It’s been another busy month here at Higher Trewithen. We had a slow start to the month with bookings but it did pick up pace with some help from our Facebook page and the wonderful staff from the Visit Truro Tourist Information Centre. We have been busy making changes to some of the cottages by sourcing new odds and ends. We found many of the knives were quite blunt so each cottage was bought a new knife block set with scissors and potato peelers. The Hayloft was also in need of some new cushions and some mattresses and other bedding needed replacing. Our new Wi-Fi has also been installed so now all guests at Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages can access free Wi-Fi. As we are a rural property it is slow in comparison to more urban properties.

As part of our ongoing outdoor work we started clearing some of the flower beds that had become over run with ferns. After clearing the ferns we started planting our pollinator friendly plants and bulbs. In addition, we opened our Wild Bird Cafe in the front and back garden areas and had our first sighting of a badger; he was just sitting in the road licking up rain water.

cornish cottages - higher trewithen september 2016
cornish cottages - higher trewithen september 2016

Work continues in the fields with operation bramble removal. The brambles are so overgrown that there is very little fruit. We had started chopping it back but doing it by hand is torture! We’re going to have to think of another way to get rid of them. A few trees needed removing from the front of The Farmhouse and our fields. It’s always a shame to remove a tree but some of them were rotten and potentially dangerous so had to go. One tree had to be removed from the front of the house as it was so close that it blocked lots of natural light and made everywhere quite damp.

We had a serious scare with one of our chickens too. Poor Doris was attacked by something! We’re not sure what it was: a dog or a bird of prey has been suggested. She was stripped of her feathers from her tummy and her back. In addition she had a few scrapes, scratches and a bit of a deep cut that needed a few stitches. Our local vet was great and patched her up for us. She’s now convalescing in the house while she heals; just for a few days to let the stitches settle and so the other chickens don’t peck at her.

cornish cottages - higher trewithen september 2016

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The most exciting thing to happen this month was the creation of our new logo. A wonderful design was created by Sarah Medlin, of Medlin Design, a local small business based in St Austell. We’re over the moon with the result and can’t wait to see it on our new logo on all of our office stationery and the new website which we’ve also been working on this month.

September is also Hannah’s birthday so we had a lovely birthday lunch at The Seven Stars Inn, our local pub in Stithians. They do amazing food every day of the week and we highly recommend that you book a table when you stay; it can get very busy.  After our lovely lunch we needed to take a walk (they do big portions at The Seven Stars Inn and the food is so nice you just can’t stop eating). We decided to visit Kynance Cove with the dogs. As we had made some room, we met up with some of our family and drove over to Roskilly’s Farm to sample their amazing ice cream (well it’d be rude not to)!

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