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May 12, 2011

This week me and Martin

Hi everyone

….are talking about the YURTING EXPERIENCE. Me and my pegboy or boypeg (which one sounds least like he has a peg leg, which he DOESN’T by the way peg readers) went on our very own glam camping or “glamping” holiday for the royal weekend. I am very lucky to have previously tried out this new camping fad with my fellow peglets in September in a yurt farm in Staffordshire which proved to be surprisingly picturesque….

Considering we all grew up around this area, it was astonishing how much we enjoyed it for its novelty. Although it was pretty novel staying in a yurt with your girlie friends and WALKING FOR BLOODY MILES. I did NOT sign up for THAT. That walk happened without my consent!

What in the name of great Oden’s raven is a yurt? I wouldn’t know because I didn’t get invited onto any of these holidays!

…Sorry Martin its not really suitable for sock animals… for readers who don’t know what a yurt is….please see the charming pictures below…

A Staffordshire Yurt

A Dorset Yurt

Leetle bit from Wikipedia….A yurt is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by Turkic and Mongolian nomads in Central Asia. A yurt is more home-like than a tent in shape and build, with thicker walls. The word yurt is originally from a Turkic word referring to the imprint left in the ground by a moved yurt – I think this is quite interesting because the yurts I have stayed in were definitely NOT meant for moving. They are very substantial structures – how are they portable?!

Where can I find a yurt?

There are lots of yurt and tipi farms all over the country, varying in price and quality. Here is a good directory of yurt farms everywhere:

Me and the boyf stayed in a yurt in Dorset. Called Mountain Cottage Yurts.

What is ..Dorset?

Dorset is a county in the “west country”, it has a coastline and is proper countryside. Boyf says south dorset is where the celebs live (such as Lenny Kravitz, Harry Redknapp and Liam Gallagher) and north dorset is where the “carrot crunchers” live. How quaint!

So what on earth do you do in a yurt? Has it got a telly?

Yurts don’t have electricity Martin! Go yurting and you’re in for a “back to nature” experience. We even had an eco-loo!

God I don’t even want to know what that involves.

Sawdust. A lot of sawdust. And cat litter.

Jesus Christ. So when you weren’t peeing into cat litter what did you do with your time?

Well me and the girlies did….

Played Top Trumps

Built a fire (well we made Hugo build it)

Made friends with "Craig"

and spooned....

And in Dorset we….

Went for a bike ride (available for rental at Mountain Cottage Yurts) in the forest that backed onto the farm - beautiful!

Played golf

Enjoyed the countryside

At the beach!

We also did alot of cooking for ourselves there as they gave us a portable stove and a BBQ.

Well it all looks very quaint but don’t think you’ll catch me doing it anytime soon.

I guess its not for everyone, but if camping is your thing then you will love glamping!

Love Katy and Martin

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