Who doesn’t love a sangria on a warm Summer’s evening? The fruity, easy to drink cocktail is a real hit all over the world but originates from Spain. However, here at Dimpsey we like to have our own spin on things so we have created, just for you, our Dimpsey Sangrietta Cocktail. A nod to the traditional sangria but with a light fresh taste. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 litre of lemonade (the fizzy kind!)
  • 1/2 bottle of sparkling white wine
  • 175ml rum
  • 150g raspberries
  • 1 orange (sliced with peel left on)
  • 1 green apple (sliced with peel left on)
  • 1/2 lemon (sliced with peel left on)
  • 1/2 lime (sliced with peel left on)
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger OR cut into chunks and peel – add as a taste (grated) or to nibble on whilst drinking (chunks)
  • A few fresh mint leaves (ripped by hand)

METHOD

  1. Add everything to a large bowl or pitcher and stir to mix for at least a minute
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is even better)
  3. Serve in chilled, or even better, frozen glasses!
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We have been enjoying the Summer weather here at Dimpsey Glamping, and the sun doesn’t appear to be disappearing anytime soon! With the weather still warm, and with those Summer Holidays creeping up, we have put together The Dimpsey Guide To Local Somerset Summer Festivals so when you are travelling around the Chard area, you’ll be able to find the best activities for you and your family!

The Half Moon Inn Beer Festival – 22nd July (4pm-11pm)

This festival is great for the adults! With live music, food and of course good beer, it will definitely be a fun day out! Free to attend, but food and drinks will be on sale.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beer-festival-tickets-35963970203?aff=es2

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The Chard Summer Festival – 22nd July (9am-10pm) & 23rd July (12pm-5pm)

Being a two day event, this festival is packed with things to enjoy and is suitable for the entire family. There will be music, free entry to museums, a dog show and archery, meaning that there is something for everyone to get involved with!

http://www.chard.gov.uk/news/chard-summer-festival/

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Taunton Flower Show – 4th & 5th August (10:30am-6pm)

If spending a day with nature is more your thing, then what about the Taunton Flower Show? You can enjoy walking around the designer gardens or even take part in some of their competitions! £14 each for Friday Admission, £12 each for Saturday Admission.

https://tauntonfs.co.uk

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Music by the Lakes at Thorney Lakes – 12th August

Wanting to simply sit back and relax? Then pack your picnic, grab the best view and indulge in the music by the lakes at Thorney Lakes. Charity Event £8.50.

http://thorneylakes.co.uk/events/

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Enjoy!

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The warm and bright Summer days are here. Hazy sunny mornings and long warm evenings mean we can enjoy eating and entertaining outside for longer.  We all love desserts but in this hot weather they need to be light and fresh.  This is why I love Panna Cotta. It has the creaminess and luxuriousness of a comforting dessert but it is light in texture. Topped with strawberries – how can you go wrong? 😉

strawberry and champagne panna cotta

Ingredients

  • 3 gelatine leaves
  • 450ml double cream
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 150g white caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 400g strawberries
  • 100ml of champagne or sparkling white wine
  • handful of blueberries
  • springs of fresh mint

Method

  1. Add the gelatine leaves into a bowl of cold water to soften, this will take about 5 minutes or so, so whilst this is softening, let’s make the panna cotta.
  2. Pour the cream, milk and 100g of white caster sugar into a pan, split the vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds with the back of a knife or a teaspoon and add the seeds and also the now empty pod to the cream, milk and sugar.
  3. Heat gently until hot, but do not let it boil. Remove the gelatine leaves from the water, gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid then add the leaves one at a time to the hot cream. Stir until dissolved. Leave to stand for 20-30 minutes until cooled by which time the vanilla pods should be suspended in the liquid. Strain the mixture through a sieve into 4-6 serving glasses (depending on how much you want in each glass!), then chill for four hours (if the weather is very warm, you may need to chill for 5 hours).
  4. Add the strawberries, the last 50g of white caster sugar and the champagne to a pan and gentle simmer (do not boil!) until strawberries start to break down and sugar dissolves. With the back of a wooden spoon gently mash the strawberries. Once strawberries are slightly mashed and warmed through, leave to cool and then chill until ready to serve.
  5. Just before serving, add a generous topping of the chilled strawberry mix to each panna cotta, sprinkle on a few blueberries for an extra burst of freshness and decorate with a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy!
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Dimpsey Glamping loves pretty things, we’re honest about that! We’re inspired by nature too, and that’s why we’ve got a sprinkling of pretty porcelain in the hut made by the very talented KT Ceramics. Katie’s work is inspired by the natural world, in particular the coastline with its breaking waves and eroding rocks, but equally the British countryside – leaves, flowers as well as organic patterns and surfaces. So, naturally it fits perfectly with the ethos of Dimpsey.

Here’s more about Katie aka @ceramicmagpie

1. Where are you located?
I’m located in a small light-filled garden studio, adjacent to my house in the suburbs of Kings Heath, Birmingham.

2. How long have you been up and running?
My business is KT Robbins Ceramics, and @ceramicmagpie was originally my Pinterest and then more recently my Instagram handle. I took part in my first exhibition in June 2014 and have had my studio for around two years now.

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3. Who or what are your inspirations?
These are diverse! In terms of a colour palette I look to the coast – for blues, sea-greens, greys and the pretty pinks of shells; these colours are also used by the artist Georgia O Keefe and I just love her soft, feminine large-scale works. The coast and its fauna also provide direct inspiration in terms of sea-creatures, and sea-urchins with their prettily patterned bodies, and my love of piercing the clay.

4. What have been your favourite projects/pieces?
Driven by my love of botanicals, as well as vases I really enjoy making hanging planters as a more unusual and sculptural way to show off the beauty of the house plant. So not only do I make the pot, but I also make a detailed macramé hanger sometimes incorporating porcelain, copper or wooden beads.

5. Where can people find your pieces?
You’ll find me hanging around all over the globe as my pieces often head out to America for some crazy reason. But to buy I have an etsy and a folksy shop, and I’ll be taking part in exhibitions and an open studio later in the year (check the website for most recent details).

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6. What are your favourite home/design magazines?
I really love 91 Magazine as they always feature airy homes which tend to be have a strong botanical base. I also enjoy this magazine as they have a regular maker slot and they came and did a studio tour last year.

7. Describe your products…
My products blend into different environments, ranging from the contemporary to vintage.

8. Do you design bespoke products?
I’ve been asked to design a range of apothecary bowls for luxury skin products so that’s an exciting commission. I also have plans for exclusive ranges with on-line shops.

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9. Anything else you would like to add?
My studio always gets lots of attention as I did a number of artist exchanges when I was establishing myself as an artist. I also love to support other makers and I run a tag called #wipsandblooms where I encourage artists and artisans to show their behind the scenes work in progress images. I’m also a founding member of #leaf_ladies a group of makers from around the world who share a common love of plants.

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You can visit Kate’s website here: http://www.ktrobbinsceramics.com

Thanks Kate for a wonderful interview!

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Phew! It’s hot and it’s about to get hotter this weekend with a mini heatwave hitting the UK.  However, we know just the way to cool down by making these very tasty (and adult only) mojito ice lollies. They are easy to make and are a great way to relax during a summer evening outside the Dimpsey Glamping Shepherd’s Hut after you have cooked your meal in the outdoor kitchen!  If you want to make these for children you can simply leave out the rum, but for a delicious fun grown up treat, leave the rum in ;). These would be also perfect for a summer’s afternoon picnic or even a garden party!

mojitoicelollies - Recipe: Mojito Ice Lollies! An ice lolly for the grown ups.

Ingredients

  • Juice of 9 limes
  • 300ml water
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves- slightly crushed
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 tbsp white rum

Method

  1. Pour the lime juice and water into a jug and leave for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the mint, sugar and rum.
  3. Blend all of the ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Pour into a lolly mold and leave to freeze for approx 6-8 hours.
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We are so excited today to reveal that we have made it through to the finals of the Somerset Muddy Awards for best Glamping category, hosted by Muddy Stilettos (Somerset). We cannot thank all of you enough for nominating us and now we ask for you help just once more. Please vote for DIMPSEY GLAMPING in the GLAMPING category, we would be so grateful. Dimpsey Glamping is not only our work but also our life. We love what we do and do it with care and passion for Dimpsey. Thank you once again.

Vote for your favourite business in the Somerset in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017

Best Glamping – Please vote for us

We’re in the finals of the Somerset Muddy Awards for best Glamping and it’s all thanks to you!

Please take a minute to vote for us in the finals by clicking the Muddy Awards logo above or by clicking the link HERE if the logo is not showing.

Thank you so much for your support

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Photo credit: Ben Carpenter Photography

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Happy National Somerset Day everyone! We are thankful here at Dimpsey Glamping to be situated in the beautiful county of Somerset but there is a lot more to Somerset than Cider and Cheddar Cheese 😉 Here are our top 10 facts about Somerset which some of you may not know. Enjoy!

1. With an area of 4,171 sq km and a population of about 508,000, Somerset is England’s seventh-biggest county by area but only the 22nd-biggest by population.

2. Somerset has 11,500 listed buildings, 523 ancient monuments, 192 conservation areas, 41 parks and gardens, 36 English Heritage sites, and 19 National Trust sites.

3. Designed by artist Serena de la Hey, the Willow Man near Bridgwater in Somerset, also known as the ‘Angel of the South’ is over 40 feet tall and made from willow branches woven on to a steel frame.

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4. The oldest human skeleton in it’s complete form was found in Cheddar Caves, based in the Mendip Hills. The skeleton is estimated to be over 9,000 years old.

5. According to weather archives, it snows in Somerset more than anywhere else in England.

6. Wells in Somerset, is England’s smallest city.

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7. Skittles, a game of pins which are to be knocked down by a ball, originated in Somerset. This then became the more popular, ten pin bowling which is known all over the world.

8. Somerset has a lot of celebrity names under it’s belt. Mary Berry, John Cleese, Charlie McDonnell, Jenson Button, Maisie Williams, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Bill Bailey, James Purefoy, Sir Peter Blake, Don McCullin, Russell Howard, Richard J. Roberts and the entire band of Portishead were all born in Somerset.

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9. The Ancient Welsh, Celts and Saxons called Somerset ‘The Land Of The Summer’. They called it this because they could only ‘live off the land’ in this area during the Summer because the area flooded in the Winter.

10. Taunton in Somerset was the first town in England to be permantly lit by electric street lighting in 1881.

How many facts did you already know? Have a wonderful National Somerset Day!

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A ‘Sunshine Cocktail’ is probably one of the most used recipes in cocktail books, however, each recipe is slightly different and I’ve yet to see two the same! So we decided to create our very own version perfect for these warm sunny afternoons, relaxing to the sounds of nature or reading a book here at Dimpsey Glamping. So I am excited to share our recipe for the ‘Dimpsey Sunshine Cocktail’, it’s quite potent but very summery 😉

sunshine cocktail

 

Ingredients

  • 1 shot (25ml) of white rum
  • 1/2 shot (12.5ml) of vermouth
  • 1/2 shot (12.5ml) of gin
  • 200ml pineapple juice
  • 50ml orange juice
  • A dash of grenadine
  • A slice of orange
  • Cocktail cherry
  • Ice
  • And a large tumbler cocktail shaker and glass

Method

  1. Add everything to a cocktail shaker apart from the orange slice and the cherry.
  2. Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Add the orange slice and cherry as a garnish.
  4. Serve straight away and enjoy!
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After all that Winter brings: the snow, the sparkly lights, the festivities, the dark evenings and of course warming up around the cosy fire – Spring is here!

We have some new Spring additions at Dimpsey Glamping. We have welcomed some new members to our farm, our gorgeous laying hens, who will be providing delicious eggs for everyone. They are real characters too!

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And we are very pleased to announce… the build of our brand new outdoor kitchen! We are extremely excited about this as it will give a whole new meaning to eating al fresco! New slabs are down and the joinery is already going up. Huge thanks to Blackdown Shepherd Huts for their stunning carpentry as always. Dimpsey Glamping guests will be able  to cook and eat outside in our fully working outdoor kitchen, perfect for summer relaxing and romantic evenings under the stars.

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kitchen

Spring brings it’s own beautiful natural bounties. The daffodils and crocuses are popping up in bloom and we have already had a few ‘blue sky warm sun’ days. It’s amazing how that warm sun but very slightly chilly breeze feeling on your face can give you a real lift in the mornings! Spring has sprung and the Dimpsey Glamping hut looks beautiful as it shines in the Springtime sun.

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More updates to come as the outdoor kitchen is finished and we look forward to seeing you soon here at Dimspey Glamping.

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Sometimes there are things in life which are worth sharing, and the Dimpsey hut is always delighted to share more details about something we love. And because we rate a great night’s sleep as pretty much one of the most important things in life, this is where we tell you all about our amazing mattress in Dimpsey! NaturalMat makes that cosy night’s sleep practically perfect in every way. They are a local company, and are very passionate about what they do. So here’s a little bit more about them.

Where are you located?

Topsham, Devon and Chiswick London
https://www.naturalmat.co.uk/find-us/

How long has NaturalMat been running and where do you source from?

We’ve been running since 2000. We source local materials wherever possible therefore reducing the carbon footprint and supporting regional business. Our customers are as likely to live in the city as they are in rural communities, and when people buy from us they are a genuine advocate of Naturalmat.

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What are your favourite home/design magazines?

Elle Deco, 25 Beautiful Homes, English Home, EKBB, House & Garden, The World of Interiors.

Do you design bespoke products?

Every product is made by hand in Devon by skilled and passionate artisans. We believe that people, not machines, make a superior, long-lasting product. Our team of craftspeople ensure every stitch, every fibre, every tufting button and every cover is painstakingly created, teased and checked. When a mattress leaves our factory, we are confident it will deliver years of comfortable, healthy and relaxing sleep.

Added extra….

Bound up in every Naturalmat mattress is a simple promise, to give you a sublime night’s sleep on top of nature’s nest ingredients. So all our materials are 100% natural and from sustainable, Fair Trade sources. Where possible, we buy local, particularly our wool, which comes from the sheep grazing in elds just yards from our Devon factory. We hand-tease these natural fibres to ensure the ultimate in comfort and support, before crafting each mattress and topper by hand. A Naturalmat mattress takes five times as long to create as a machine-made mattress, but once you’ve experienced the supreme comfort they provide, we think you’ll agree that it’s time well spent.

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