24 October 2011

Heaven Farm & Sheffield Park

I love chickens.

...and cows.

and ducks!

So when we disappointingly pulled into 'Heaven Farm' in West Sussex, and found that only one field was open this time of the year {as the cows had taken over} I didn't mind too much because this campsite has squillions of creatures running about.
Check out this pair of ducks catching 40 winks under someones caravan.

It was a lovely spot though {but we could hear the cars on the nearby road, bit of a shame}, its a beautiful old red brick farm complete with pig sty, oast house and all. The owners even have budgies and Love birds {i think that what they are?} they were the cutest things I have ever seen.

great views over the rolling Sussex countryside, dramatic as always.

Before we set up camp we did pop into Lewes {the town, not our camper!} and browsed a few junk shops there. We found some nice enamel bowls, two the same, which is handy as they slot into each other thus saving space. Also some very nice tea towels {I have an obsession with tea towels, I will be know as 'that old lady that has a million tea towels' one day}.

and a cushion...

Nobody bought this German jug from Bucket Tree, so I decided to keep it myself. Perfect for transporting coriander.

and a Japanese Tatami mat for our tea cups.

a selection of condiments {'wild' camping this is not}

as the sun began to set I got on with my first ever campervan cooking experience.
It was actually good fun for some reason. Nao took soom lovely photos that evening.

a bit of pasta {I am no culinary expert you see}
Logs were too big for our stove, doh!

Next day we went to Sheffield Park, not in Sheffield, just 5 mins from campsite actually.

we were told on arrival that the Autumn colours were not that good this year, but I beg to differ!

It was 18 degrees with blue sky, we lazed by the lake under a maple tree, and I made a wicker summer house for a small invertebrate out of pine needles...

...and Nao made a canoe out of a bamboo leaf.
If you ever feel the need for some tree hungin' then this is the place to go.
{its National Trust by the way}

I don't think Nao has taken that scarf off since I made it! {he did wash it once}

there is also a little old garden nursery next to the park which has its own vineyard.

I am crossing fingers that we get more of this mild weather, before the cold shudder of winter sets in.
By the way, when we go to these National Trust places, I'm always amazed that it seems to be about 99% old people visiting. Come on you youngens, get out there!


  1. oh this just made my day, such lovely pictures and beautiful autumnal colours. I love the little bug teepee you made, how adorable!

  2. What a wonderful post, I love Lewes (both the town and your camper!). And what wonderful photos of the Autumnal colours.
    The National Trust places you visit look amazing, I just need a job to be able to afford the membership! One day!

    Loving the blog. xx


  3. Great photos Artemis - really lovely.

  4. Going to a National Trust place is one of my favourite all time things to do - mind you I am 50 next year & with my (prematurely) grey hair you may well regard me as one of the 'old' people! Love van Lewes by the way - he is a very handsome chap, but you won't abandon your beautiful bell tent will you? Beautiful pics as always - I love your camping adventures x

  5. Oh I'd really love to come and see this nice place !! and all those autumn colors ... wonderful !!

    The little birds you called "love birds", are in french des "Mandarins" wich is (I think) in english "Diamond mandarin birds" ... I have a couple of them, they are so lovely ... one year ago they do 8 babies !! it was so amazing !!

    Have a nice week ^_^

  6. your photos are just beautiful - you have such a talent xx

  7. Just the most beautiful atmospheric photos. I am looking out of my window at heavy rain and gale force winds and for just a short while your photos transported me away. M x

  8. We are in our late 30's with two little girls and love Nymans, Sheffield Park and Wakehurst, so glad to see your photos of these fab sussex locations, we moved down here from London/Herts four years ago. If you are ever in Ditchlng, visit the white horse or the general x

  9. We had our first hot day here in Sydney yesterday, and it certainly made me dream of a road trip to the country :-) Love these photos and Lewis is looking fabulous! PS. One can never have too many tea towels ;-)

  10. Stunning photos, really enjoyed this post. x

  11. Ooh the birds in the pic on the right--the little gray ones with the orange beaks--are called Zebra finches as the males have a little zebra ruff on their breasts. They're adorable! And you take lovely pictures; makes me jealous for that kind of scenery here in Chicago!

  12. it's beautiful, the colours are amazing. my favourite time of year. and i LOVE the little condiment basket :-)

  13. When we visited the UK (a few years ago now..sigh) we bought a National Trust membership for the month we were there. It was indeed a highlight of our trip. We managed to see 5 places and all of them so different and interesting. My favourite was Lanyhadrock House. My son who was only 10 LOVED it too. I agree National Trust is DEFINITELY for young and old alike. :-) Also your van looks soooo cosy! (I'm still a wierd shade of green)

  14. Helena25.10.11

    All your photos are pure beauty to the eyes.

  15. Oh I just love your pictures, such such creative people. Your blog is my sanctuary after a hectic day!

  16. I love your photos, your such creative people! Your blog is my sanctuary after a bad day!

  17. Such stylish photos, beautiful blog entry!

  18. this might be a bit of a strange question, but where did you get those purple trousers you are wearing whilst cooking?
    these photos are beautiful! i am so envious of your lovely little Lewes.

  19. my family used to have a vw camper van and i just hated it! but you make it look so civilized.

    yes, and why not, a national trust house? i know about being in that younger minority. it is survivable!

  20. I need to start making a list of all these pretty places to visit when I'm next in the UK.

  21. Wonderful, beautiful photos as always!
    When my sis and I lived in Edinburgh (I'm back there now, but without her- boo), we bought Historic Scotland passes. For six months we went thither and yon and saw few people (of any age). Maybe the weather here is a bit more of a deterrent ;)

  22. so jealous of your lil' camper van! ever since i was a little girl i've wanted one

    love your blog :)

    emma x

  23. Really lovely pictures :-)
    Amazing work on the camper van, looks great xx

  24. In total agreement. I visit a lot of National Trust places and always feel like I'm the only person there under 40! Lovely images and great makeover of the camper.

  25. There's nothing wrong with a tea towel obsession Artemis - I have gazillions... they're really easy to make into simple envelope cushion covers too when you find a nice one (though of course I usually don't get round to that!)

  26. Looks more then delightful! Lewes is paying for itself in memories alone! Im off to Rye and Hastings later this weeks (on the train) and tips offs would be great!

  27. I just discovered your blog and I'm in love...!