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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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Sorry for the shameless celeb mention but look who stayed in Lost Meadow Tree Tent recently…it’s only Teri Hatcher!

Lost Meadow Tree Tent in Cornwall sleeps 2: www.canopyandstars.co.uk/treetent

WHIP UP YOUR OWN WAGON

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Ever fancied designing and creating your very own glamping getaway? Well, now’s your chance!

One of our fabulous owners, the lovely James Noble, has a distinct love of wagons and has decided to pass on his passion to other appreciative folk by running a course in October.

For three days from 3-5 October in Pewsey, Wiltshire, the course will explore the designing of wagons of different sizes as well as a look into the more technical aspects of how they are made. The cost of the three days will be £360, including accommodation and food. Visit James’ website for more details.

James is also the proud owner of The Wagon and craftsman of Gwennol, just a couple of wheeled wonders from the Canopy & Stars collection.

WE HEAR CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER…

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Lovely news has reached the office from some delighted guests who stayed at Lost Meadow Tree Tent in January 2014. After some secretive plotting between Steve and Lost Meadow’s owner Ian, Steve popped the question and Vicki said yes! A big congratulations to them both!

SHOOTING FILM BARWOOD STYLE

In 2014, a time when everyone has at least one digital camera glued to them at all times - some of them with more megapixels than you can shake a stick at, why would we still care about shooting film? Apart from the sheer look and the richer, more physical quality of film shots, there is its effect on you. Today we take more photos than ever but make less and less meaningful beautiful images. When you have sometimes as few as ten shots per roll, you really take a moment and think before you shoot, frame out that ugly thing in the background and wait for what Henri Cartier-Bresson called the decisive moment - that moment that you still manage to miss when you take 30 photos of the same thing with your phone.

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WIN 100 CANOPY & STARS GLAMPING TRIPS WITH YEO VALLEY

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We’re super excited to be part of Yeo Valley’s current on-pack promotion now in store until June 2014! Enter for your chance to win one of two VW campervans and 100 of our wonderful glamping trips! Plus, you get to enjoy the scrumptuous Yeo Valley goods you purchased too.

CANOPY & STARS AWAY DAY AND HORSEPLAY

Every so often, as the Canopy & Stars team, we need to take a day and get out on the field and enjoy our special places as you, our loyal guests would do (it’s a hard job but someone’s gotta do it!).

So last Tuesday, we did just that and jumped on the M5 to head down to Devon and spend one day and one night at two of the six safari tents at Longlands, nestled among the rolling hills of Exmoor. 

We arrived to be met by Longlands owner, the lovely Bella Given who introduced us to our tents, Lundy and Lee and showed us the ins and outs of the impressive wood burning range and jingly paraffin lamps hanging from the ceiling. After a quick cuppa and the important task of baggsie-ing beds, it was time for an away-day activity. We were going horse riding!

A short drive brought us to Dean Riding Stables and after being introduced to our ponies and fitted with riding hats, we went for a lovely long stroll with our horses and their trainers down some hair-raising hills. Despite a close shave with a horse and cart, we managed to progress onto trotting as we clung tightly onto the saddles of our steeds! It was a fantastic couple of hours and if you’re ever at Longlands, the stables are just five minutes drive away.

After such a fun-packed morning, it was time to knuckle down to a bit of strategy in the afternoon, which, when you’re surrounded by such beautiful views and scoffing locally-made award-winning pasties (and a few other cheeky bits and bobs) really didn’t feel like work. We even had prosecco and Bella’s homemade lasagna to look forward to afterwards which always softens the blow, right?!

SHOOTING STARS BARWOOD STYLE

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For those who have tried and failed, and for those who just think it’s way beyond your skill limit (it’s not!), John Barwood explains how to make your star pictures look like more than just a sneeze on a black square.

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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! :)

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!

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