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Beth Hardwick posted this on 25th Sep 2011
ACER / ILEX / QUERCUS / CASTANIA / SAMBUCUS / TILIA / CORYLUS / PYRUS / SALIX / CARPINUS / CRATAGUS / TECTONA / POPULUS / ULNUS
First one to get it right wins a prize!
Hazel Swan posted this on 23rd Sep 2011
The Bivouac is situated in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the UK.
800 feet up, we have some great views. On a clear day, you can see all the way across to York and Roseberry Topping (over 40 miles away)! With all this flora and fauna around, we are never short of scenes worthy of being captured on film.
There are landscapes, and then there are landscapes not to be missed. The Bivouac is one of them. Depending on the time of year you visit, you are likely to come across wildlife, mushrooms, heavy snow, crazy winds, powerful rains, glorious sunlight, lambs, cows, tractors, wild flowers…it’s one of lifes natural beauties, we may be biased, but why not come up and see for yourself.
Gary Keat (www.garykeat.com) is a local photographer. He says “I have been using photography as an art form for many years, inspired by the light in landscapes, natural surroundings and the people and places I visit and live amongst.” Gary has been taking some photographs from around our site, all of these are from within 3 miles of The Bivouac.
Within the Bivouac site sits a Druids temple, a folly created by William Danby of nearby Swinton Hall in 1820, the gates to the carpark are open from 8am - dusk everyday, and from here there are many walks you can go on in to the woods and explore this wonderful landscape.
The Ripon Rowel Walk, a well known 50 mile walk starting at Ripon, runs by the Bivouac, leading up to the Druids Temple. If you are doing this any time soon, you can have a look at our progress on the way past, and soon (2012), you’ll be able to stop off in our cafe for a cuppa!
We can’t wait until we can invite everyone to come and spend some time at The Bivouac and get to appreciate and enjoy this amazing place with us!
Hazel Swan posted this on 19th Sep 2011
It’s been another busy week at The Bivouac.
Shack number one has been completed on the outside, ready for some internal fixtures and fittings. Sue, a local seamstress has been practising some extreme knitting using walking stick sized knitting needles to make us some throws and other soft furnishings for the shacks. The wind has been gale force (pretty much) and details are falling in to place.
This kind of sized project is massive and there are so many different parts to it. We are working as a team, and involving anyone who wants to get involved, ensuring everything gets done in the right order.
It has come to the point where we have started sorting out the small details, the things that are going to be in the shacks, the places where the electric sockets are going in the barn and the type of flooring we’re having throughout. It’s strange making these decisions when they seem so far off, but it is all coming together at quite a pace at the moment. Sue has been making some extreme knitting samples for our soft furnishings in the shack. Extreme knitting uses massive needles and multiple strands of wool to create comfortable, luxurious textiles. We have been gathering fabrics and wool for her to make some more. If you have any old fabrics or yarns you would like to donate, we’d love to have them, we are all about reusing and recycling!
This morning the office and house is very quiet as the shack team have headed back down south to start making the frames for the next couple of shacks. The other builders are cracking on with the cafe, shop, showers and toilets on site and have been amazing as they have been battling with the elements in the past week whilst redoing the roofs! At one point the trampoline flew across the garden, yet the builders continued throughout!
Beth Hardwick posted this on 11th Sep 2011
Two shots from our last event here at The Biv…. this event was organised in a week! So just think what we can do if we had more time….
I am looking for a someone… can you help? A chap called the office a month ago asking about events here… I want to call him back but the number I have for him is wrong!
So for any local folk…... if you know of a Gary Biddlescombe from Kirkby Malzard… can you ask him to call us? I’d love to have a chat….
Claire Sorley posted this on 10th Sep 2011
I’m adding this brilliant “mini-bivvi” sized tool box to my wish list for our family…
Have a look at this! Its from the Play Merrily Toy Shop (run by a fellow home-educating Mum).
As most kids, ours could always tell the difference between real and pretend tools and always want to get involved with any D.I.Y going on at home. We decided we might as well teach them to use the real ones properly and they now regularly have time with Daddy, wielding some sort of power tool!
This tool set looks great though. Clearly real tools (with sharp edges and everything!) but in a much more manageable size for smaller hands.Should bring the health and safety risk down a bit!
I’ll be sending them up to help the shack building team.Might as well get them working.
Hazel Swan posted this on 09th Sep 2011
Hazel and Andy arrive and the shack gets walls…
Hello! I am here to introduce Andy and myself, two new(ish) Bivouac recruits! Andy has been working here for a couple of months now, and I just arrived last weekend.
So, I’m Hazel and have been living in Lincoln for the last 10 years, working as a Project Co-ordinator for a charity. I am now living on site at The Bivouac and have already started getting stuck in to rural life, driving on windy roads and permanently sporting my wellies.
Even since I have been here, the site has developed loads…the shacks are being cladded, the camping barn has studded walls and a floor, and the toilet block is coming on! My role here is pretty varied, ranging from helping to organise the camping village, organising events, and helping with general everyday stuff as The Bivouac site progresses.
Andy has moved here from Newcastle, he is living in Masham with his wife Sarah, and 2 children, Alfie and Zac. Moving from being a Furniture Sales Consultant to getting involved in all areas of the build at The Bivouac, he has hit the ground running. “What I am enjoying most about working at The Bivouac is the variety, learning and doing different things everyday!”