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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!

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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