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.

 

 

 

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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.

xxx

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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!