by heatherloughlin on April 17, 2018 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (2673)

Hi-de-hi, campers! Welcome to my very late annual update on the 2017 happenings at Caravantasia. But it's better late than ever, don't you know. 

It was a busy busy year with plenty of lovely hen nights, including an amazing bunch of local ladies who arrived in a bus in torrential rain dressed in full 70s gear! They'd have needed more than a bit of rain to dampen their spirits.

In June we had a great barbeque night with Clonmel band Crow Black Chicken. Go see them if you get a chance.... they rock.  They even squished into one of the caravans to do a warm up gig and we're now in the Guinness Book of Records for the most number of beards in a caravan. 

We also hosted some birthday parties and family gatherings and quite a few dogs this year too!

On a personal level and also on the subject of dogs, it's been a sad year. We had to say goodbye to our two dogs, Skip and Honey, within 9 months of each other. They had reached the grand old age of 13 and 12 but it was heartbreaking to lose them. Here they are, young happy and smiling!

Honey, in particular, loved Caravantasia and especially hen nights. More often than not we'd have to go and retrieve her from the Green House the morning after a hard night partying with the hens. 

We got our new pup, Bear a few weeks before we lost Skip. Some of our guests met him last year when he was still a ball of fluff and he almost got the head rubbed off him several times. He's a great little dog and together with his cat brother, Archie, he makes Tom and I smile every day.  And so life goes on.... different, but good.  

I'm sure Bear wonders why the field he walks in every day suddenly becomes filled with people and music in the summer! I imagine it's like coming home to find someone having a party in your living room? 

For 2018 we decided to open the site at the weekends only, on account of work and family commitments. We were open for group bookings early in the year and all of the weekends are booked now. If you were planning on coming to visit, please get in touch and we can let you know if there are any cancellations. 

Apparently spring is going to arrive on Thursday. We've been a long time waiting for it this year, haven't we? I'm looking forward to taking of the hat that's been welded to my head since November. 

Have a lovely summer!

Heather & Tom x 

The Trouble with Frogs

Posted by heatherloughlin on March 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (286)

Don’t get me wrong, I love frogs. Much of my youth was spent collecting frogspawn (it was legal in the 80's, along with most other stuff). I'd watch in wonder as the tadpoles grew arms and legs and then turned into frogs. Really… how do they do that??

My frogspawn obsession hasn’t waned much over the years and I will generally start stalking our two ponds around mid February to see if any frogspawn has arrived (this year, it was first spotted on 27th February, in case you were wondering).

The problem is, frogspawn is one of those tantalising signs of Spring. For me, it’s the frogspawn, the catkins on the hazel trees and the first primrose in the ringfort that really let me know that Spring is here. 

Unfortunately, in this part of the world it’s also Mother Nature’s way of saying “Spring is here! There’s so much to do! Just look at those weeds starting to take over Caravantasia! Feel GUILTY about those evenings spent slouched on the sofa with a hot water bottle, a glass of wine and a box set. Don’t mind those sub-zero temperatures/wind/snow/hail, you lazy human. Get outside, for God’s sake. It’s SPRING!!!”

You know what I mean? Mother Nature can be so cruel, even when she’s not dishing out floods and hurricanes. The promise of spring is there, but that's about all.  

Next year I will leave the frogs alone and not go looking for frogspawn until around April. That should fix it. Ignorance will be bliss. 

I will let you in on the plans for Caravantasia over the next few weeks. We have quite a lot of fun events in the pipeline and will have another Caravan to show you soon. Maggies Kitchen, which I talked about in the last blog post, has been on hold for a while because of the frost (which is bad for the mortar, apparently) but it should be finished as soon as the weather improves a bit. We can't wait to start getting the site ready for the new season but will need a bit more dry weather first. 

So, until next time, just hurry up Spring and stop messing around with us. Ok?!

  Skip: Clearly not impressed either