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Christmas is coming… [Read me!]
Lewis Todhunter Gig 16th Nov 2012 [Read me!]
Cakes made to order! [Read me!]
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David Sorley posted this on 02nd May 2012
Here is a little video showing some of the craftsmanship that went in to the build for our Woodland Shacks
David Sorley posted this on 29th Apr 2011
Took a stroll up to near where the cabins will be situated… Lovely isn’t it?
Sam Hardwick posted this on 12th Apr 2010
We’re in a funny old season with The Bivouac at the minute… we’re all working our socks off doing long days and dealing with dozens of people; we’re moving towards planning permission for the site and all of the intricate detail that goes with that.
I’m sorry I’ve been off the blog for a while… it’s a product of being buried in the planning detail; this means that most of what I have been doing isn’t really that exciting as well as not having had loads of time to day dream about the other stuff… the exciting stuff. But, it all seems to be coming together. Let’s hope we’re on target for our submission date.
I’m delighted the sun has come out too.
Better crack on.
Beth Hardwick posted this on 03rd Mar 2010
It seems so long now that we have been plugging away on this dream, this project, and sometimes I can find myself running out of steam and wondering if we’ll make it to the end.
It’s in these moments that I allow myself to dream again.. to visualise the hours, days and moments which will follow once we are open - and I am reminded that this is a journey worth the hard work.
For me Bivouac is far more than just a place to take a holiday. It is more than a creative expression of how to use nature, people and places to their potential. Its more than the land search (which is now complete) and more than finding investment (also virtually complete) and more than linking in people with passion (an exciting ongoing journey). For me.. it is after the site is developed and we are open that the real journey of Bivouac takes place.
I have a journal of notes, pictures, thoughts and ideas which are brimming with ideas for the years which will follow. I am looking forward to finding that rhythm in this where I can give of myself to this project and see these ideas jump from these pages in my book into life and see others enjoyment.
I want people to come to The Bivouac and be lifted in their spirits, challenged in their souls, moved toward a better way - and all by very simple ingredients of care, time, love and inspiration. Through the food they eat, the views and atmosphere around, the event which takes place, the fire pit stories, the workshops on offer to the deep sleep they get.
So - when I am feeling that this is a lot of hard work… when I wish that we were earning a wage… when I worry if our girls need more time with us.. or at least better time when they are with us… I just stop - and visualise this dream.
Come for a cuppa when you see our ‘open’ sign. I’d love to offer you some cake. x
David Sorley posted this on 16th Feb 2010
I’ve been busy looking into signage for our first Bivouac site
I’ve been busy looking into signage for our first Bivouac site and came across these amazing, untreated cast iron signs at the Holbeck Urban Village Leeds.
Beth Hardwick posted this on 09th Feb 2010
Whilst driving deep into East Sussex last week I came across this tiny house.
The photo does not really show you how tiny it was… but it was TINY! I had to stop and take a picture.. as it just reminded me of a Bivouac shack. Small, neat, cosy, unique, unusual. So I thought I’d share it with you…
I was spotted with my camera so I just shot one and drove away fast!
Do send in any pictures which you feel may inspire us…. we can put them up here for others to enjoy!
Beth Hardwick posted this on 26th Dec 2009
This last few weeks have been manic. Trying to design the ever changing space of The Bivouac site with the restraints and guidelines of funding and planning. It is a crazy process.
One thing I have looked at are the camping facilities. I have a choice… either separate the males and females and have a small space each, or have unisex facilities and have a really lovely space? I have gone for the latter… believing that folk will prefer this. Each shower will have its own cubicle and changing space.. non of the usual naff shower block experiences you’ve had before. This is cosy, clean, and giving you that extra comfort which you so want when you’re camping. I think you’ll like it…
But - before I get too far in my planning… can you tell me… would you be happy to do the unisex thing? Or is this just asking too much?!
Beth Hardwick posted this on 27th Nov 2009
Well today is the first day in months that Sam is having both the girls and I am on my own… doing Bivouac work. It feels really strange to be without noise and activity…
It took me ages to get going this morning as my brain is still full of cotton wool…
I am sure my girls will appreciate this rhythm of work much better… no more “hold on” and ‘tap, tap, tap’ on my laptop when they want to play.
I am so excited and scared all at once about the Bivouac journey. We are fully immersed into the fabric now and I can almost taste the reality of it enfolding. We have decided when to move to the first site.. and this is a big move for us. So now, its all hands on deck to get the plans in place and the details right. We will let you know all about it soon… I promise!
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