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Monday, 30 November 2009


Forget the Oscars, forget the Nobel Peace Prizes, this is the big one!

We are delighted to announce that Jean Osborne and Paul Michemore have been recognised for their exceptional service to the holiday park industry by the presentation of British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) Exceptional Service Awards.

Their citations read...

Jean Osborne...A long-standing commitment to the highest of standards in guest accommodation and service.

Paul Michelmore...An invaluable contribution to the development, management and maintenance of the Park’s environment and bio-diversity.

The BH&HPA says...

'The Exceptional Service Award is new for 2009 so please extend our congratualtions to Jean and Paul on being among the first winners of this prestigious award. We are delighted to enclose their certificates of achievement together with their lapel badges.

Details of their achievement will be documented on the Roll of Honour in the BH&HPA Journal.

We hope that it gives Jean and Paul a big pat on the back and lets them know how much you value their contribution to the park.'

Welll done to you both!


Sunday, 29 November 2009

SCRABBLE - Deja Vu, Ominous Portents, Signatures and Danish Pasties!

Lay awake last night in a 65mph wind thinking know...the well-known game where you have a handful of tiles and have to re-arrange them into a word like 'ROOF'.

We have certainly got some extreme weather at the moment, not just the wind, but almost constant rainfall...I have rarely seen the site so wet and its fortunate there's nobody on it during the winter, so the ground just keeps soaking it up. However, our problems are nothing; we spare a thought at this time for our customers, their friends, family and all the unfortunate victims of weather in the north west.

The Blogwall Bugle itself was born of an extreme weather event. Rememember August 2008? It was pretty wet, and to cheer everyone up we started to produce a one-side sheet of ramblings, gossip and pretty useless information to keep spirits up. Originally, it was called the Bogwall Bugle, on account of that was where it was posted up. Looking back through the archive, headlines catch my eye such as 'Woman Takes to Bed in Climate Change Protest' and there are some useful 'Norma's Problem Page' tips on coping with muddy conditions.

Hopefully, with the new layout of the park, this sort of thing should not happen again....However, there is a way you can help out too....

Wherever you come from, you must have heard of 'Climate Change'. I can already hear all the Daily Mail readers sucking through their teeth, but bear with me because whether you subcsribe to the 'evil man' theory or not isn't the issue here. I am not convinced by the one reason fits all augument either...I think there's a whole lot of factors involved in this, all of which have their part to play. However, what I am convinced of is that we are just using too much 'stuff' at a rate that we as a species can't manage in simple supply and demand terms or justify on the moral ground of being fair to all. So, we've just got to stop using quite as much 'stuff'' and give ourselves a bit of a breathing space until we can get all the big theories and policies lined up and sorted out.

Now, when we have a bunch of politicians coming together to talk about something as important as this, then it makes sense to first of all get them to agree to stop using quite so much 'stuff' until they know what they are talking about. It looks like all the major players are going to be in Copenhagen next month to do just that (well...hopefully). So how can you help. Well, politicians are fickle, vain characters who like to know that somebody is taking notice. To get their attention, all you have to do is sign up to the 'Footsteps to Copenhagen' declaration and lend your voice to the millions of others around the globe who are asking our representatives to show some leadership on this. Don't be put off by the fact that it has 'Truro Cathedral' in the headline...this has nothing to do with religion, it's just that the good auspices of the cathedral have kindly agreed to help out in pulling this together. And it doesn't matter where you come from....Cornwall is just one of a whole world full of places that is affected by this. So please...give it some welly...just sign....

Thank You!

You can find all the old Bugles on this blog posted back in December 2008 (see panel to the right).


Friday, 27 November 2009


Court and Social

So..What do these three things have in common?

That's right, they were all in Bath last night for the switching on of the Christmas lights. Roving Blogwall Bugle cub reporters Snickers and Water Cooler Boy bumped into Nicholas Cage as he was throwing the switches at the start of the Spa town's seasonal extravaganza.

Asked if he was intending to spend time at Lower Treave this year, Cage said 'Where?', which pretty much confirms his holiday plans.

However, the Hollywood heartthrob will be cut no slack during his sojourn under canvas...the rules quite clearly say 'Mandolin playing must be reduced to a minimum after 10.30pm'!


Wednesday, 25 November 2009


For the theatre goers amongst you who like to plan ahead here are the latest dates we have for the Minack 2010 season.

More pre-season events will be added as dates are confirmed.

To find out when the Box Office is due to open please CLICK HERE

Disney's Beauty And The Beast . . April 2,3,4,5 and 10,11,12 . . . [MORE]

Music and Comedy events - details to be announced . . . . May 15 to 21
A Mere Interlude . . . . May 24 to 28 . . . [MORE]
Jesus Christ Superstar . . . . May 31 to June 4 . . . [MORE]
To be announced . . . . June 7 to 11
James and the Giant Peach . . . . June 14 to 18 . . . [MORE]
To be announced . . . . June 21 to 25
West Side Story . . . . June 28 to July 2 . . . [MORE]
Romeo and Juliet . . . . July 5 to 9 . . . [MORE]
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme . . . . July 12 to 16 . . . [MORE]
The Bartered Bride . . . . July 19 to 23 . . . [MORE]
On The Razzle. . . . July 26 to 30 . . . [MORE]
Moby Dick! The Musical . . . . August 2 to 6 . . . [MORE]
Love's Labour's Lost. . . . August 9 to 13 . . . [MORE]
Trumpets and Drums . . . . August 16 to 20 . . . [MORE]
Lark Rise . . . . August 23 to 27 . . . [MORE]
Hot Mikado . . . . August 30 to September 3 . . . [MORE]
The Rover . . . . September 6 to 10 . . . [MORE]
The Gondoliers . . . . September 13 to 17 . . . [MORE]
Proms at Minack . . . . September 18 and 19 . . . [MORE]


Sunday, 22 November 2009


...question is, will it fit in my Christmas stocking...?

Friday, 20 November 2009



Please, just sign wellingtons start to leak round about 2011, but your kids will have damp feet for life!

Cornwall Climate Change Pledge for Copenhagen

Thank you.


Monday, 16 November 2009


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Saturday, 14 November 2009


From Radio Cornwall this morning....

'Storms swept through Cornwall overnight causing £50,000 worth of improvements to Bodmin!'

(You couldn't make it up.)

Meanwhile, waterlevels are rising on the new pond...will be selling tickets to the flume soon. Everything is just about holding together...given that no liners or concrete were used in the construction...just hoping the force of nature doesn't have too great an effect on our efforts to help nature out!

Off to watch Exeter v Pirates this afternoon...if they put up a high ball, get ready to catch it where you live!

Friday, 13 November 2009

PARASKEVIDEKATRIAPHOBIA, I will mostly be stopping in bed!

Thursday, 12 November 2009


Time to say goodbye to an old friend. Last seen on official duty at Lower Treave for the pond filling ceremony in October (see earlier post), Mum's old dog Bess has sadly died. Fifteen full and eventful years and never happier than when out on a walk, she will be very much missed.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009


Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
Today we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all the neighboring gardens,
And today we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got.

This is the safety-catch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their finger.

And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring.

They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
And the breech, the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and the almond blossom
Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
For today we have the naming of parts.

Henry Reed

Tuesday, 3 November 2009


New photographs, new prices, additional info...all at the click of a mouse

Monday, 2 November 2009


Just been notified by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust that the amount collected this year from our visitor gifting coffee scheme was £150.98

Many thanks to everyone who put a few coins into the collecting box for their coffee....we've done the sums and the average paid per cup was what are Starbucks doing with all their money?

Don't forget, if you want to get somebody a really nice Christmas present, then try a Cornwall Wildlife Trust Calendar. Available now from their on-line shop
at just £5.00