Snow arrives at our campsite near Barcombe

The first decent snow of the year fell on Monday night and it caused mayhem on the little road leading up to the Secret Campsite near Barcombe.

the camping meadow in the snow

The postman ended up in the ditch twice and the sheep ran out of grass, which was covered in the white stuff.

However, looking on the positive side, it looks beautiful and it does give us the chance to get some interesting photos around the camping areas. Better still its great for me to see the campsite in a completely different light, empty and a very different colour.

reception at the secret campsite near barcombe

As I trudged over to the meadow via the little bridge that connected Barcombe railway station to the Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park, a fox broke cover from one of the numerous clumps of rushes that are scattered throughout the camping areas. My picture is a desperate attempt to capture him as he ran onto the dismantled railway track, but alas you’ll need to be creative to pick him out.

snowy view from the railway track at the secret campsite

There are numerous other animal tracks to look at in the meadow, some more interesting than others.

hazel pitch at the secret campsite

Finally, I made a precarious and very icy road trip to Ringmer where I bought extra hay for the 3 remaining sheep now that most of the flock have returned to Owens fields in Hamsey.

The campsite opens in 4 weeks time but i’m a bit wary of turning the water back on yet, with the temperatures as low as -6 last night. I’m sure it will have started to thaw out by then and you can always light a campfire and bring a decent rug if you’re nervous, and the showers are always hot….

On a cheerful separate note, the first shoots of wild garlic have started to appear for any soup lovers amongst you. Its easy to pick and Barcombe is a great place for it at this time of year, judging from the amount in my mate’s garden.

 

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