Spring Park

A tiny homes holiday Park in the Tamar Valley

Homemade Glass Cleaner

What an exciting title for a post but I am rather excited about it I have to say. My last post was about Spring Parks journey towards zero waste and well cleaning products are a huge source of plastic waste for us. Obviously we use a lot of them and actually it is not only the plastic that bothers me it is all the chemicals in them.

So anyway I started with the glass cleaner and used a recipe I found on one essential community via Pinterest. I have pinned it to my Zero waste board but I have also written out the recipe below.

*1/2 cup white vinegar

*1/2 cup vodka

*1 tbsp corn flour

*10 drops of essential oil (I used lemon)

I used this recipe partly because we had half a bottle of vodka which none was going to drink in the cupboard but it works so well I am really pleased. Once we run out of shop bought glass cleaner we won’t be needing to buy anymore. I would be grateful for any other recipes anyone has for homemade cleaning products. I want to switch as many of our cleaners over as I can.




Zero Waste


This year I decided to try to eliminate single use plastic from our lives here at Spring Park. I have been thinking about the ways we can become more environmentally friendly for a long time and so January seemed like a good time to begin our zero waste journey.


As a family we spend a lot of time on the beach and I think most of our guests visit while they are in Cornwall. Having seen the beach after the winter storms it hit home how bad our plastic problem really is. I have never seen so much waste washed up on our shore line I was completely shocked.

So as this year I have decided we will go plastic free as much as possible I will write about what I am doing. Hopefully I will at least cut down on the amount of rubbish going into our bin. However here are a few things I worry about….

  • Will I have time to source everything with the least packaging?….the supermarket makes life so easy
  • Will it be much more expensive?
  • Will the whole family help to stick to the new resolution?

I think the trick might be not to do too much too soon as it does seem like a huge mountain to climb. I plan to sort out one area of our house at a time. Now is definitely the time to do it as our little family will be moving into our own tiny house in a few months time and so we are decluttering and and having a massive clear out.

I am excited to share some photos of the new house as we get ready to move in and also to hear any zero waste ideas anyone has.


A New Kitchen



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I know I have been away for ages I have been writing sporadically on my other blog but really want to find a way to combine them into one. Anyway today I am quite excited that we are having a new kitchen. For a while now we have wanted a new floor and more cupboards and drawers instead of the open shelving we already had. Everything gets so dusty on the open shelves and I have been hoping to make our house more tidy and less cluttered.

Obviously this will happen as soon as the new kitchen is finished. We will be living in a clutter free space filled only with beautiful yet useful things…….of course that won’t happen there will still be a pile of receipts and junk mail on the side along with random screws and drill bits. I expect the dogs collars won’t miraculously hang themselves on the hooks and Peggy will still deposit shoes and boots across the floor!

So far the new floor has been put down and waxed. The cabinets are all but finished, so many new places to put things! We are just putting our new tiles up and they look great. We chose patterned ones which makes up for the fact that all our walls are too uneven for wallpaper. I am really looking forward to getting some photos to share on here, but for now I have chosen some Pinterest inspiration. Hopefully after the weekend I can take some pictures of the finished room although we are off to Amsterdam for  few days so maybe when we get back.

See you soon x

Decorating with maps

I have had my head so far under the tarpaulin painting the endless molly croft that I have completely missed Halloween which is a shame as I like making pumpkins and adding a few spooky touches to the wagons. However one of the dilemmas I have been thinking over has been the walls of the Duchess. In the past I have used maps to decorate with, I love maps.

The other day it occurred to me while I was trying to pin down my wallpaper choice that maybe I could use some of my old maps instead. I have got a sample of some Mulberry wallpaper that I really like but I haven’t ordered it yet and there is just a small niggling feeling that it isn’t quite right. Anyway due to the disappointing lack of Halloween in our house here is my pick of map love!


I should say that I found all these pictures on Pinterest and you can find them dotted around amongst my boards!

See you soon for part 2 of our Scottish road trip.x


Scottish Road Trip no. 1

Well we have just returned from our little jaunt to Scotland and we have had such a wonderful time! We packed up the Errol van…that is our stealthy Transit camper and drove off into the sunset for a few weeks. Our ultimate destination was the Outer Hebrides, Lewis and Harris. We spent our first night in Gretna Green, no we didn’t get married, yes it did rain enough to drown my i phone! On our second night after driving around the stunningly beautiful Loch Lomond we stopped in Fort William. I will never get over the beautiful scenery in Scotland it really is one of the best places I have ever been.

I have been to Fort William before and it was nice to be back we stayed at the Glen Nevis Campsite (dogs allowed). It is a great campsite good value for money with lovely warm, clean showers and even a hairdryer. There is a shop, a restaurant, everything you need really and all nestled at the bottom of the famous Ben Nevis.

The weather wasn’t great so we didn’t try to climb Ben Nevis instead we followed one of the many woodland trails starting from the Braveheart car park….actually built for the filming of said movie! Our route took us up around the hill out of the woods with some great views of Fort William!




Peggy loved it she was in heaven pretty much from the moment she set her paws on Scottish soil.

Best of all we discovered a ‘secret’ hideout! Walking down the path through the woodland we saw a sign carved into the forest floor Outlandia it said. A wooden path wove it’s way through the trees and so of course we had to follow it. Honestly it is the closest I have come to Narnia and then at the end of the path to our delight we discovered a tree house.




Obviously it was locked, a tiny part of me as I tried the door hoped it would be open. I wanted so badly to stand inside and look out over what must have been a truly amazing view, perhaps put the kettle on and sink into an armchair to watch the birds or cuddle up under a patchwork duvet and listen to the wind in the trees.


Instead we spent a few hours wondering how we could add a forest to Spring Park and fill it with tiny tree houses. It turns out Outlandia is a space for artists, inspired by childhood dens and forest outlaws. Quietly waiting there, hidden amongst the trees for the next artist to arrive.

Now what can I possibly propose that would allow me to spend a whole week there, me and Peggy would go like a shot!


I hope you enjoyed the first part of our Scottish Road trip, we also did a lot of bike exploring and I acquired some great new maps to add to my collection. I can’t wait to share the rest of our travels! x



The Goodwood Revival 2014

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I am back yes it’s been a long time, I have no excuses! I have just spent a wonderful weekend at The Goodwood Revival where I was helping my friends at HOUNDWORTHY on their wonderful stall.

I returned inspired and refreshed so Goodwood seems like the perfect topic to get this blog back on track. I am not sure where I ought to start, in fact since I could rabbit on for hours and hours about how much I enjoyed the revival I think I will mainly be sharing some of my favourite photos from the weekend.


Early morning before the crowds arrived and the mod’s are lining up outside Tescos!



The cars were amazing, I do love looking at vintage cars and I fell in love with the panel van from the Demon Drome!



I had the best time dressing up every day and how amazing to get my makeup done at Betty’s Salon! I wish that could happen now I am home. Actually I would really just like to pack up all the wagons and live there forever.










Hope you enjoyed the pictures we are just packing the van ready to go on our Scottish road trip, so many exciting things happening at Spring Park! Tomorrow I will be sharing my mums recipe for the tasty chocolate and almond cakes we sometimes leave for lucky guests. So many people have asked for the recipe I thought it was about time!

See you soon x



Peach and Plum colour inspiration


Today I have been inspired by the blooming of Mum’s tulips particularly those outside The Old Potting Shed which are looking lovely. It’s hard to get a really nice photo of them but I had to settle for this one!

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Also just to let everyone know I will be writing a blog on our new website which all going well should be up next week. It will be in the form of our Whats on page and will tell everyone the great things to do around here. I have started a new blog called The Eagle and Other Bikes this is to be my personal blog where I will be continuing with all my colourful inspirations and style posts, you will also find a healthy dose of my bikes in there as it is becoming an obsession of mine!

Weekend at Spring Park

Last weekend we invited all our friends from Falmouth College, some of whom we haven’t seen for almost fourteen years to come and visit us at Spring Park. We had such an amazing weekend with them and their families that I thought I might share a few photos with you here. Unusually for me I didn’t take a single picture but luckily Bruce did so here are some of his photos.


Chloe and Benita relaxing in the sunshine outside the Duke, we were lucky with the weather apart from a bit of sea mist it stayed clear we were able to go out for walks, eat our dinner on the BBQ and sit around the campfire watching the stars in the evening.


Bruce took some great photos around the campfire he even managed to get the stars in. Here we all are outside the Maiden sitting around the fire pit.



Apart from the fact that we all found it much harder to stay up past twelve o clock it was lovely to see that none of us had really changed at all. It was as if we had never been apart, I hope we will get to do it again before another fourteen years go flying past!


Mr Featherstone kept a beady eye on the proceedings he does a great job of guarding the gate! I will see you soon Bruce took loads more photos and they are far too good to keep to ourselves!


A New Girl at Spring Park

On Monday morning at 6am our new Showman’s Wagon the Duchess began her journey to Spring Park. She had to come across from the Isle of Wight on the ferry, luckily the company who had originally brought her to the island were able to collect her and bring her to us.

By 11.30 she was making her way up the lane from the village, we were worried it wouldn’t fit up the road but the driver seemed to have no problem at all. We hadn’t seen the Duchess for over a month since we went to look at her and Paddy and Mum hadn’t seen her at all so this was our first view of her.

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I watched her coming down the ramp with my heart in my mouth imagine her having come all this way only to topple on to her side in front of the gates. Also would she look in a worse state in the day light and having traveled though all that rain maybe she would be awash inside. However they got her down from the lorry and in through the gates with relative ease.

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Here she is squeezing through the gate ready to go to her new home.

We have put her on a plot next to The Duke and I think they will be great friends earlier when I walked round the path and saw her over the fence it was as if she was always there!

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Here’s mum climbing down I think one of our first jobs will be some stairs for her front door and the waste ground you see will become a beautiful English garden. We think the Duchess was built during the 1940’s so I think some of her garden should be made over to vegetables and become a victory garden.

The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is a 17 mile bike and walking trail running from Wenford Bridge on Bodmin Moor to Padstow. It follows the path of the old railway line and really is beautiful. Almost completely flat I’d say and with an even surface it makes for a perfect day out cycling. The section between Wadebridge and Padstow is a bit like cycling on a road except with no cars of course. There are loads of picnic benches and places to stop along the way so you can take a flask or lunch and sit and enjoy the view whilst you eat.

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The scenery is ever changing I joined the trail at Bodmin today. It’s really well signposted and easy to get to, the beginning of the trail is just past the Bodmin Jail. You set off here through beautiful wooded areas and will pass the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway on your left. I also spotted a rather lovely looking tea rooms a little further down the trail. Before reaching Wadebridge you will also pass the Camel Valley Vineyard which I was thinking would be a perfect place to stop on your return journey for a lovely glass of Cornish wine!

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The section of the trail between Bodmin and Wadebridge.

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After Wadebridge, where if you fancy a shorter ride you can hire bikes and find lots of parking, you will ride all the way along the estuary and into Padstow.  It’s full to bursting with pretty shops and houses plus the cycle trail ends up almost exactly at Rick Steins Fish and Chips. Which of course you will totally deserve after all that exercise!

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Overlooking the estuary…

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When I reached Padstow I turned around this time and cycled back to Wadebridge so I could get a lift back to Spring Park. My lift had been surfing so was of course late its a good job Royal (that’s my bike) has all these handy racks and I had thought to bring a book! It was a real treat to sit in the sun with my book for half an hour and not be cold.

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See you soon x