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Got an old washing machine that you don’t know what to do with? Remove and upcycle the drum to make a cool firepit!

Even the hard worked Sawday’s staff love to take some ‘me’ time out at a Canopy & Stars place! Here’s our Alec at The Rising Sun.





One of our awesome guests Peter N visited Sawpit Wagon Camp in Dorset last weekend and sent us a selection of his holiday snaps. Needless to say, he had a great time!



The lovely Bella at Longlands sent us this photo yesterday of the beautiful bluebells and wild garlic in her Devon woodland over the weekend. And being the hungry beasts we are, it stirred up thoughts of this favourite from the Riverford recipe books. Bon appetit!


  • 30g butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 wet garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 250g risotto rice (arborio)
  • splash white wine or vermouth
  • 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock (hot)
  • large handful wild garlic leaves, roughly chopped
  • 50g parmesan, grated finely
  • wild garlic flowers to garnish


  1. Cook garlic and onion slowly in some butter and oil for about 10 minutes without colouring. Add rice, turn up the heat and cook until the rice is coated with garlic mix, season and add alcohol. Stir until the wine has been absorbed.
  2. Next, add the stock until rice is just covered and turn down the heat. Maintain rice at a gentle simmer and keep adding stock once the last addition has been absorbed. After about 10 minutes add wild garlic leaves and stir into rice. Add more stock. After another 5 minutes, when rice is just cooked but has some bite, add the butter and cheese.*
  3. Season and serve with a sprinkling of cheese and some wild garlic flowers if the fancy takes you!

*NADA’S TOP TIP - Add a little lemon zest for an added zing.



Jane B, one of our lovely guests sent us this snap of her recent trip to Mendip Molly, where she and her husband celebrated 24 years since meeting. Congratulations to you both, this is just the thing we love to hear about!




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!



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.


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

Don’t fart and point at the dog.

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