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THE WOODLAND RETREAT GUEST BOOK

A homely cabin for 4, with a bell-tent lounge and a recording studio in Devon, and some very creative (and happy) guests! :)

MAJESTIC BUS - HEREFORDSHIRE

A 60s bus, now converted into a comfy escape for couples or families, looking out at the spectacular hills near Hay-on-Wye

A BIT OF CHRISTMAS CHEER

We sent some small thank you’s - in the form of little hand-sewn Santas - to our most loyal guests, and got some lovely thank you’s in return. Couldn’t help but share in the Christmas cheer - especially with the shared pictures, including one hanging in a home-made treehouse made of willow withies and an old tailor’s hem measurer!

Thanks for the card & 🎅 @canopyandstars Merry Xmas to you and I can’t wait for our next C&S adventure.

A big thank you to @canopyandstars for our Christmas wizard tree decoration. We love it, and love you

Big thank you again to everyone who has stayed with us again (and again!) this year. Here’s to a holiday-filled 2014!

ARTIST OF THE MONTH - FROMAGE EN FEU

We had to get to know Fromage en Feu’s Thom a bit better after using a couple of their upbeat Gypsy jazz tracks for our videos. Good thing Thom Thomas-Watkins (aka Jimi “Caerphilly) was up for putting down his guitar and sharing his love of faux cheese…

Where do you live now and what do you ‘do’? 

Bristol & Exeter - Guitarist and general sonic structuring. 

What is your greatest fear?

Losing the use of my hands.

Which living person do you most admire and why?

Brian Blessed - for his extraordinary passion and his pursuit and support for nature and animals. 

What was your most embarrassing moment?

When I first joined Fromage en Feu 5 years ago, we had to make up a cheese name for ourselves relating to our country or county of origin. I’ve got welsh roots so choose the not so famous cheese “Saval”, I also admire Jimi Hendrix. So ended up with Jimi Saval! Had to quickly change that one last year!

What would your super power be?

To freeze time. Mainly to fight crime but also to fit in more guitar practise. 

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?

The Wooly Mammoth - I’d love to see a massive shaggy elephant roaming around secluded spots of the UK.

What is your most unappealing habit?

Ha! You should probably ask my girlfriend that. Leaving banana skins in the van door pocket isn’t a good one of mine. 

What is your guiltiest pleasure? 

Faux cheese!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Hopefully the band still has it’s greatest achievements yet to come but for now I think getting a packed Cheltenham jazz Festival audience to get up off their seats dancing was pretty special.

How would you like to be remembered?

I’ve heard writing you own obituary is a good way to see where your at in your life. Really I want my music to do all the talking after I’ve departed but to be remembered as a cheeky and considerate craftsman would make me rest in pieces 

What album are you listening to now?

Renaud Garcia-Fons - Méditerranées

Where have you just come back from?

Finland, Tampera

Where next?

Islay, Scotland

What would you most like to find in your welcome hamper?

Ingredients for a White Russian. 

What’s your best piece of travel advice?

Always pack a peg or 3. Had a few “Bear Grylls moments”away with those in my bag. 

Which is your favourite city and why?

Bristol - Has everything I love about a city; music, culture, history, memories and being able to escape to the country in minutes.

If you’re ready for a little dance, watch and listen to Fromage en Feu in full swing here

Have someone you think would be perfect for our Artist of the Month spotlight? Email your suggestions to: peoplewelove@canopyandstars.co.uk

MAKING SURE IT’S A WHITE CHRISTMAS

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For those sporting a new camera for Christmas, and for those of you who already have one - let the snow begin to fall for a chance to snap a bit of white magic! But here’s the bad news snowball: snow pictures are notoriously difficult to catch and tend to come out flat and dull - (read more on ‘why’ here). The good news is there is a very simple way to fix this. John Barwood - one of our professional photographer moonlighters - explains how…

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FAITHFUL - DARTMOUTH

A boat - and what a boat! - for two moored near chic Dartmouth, with super restaurants and a hotel spa in town. Let the waves lull you…

YOU ARE SMARTER THAN YOUR CAMERA

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Modern cameras are amazing things, and they do a lot of things very well. But like all computers, they are essentially advanced calculators. The reason I am telling you this is so that you remember you are smarter than your camera next time you are out shooting.

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BIG SKY RETREAT - DEVON

The Big Sky Retreat is a creatively crafted haven of soft wood colours and solitude. Inspired by legendary American yurt builder Bill Coperthwaite, and his iconic 70s book, A Simpler Life. Recently featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Ch 4!

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