Monday, 7 August 2017

Hi Glampers !

I would like to
 introduce Jamie Strand who is our guest Blogger today who has written a great piece for us on Dog Safety when out in the woods or camping with your fury friend. We are dog friendly here at Camp Katur so we think this article is full of great advice ! 




Dangers That Lurk in the Woods and What You Can Do to Protect Your Dog

Every spring, summer, and fall (and maybe even winter for the adventurous), outdoorsy people head to their local forests to camp. Many of these people bring their dogs. Camping with a canine companion can be a lot of fun - for you and for your dog. But there are dangers to dogs that lurk in the woods. Here are some of them, and what you can do you protect your best friend.

Lakes, rivers, and streams

Though most dogs are naturally pretty good swimmers, this doesn’t hold true for every single dog. And like humans, dogs can tire out in water and have a hard time getting back to shore if they swim too far out. Dogs can also get caught in currents, taking them to places where it’s hard for them to climb out (steep banks). If you’re camping near water, it’s best to keep your dog on a leash or a stake chain when you’re not interacting with them. A dog can wander off and get into water and drown just like a child can. If you encounter the worst case scenario, here’s a good guide for saving a drowning dog.

Ticks

Tick bites cause a wide range of illnesses in humans, and the same goes for dogs. Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesosis, Bartonellosis, and Hepatozoonosis are just some of the tick-borne diseases than can affect your dog, according to the American Kennel Club. Preventing tick bites is a two-step strategy. First, you must make sure that your dog is protected by flea & tick medication before you venture out into the woods. Next, you should comb through your dog’s coat and check for ticks as often as you check yourself. Don’t forget to check inside the ears.

Other animals

Obvious fact: the woods are full of animals. Another obvious fact: dogs are inherently curious of other animals. You should always carry bear mace to protect against large predators like bears, coyotes, mountain lions, and wolves (depending on where you camp). It’s much more likely, however, that the wild animals giving your dog trouble will be more common animals like raccoons. What should you do if a raccoon is harassing your dog?


“You have two choices—come at them like a predator with an object like a bat, or wait for them to simply go away,” advises dog behavioral specialist Beverly Ulbrich.Dangers That Lurk in the Woods and What You Can Do to Protect Your Dog

Keeping your dog restrained is the best way to keep them out of trouble. If an animal like a raccoon, skunk, or porcupine is coming near your campsite, make noise and use sticks and rocks to scare them away. Put your dog inside your tent until the threat moves on.

The sun

Heat stroke can occur in dogs just as easily - if not easier - than it occurs in humans. Dogs don’t sweat, so their cooling mechanisms aren’t as effective as ours. The two best ways to battle heat stroke are shade and water. Never leave your campsite (to go on a hike, for instance) without enough water for you and your dog. Camp near shade.

Dogs can also suffer sunburns, so giving them a light coating of sunblock spray can help during prolonged periods of sun exposure.

Don’t let the dangers of the woods dissuade you from going camping with your dog. It’s great for your dog, and most of the time it’s incredibly safe. Like with any camping trip, however, it’s best to be over-prepared for anything that might come your way - even scenarios that may seem unlikely.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Hi Glampers !

With the long summer nights here and the school holidays just around the corner I thought I would share with you some of my favourite family camp fire recipes. It is amazing what you can actually cook round a camp fire, there is so much more to be enjoyed than sausages and beans ! 

Campfire Potato Cakes 

This is a really simple recipe that is great fun to do with the kids. These would be yummy for breakfast or to serve along side a bubbling hot pot or slow cooked stew. 

All you will need is

Potatoes 
Plain Flower
1 egg 
Oil
Water
Optional seasoning

First of all you need to chop and boil the potatoes. This can be done over a gas camping hob, or hanging your boiling pot over your campfire. Once the potatoes are boiled you need to mash them and let them cool. Once cool make a well in the potato mix and add an egg plus any seasoning you wish, sprinkle over some flower and then mix everything together. Shape the mixture into burger shapes. Now you need to fry the potatoes over your campfire. These are very tasty! You could also add cheese or onions too if you wish.



Frying Pan Pizza Pie 

This is another easy idea that is great for a tasty lunch time treat. 

You will need

290g pack of pizza dough mix
Flour for dusting
1 tbsp Pesto
125g ball of mozzarella, thinly sliced
6 chopped sun dried tomatoes 

First of all you will need to make up the pizza dough mix by following the instructions on the packet, leave it in a bowl covered with a tea towel and leave somewhere warm for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. Once this has happened then you need to divide the mixture in half and press out each piece until it is approx 20 cm round. Take one of the rounds and spread with the pesto leaving a 2cm gap around the edge, then top with the sliced mozzarella and tomatoes. Cover with the other piece of dough and then press the edges with your fingers to create a seal. Heat your frying pan over your campfire with a little oil and put in the pizza pie and cook for about 10 minutes. Use a side plate to take it out of the pan and then slide back into the pan the other side down and cook for a further 10 minutes until well browned. It will be very hot when first served so leave it for 5 minutes before slicing and serving up your lunch. 



Caramel Hot Chocolate with Strawberries and Marshmallows 

A delicious sweet treat before bed to keep you warm, kids will love this one. 

You will need 

750g whole milk
1/2 397g tin of Nestle Carnation Caramel 
1 tbsp malted milk powder
Bag of marshmallows
Packet of strawberries 


This is very simple. In a saucepan, over your camp fire heat the milk with the caramel, whisk until smooth and heat until it is steaming. Divide the malted milk powder into 4 mugs and pour the hot caramel milk on top, stirring so you don't get any lumps.  Serve and dip in strawberries and marshmallows. This is truly yummy and great for those of you with a sweet tooth! 



Omelette in a Bag

Another easy recipe, with this one it helps to have all the ingredients cut and prepped before you go camping and stored in small Tupperware containers, this make it a lot easier and quicker when it comes to making these. 

You will need 

2 eggs
1 tbsp water
Grated cheese
Ham chopped
Tomatoes chopped
Peppers chopped
Any other toppings you would like in your omelette 
A large freezer bag

Bring a pot of water to the boil over your campfire. In the meantime crack your two eggs into your freezer bag and add the water. Shake, smash, squish the bag to get those eggs really beaten up. Add the remaining ingredients you have chosen to include then squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can and then seal tightly.  Shake the ingredients round a bit to get an even mix. Place the bag in the boiling water and cook for about 13 minutes until the eggs are set and no longer runny. Carefully remove the bag from the water and when you open the bag the omelette should easily side onto the plate. Serve with a side salad and enjoy. 




Salsa Verde Baked Salmon 

Salmon is one of my favourite things to eat, it is so tasty. This quick and easy camping dinner is packed full of flavour. You will need to pre make the salsa verde at home and then bring it stored in a small Tupperware container. 

You will need- to serve 4

4 skinless salmon fillets
10 cloves of crushed garlic
1 tsp of chili flakes
Olive oil
1 packet of fresh trimmed green beans
Chopped tomatoes
Juice from  1 lemon
Chopped Parsley 
Salt and pepper to taste 

You can make the salsa verde the night before your camping trip at home. Blend the parsley, garlic, chili and olive oil in a food processor until mixed but still a little bit chunky. Boil the green beans for about 3 minutes at home also. Cut 4 pieces of tin foil into 14 inch lengths and lay the salmon fillets in the center of each. Top each with a quarter of the green beans and then top with the salsa verde mix. Cover this with the chopped tomatoes and season to taste. Wrap the salmon parcels up and store in a container and take away with you. When camping place the salmon parcels on a grid over your campfire and cook for approximately 20  minutes and enjoy. This dish would go lovely with the potato cakes mentioned above. 


I hope these simple recipes have given you some tasty ideas for your summer camping trip this year.
If you have any favourite recipes you would like to share with us please send us them. 

Happy Glamping !

Girl in the Cupboard  xx 


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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Local Easter Activities 

Hello Glampers ! 
I hope you are all looking forward to Easter and this long weekend ahead. 
If you are looking for somewhere to take the children this weekend I have a few local suggestions below that could help.

Thorpe Perrow 
From 1st -16th April you can follow the Easter themed trail through the Arboretum and on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April you can join in the free Easter Craft Activities anytime from 11am till 4pm. ( standard admission applies) For more information you can check out their website http://www.thorpperrow.com/diary.html



Fountains Abbey 
From 1st -23rd April you can join in the Cadbury Egg Hunt from 11am till 4pm. Explore every corner of the ruins and water garden to find the eggs and get a yummy chocolaty prize. £2.00 per trail plus standard admission prices. For more information you can check out their website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden/features/easter-at-fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal


Newby Hall and Gardens 
On 16th and 17th April you can take part in their Easter Family Fun Days where there are lots of activities for the whole family, meet the Easter Bunny and his friends and solve clues through the woodland walk. More more information can be found here http://www.newbyhall.com/events/easter-family-fun-days/ . 

Stockeld Park 
Open now until 24th April for their Easter Adventure. Join in the giant egg hunt by finding their hidden golden eggs around the park. There are also giant character eggs to meet along the way!. 


Camp Katur 
If you are one of the many Easter Glampers we have staying with us this weekend we have an Easter Egg Hunt around the Estate for you to enjoy. Find the hidden eggs to spell out an Easter Word and you collect a prize ! 



Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope its a good one and have a very Happy Easter !

Girl in the Cupboard  xx 



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Camp Katur Voted One of the Best Camp Sites by Staveley Head !

We are pleased to announce that Camp Katur has been voted one of the best camping sites in Yorkshire and Humber for its attractions and amenities. 

We do have lots on offer here on the Camp Hill Estate. You can choose from a variety of activities during your stay with us including Quad Bike Tours, Seway Tours, Football Golf, Aerial Extreme Tree Top Adventure and not forgetting the Woodland Kingdom Adventure Park.

We always recommend booking activities in advance to avoid disappointment, you can get more information about activities and make bookings here, http://www.camphill.co.uk/ 






We are now featured on Staveley Head's UK Campsite Finder Map

You can view their Campsite Finder Map Here,  http://www.staveleyhead.co.uk/utilities/tools/camp-site-finder

If you fancy booking a glamping stay with us you can find all our information on our website http://www.campkatur.com/


Girl In the Cupboard xxx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Camp Katur makes Trivago's Bucket List Hotels Blog!

We are so happy to have been featured on Trivago's 50 Bucket List Hotels Blog. We have been hand picked from a world wide search by Trivago to find the top 50 bucket list hotels which offer a once in a lifetime chance to experience something out of the ordinary. 







If you fancy ticking something off your bucket list and booking a stay with us in one of our unique accommodations then you can check out our website here http://www.campkatur.com/

Many thanks
Girl in the Cupboard xx