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Five foraging tips for wild food beginners

Rowan to damson, rose hip to blackberry, jam to wine, your foraging trips can be bountiful and nutritious, but if you don’t know what you’re doing they can also be incredibly dangerous. Thankfully we’ve got our foraging friends Hunter Gather Cook on-hand with their top tips for wild food beginners! If you’d like to gobble up more of their knowledge, why not enter our competition to win a foraging experience for four!

1. If in doubt, leave it out

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How to edit your photos for the best effect

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We’ve all been there…trying to capture an amazing sunset, stunning scenery or a once in a lifetime photo opportunity, only to get home and realise the photo we’ve taken is a bit naff! Well no longer… our resident photography expert John Barwood has given us his top tips on how to improve the photos you take through post production. Find out more below.

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Lichen Cabin - near Chepstow. Sleeps 2.
	Pippin the Gypsy Caravan - Devon. Sleeps 2.
Dawn of the Day - Herefordshire. Sleeps 2.

Whistle Wood Wagon - Cumbria. Sleeps 2. The Damson Cabin - Worcestershire. Sleeps 4.

Orchard Yurt - Cornwall. Sleeps 4.

The Cider Orchard Yurt - Wye Valley. Sleeps 2.

It’s apple harvest and cider festival time so we’ve handpicked a selection of our properties with an apple connection….got a favourite? Let us know!

From left to right, top to bottom.

  1. Lichen Cabin, Monmouthshire
  2. Pippin the Gypsy Caravan, Devon
  3. Dawn of the Day, Herefordshire
  4. Whistle Wood Cabin, Cumbria
  5. Damson Cabin, Worcestershire
  6. Orchard Yurt, Cornwall
  7. The Cider Orchard Yurt, Wye Valley

Seven unique foodie getaways

If you’ve ever dreamed of foraging for your dinner, cooking on an open fire or meeting a backyard beekeeper, read on. Our collection is full of special places sure to delight food lovers; they may not be Michelin but you’re sure to see the stars. Here’s seven to get your taste buds tingling.

Balance your mood with food - The Arc, Cambridgeshire

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The Arc cabin is magical, there’s a unique style to the bright fabrics and thoughtful finishing touches. A haven for foodies, shelves heave with cookbooks, saucepans, and spices. For a guided approach, you can book into owner Lotte’s mood balancing and stress relieving cookery course – where you’ll learn small nutritional changes that can make a big difference to a busy mind. After a day creating, massages are available for ultimate relaxation before retiring to the king-sized antique French bed.

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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

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