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Extend the summer and head overseas

If the sight of shop aisles filling up with mince pies is making you feel a little uneasy, we’ve got just the thing to help you hold on to summer. Grab your sun hat and a good read as we take you on a journey of 5 overseas spaces where you can you make the most of autumn. With less people and lower prices, October is a great time to get away!

The Woodland Yurt - Malaga, Spain

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  1. Croissant Crazy with Chris - read his recipe on our blog
  2. Cyclists Paradise in a Cosy Cabin - view our new property
  3. Hanging out with George - on Twitter this month
  4. Catching dinner at The Raft - our favourite Instagram this month
  5. Caban Du Perche review - September’s most popular property
  6. One of this month’s crafty ideas  - find more on our Facebook
  7. Our Album of the Month - 'Bahamas is Afie' by Bahamas
  8. Paddy Butler on Spring Park - our owner video of the month
  9. Nature Kits for Mini Explorers - download our fun guide
  10. Travel Quote Tuesday - our Favourite Pin
  11. Learning about Lighting Landscapes - this month’s guest blog

Croissant Crazy with Chris

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Our Chris bought in these homemade Croissants earlier this month, they were so good we hassled him to share the recipe! Over to him…

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Top 5 Places for Cycling on your Doorstep

Any given weekend, you’re likely to find a good percentage of the Canopy & Stars team out on the road pushing pedals - in fact we’ve probably sped past you on our way to inspect our latest special place to stay! We love cycling and when combined with an outdoor break or a spot of glamping - you’re on to a winning combination. With one week left to win an £850 bike from Specialized Bicycles, we thought it an apt time to share 5 of our favourite bicycle friendly places to stay.

1. Caban Crwn, Beaudy Banc - Wales

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There’s only so many crumbles you can eat! So stay at Vintage Vardos in the next month & get free cider making lessons! #CSOffers www.canopyandstars.co.uk/vintagevardos

#Repost from @keziamaryruth Lovely guests making the most of the fishing at The Raft at Chigborough! Chips anyone? #theraft #fishing #glamping

Lovely pic of Pippin in Devon sent to us by a very happy guest. “It was absolutely perfect. Such a beautiful, quirky little place to just be and remember the simple things in life.”

Check out this awesome thankyou card created for the owners of Covert Cabin in France! We love a creative guest!

TAKE SNAPPIER LANDSCAPE PHOTOS

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So many factors go into producing stunning landscape photography (far too many to go into in one blog post!) but here’s a list of simple things to remember next time you find yourself standing in front of an amazing vista or epic sunset on your glamping break. Remember these rules also apply to cityscapes like the one of NYC above!

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GLAMPING FRIENDLY ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL

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We love a simple recipe that can be made whilst we’re out and about on glamping trips. We made this recently on a trip to Penhein in Monmouthshire from foraged elderflowers and it was a delicious addition to a summer barbeque!

Ingredients

Around 20 elderflower heads

Zest and juice of two lemons

1kg sugar

Method

Boil 1.5 litres water in a big pan and stir in the sugar until it has all dissolved.

Gently rinse the elderflower heads by dipping them in water - check carefully for pesky spiders!

Add the flower heads and the lemon zest and juice to the pan of water and simmer until the liquid is reduced by about half. Leave it all overnight to infuse.

The next morning, strain the liquid through a clean tea towel into a large bowl and carefully pour the cordial into a clean, sterilised bottle for storage.

 

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