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Managed through carelesness to lose years of posts so it's time to start again - hey ho.
Plus, happily, I've been diverted recently by great trips to China and South Africa. Back on course now - sort of!


How optimistic was that comment! Almost a full year with no attention paid to content. The shame of it!
No prizes for guessing what will be top of the 2013 New Year resolutions.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Camping with Hopper Soft Brew


Barbecue season is fast approaching and a new adult soft drink means designated drivers and non-drinkers can feel part of the al fresco party crowd this summer. Hopper Soft Brew® is the world’s first brewed zero alcohol adult soft drink. Made from malted barley and hops, fruit juices and spring water, it has been traditionally brewed, but the fermenting process halted before alcohol production takes place. The result is a soft drink with a smooth and mature taste that complements food perfectly; it also pours like a beer with a frothy head. Apple and Citrus varieties, with less than 100 calories per 275ml bottle and no additives or preservatives, are available from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Selfridges and Amazon; rrp is £1.26 per bottle.  For further info, log on to www.juicebrewery.com.

Outwell boosts online services


Outwell has redesigned its website. Building on the easy access to product information and the facility to search for the nearest retailers, the site now features an Outwell TV page where campers can find video product presentations and see feature films that will help them use their purchases correctly. Further developments include a community area that promises a lively source of camping information, features, competitions and interaction to improve the outdoor experience and enhance the booming Facebook presence. Campers will also be able to check out the latest news and download the most recent issue of the popular Camp Magazine. To improve customer services, an updated FAQ will help campers quickly find answers to their camping and equipment related questions and any problem experienced. The contact page will enable emails to reach the best in-house expert if a solution cannot be found online. Join Outwell online at www.outwell.co.uk.

And the winner is…


Brook House Farm Certificated Site has won the Best CS award for the second time in four years.  The site was nominated by members of The Camping and Caravanning Club in 2011 after first winning the accolade in 2007. The Certificated Site (CS) is in Middlewich, Cheshire in a secluded, rural location, but within easy reach of the region’s towns and cities. Members’ reviews describe the site as “very clean and tidy and well laid out”, with one member saying, “It was a real joy to have stayed here”.  Also rated highly was the “warm and friendly” welcome from the site’s owners, Alison and Adrian Smith.
Alison said, “We’re really pleased to have been nominated for the award again.  We joined The Camping and Caravanning Club when our children were young and always thought we’d like to run our own site. One of the things we like best is looking over the site on a warm summer’s evening and seeing our campers sharing a barbecue and making friends.  We love meeting new people and it makes us happy to see people enjoying the countryside.”
As well as enjoying the peaceful atmosphere on the site, campers can treat themselves to some homemade goodies.  A small shop on the site sells cakes and pies, chutneys, marmalades, jams and even ice cream, all made by Adrian’s mother, a long-time member of the WI.
For more information about the CS of the Year competition, visit www.csoftheyear.co.uk. To book a pitch at Brook House Farm, call the site on 01606 592 156. For general information about Certificated Sites, visit www.cersites.co.uk.