The Wood Life

Back in September we spent a lovely week Glamping down in Devon at the wonderful Wood Life. They have 8 acres of woodland in the middle of a big field near the village of Kenn. The main feature of the camp is the big (10 x 5 meter) Albion Canvas safari tent, which has a nice wood burner and a couple of bedrooms with proper beds! There is a gas hob and a sink with running water, which takes some of the pain of camping away, as well as a big dinning table and a sofa in a lounge area. Outside there is a toilet and shower hut, the shower being gravity fed from a tank up in the trees and heated by a small wood burning boiler.  In the middle there is a nice camp fire with logs for seating and for the kids there is a tree house, see-saw and a massive swing, hung from one of the trees. We had a great time down there, but having to light a fire in the mornings to warm the place up was a bit of a shell shock when you come from a nice house with central heating!

Below is a panorama I took of the camp which you should be able to move about with your mouse, you can see all the bits of the camp from there.


Last week we visited my father down in Devon, having grown bored of the usual places to stay, we cast around for something a bit different. It wasn’t long before Jenny found The Wood Life. Which is essentially 9 acres of woodland in the middle of a massive field, with a big tent and a few other niceties in a clearing in the wood. Well, that turned out to be quite different to a hotel then!

It was hard work in places, but great fun. A few of the Instagram pics I shot are shown below. You can get a feel for the size of tent from the first pic, it is an Albion Canvas Tsavao, configured with two bedrooms and a large kitchen/lounge/dinning area. Thankfully the owners have installed a nice wood burning range to heat the place. Although getting up at half six to build a fire was not something I would want to do every day!


So there was a time when I’d rise on a Saturday a good while after that weekends episode of Home Truths had finished. Then something happened: Kids turned up.

This last weekend we de-camped to the Isle of Wight to have the kids christened on the Sunday, but also to give the toddler a treat and visit the steam railway for their ‘Day out with Thomas’ special on the Saturday.

The schedule was as follows:

  • 07:00 – wake up, Toddler up, all of us in one room = all of us up
  • 08:00 – everybody dressed, go for breakfast
  • 08:45 – prepare to leave for Ryde
  • 09:00 – leave (7 mile bomb down some country lanes)
  • 09:20 – drop Jen off to browse some charity shops and get a picnic
  • 09:30 – Tescos for petrol
  • 09:40 – pick up Jen
  • 09:45 – Pop into see the Sister in Law, leaving the youngest with her for the day
  • 10:20 – Leave for Havenstreet (another 4 mile bomb down some lanes)
  • 10:30 – meet friends and enjoy Thomas and steam trains
  • <some semi-relaxing>
  • 16:00 – Leave Havenstreet for Ryde
  • 16:15 – Chill out at the Sister in Laws for a bit.
  • 16:30 – Mother in Law rings she has arrived at the hotel, so its back to Newport to pick her up.
  • 16:50 – Find the MIL, head back to Ryde.
  • 17:15 – Arrive back at Sister in Laws’ place. Pick up wife and youngest, leaving toddler
  • 17:30 – Arrive at restaurant (in Ryde) with Jen, Youngest, MIL and meet father, who thankfully made his own way there
  • 19:16 – Dinner finished leave Ryde for Newport (fourth trip between the two towns today)
  • 20:00 – Get youngest ready for bed and settled, move travel cot (and Youngest) to the MILs room
  • 20:10 – Go out of hotel and find a pub, with Jen and NO KIDS!
  • 22:30 – sleep. bit tired now.


Sunday was slightly less manic, but involved Church and no trains. Can’t have everything I suppose!

I think life is better with kids, but I’m a bit too tired to think properly right now.

A week in Scotland

We’ve just got back from a week traveling around Scotland. I ran the MotionX GPS app most of the time which produced a bunch of .gpx files. Which you can see nicely displayed on Google Maps below thanks to GPS Visualizer