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3rd April 2020

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Virginia – or just ‘V’ – is one half of Moss Wood’s new warden team along with Miles, who are joining seasonal wardens Sue and Dave, along with the rest of the team. We thought it would be great to share this unique inside view into the comings and goings of the award-winning Moss Wood Caravan Park…

Hello my fellow … (Jury is still out if you are fellow Mossers) please vote thumbs up or thumbs down the poll ends on Monday! You can vote by clicking here! Alternative greetings (before checking American urban dictionary status) springing to mind are #wooders, #luckypeople and #crimblers

It’s lonely here.  I can’t wait for you all to come back (we are unofficially hoping that will be June) but my what a place to be isolated!  Forty acres of outstanding beauty and wildlife to amuse us.

Oh, and April Fool’s jokes – Henry quickly made himself scarce that day!   Yes, the Giant Lancastrian Bees in the phone box was one of mine – I don’t see why Miles and Henry should be the only ones to have to suffer my humour!    I’m not saying I’m bored, but after I set up the bee joke and took the photos, Sam (Henry and Hannah’s youngest) and I went back and hoovered and dusted out the phone box!   Apparently, he forgot to tell his mummy there was a baby foal in the paddock that morning – the April Fool joke I’d primed him with the day before!    I love jokes – please feel free to email me any you have to  and I will filter them into my future V logs.

Here is one my 18-year-old son Gus (who has the same sense of humour as me) told me last week:

What do you call a man with no shin bone in his leg?  ……………………………..  Tony

See the pictures if you need it explaining!

Toe Knee

I know, I know lol

Because it’s been a little quieter the Woodpecker has been visiting more often (see the top picture).  I even got some photos – normally he is camera shy but he posed nicely for me today.   It’s nice having a little more time on my hands, although I’m coming into the office every day (except Saturday and Sunday) I’m enjoying being able to google ‘Woodpecker’ and learn a little more.  I think I’m confident enough to say that our visitor is the Great Spotted Woodpecker.   Something I wouldn’t have been able to tell you last week, nor had the time to investigate.

We also had a previously unseen pheasant round our lodge last night.    Not the normal Phil the Pheasant as I call him who is often seen around the bird feeders in front of the office, but a far fancier regal looking fella.   I will look out for him again and try and get him to pose for a picture.    I’ve also seen a beautiful fox chasing a rabbit or two near the workshop.    I experienced mixed emotions – fox needs to eat and maybe has family to feed versus cute bunny.

Speaking of subsistence – we are nearly out of white wine in the shop, I will let you know how the red stock is doing later in the month!  Miles and I cleared our shopping tab on 31 March – and nearly fell over when the total came up, but to be fair we haven’t had to visit a supermarket in many weeks.   How lucky again we are to have our little shop on site.  I’m half way through cooking and Miles trots off the 40 yards to get that tin of tomatoes I need to add to the sauce or something, and comes back with a mint aero for us for later too😊    We have discovered Bradshaw’s Farm Shop though – they are doing deliveries to us for veg etc .  I’d like to say fruit and veg but a little-known fact – I’m allergic to most fruits.  Weird thing to be allergic to I know, I wish it was something more calorific that I was allergic too!    I don’t die or anything if I have it, it just makes my mouth and lips swell and my ears and throat tingle and hurt for about an hour, but I can drink fresh orange juice and eat bananas – I take my grapes in liquid form just to be safe😉

Just before we closed, I got a delivery from Gisella Graham gift ware and the shop is now full of gorgeous little candles and faux plants and things to make your holiday homes even more beautiful or to take back if you need a gift for someone.   Luckily it doesn’t have any use by dates on it 😊

I’m looking forward to trying the Gin & Tonic scented candle.  If I get drunk from the scent – I’m buying them all!

Take care and staff safe and don’t forget to email me a joke or two.

V 😊

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