Return of the prodigal

Lois 1Huge welcome back to the office to the lovely Lois, beavering away in R&W once more after maternity leave following the birth of her second sproglet. Ruan joins big sister Livia and dad Gavin to bring the McPhillips family up to a traditional four.

Lois has already been back in the fray for nearly a month, working with Jim and Alison to recruit new staff, hold the fort on weekends, and answer your many and varied questions regarding the weird and wonderful world of camping.

Missed you, Lois!


Catch the pigeon

Linen Queen and office birdwatcher Imogen Lansley snapped this picture of a family of pigeons nesting in a tree in the head office back garden.


Pigeon happy families, cute.

Imo maintains that she dislikes pigeons, but Newsblog sees no justification for this kind of avian prejudice. What do you want in Dunfermline, albatrosses?

Romance on the decking

Plans for a romantic ceremony in an idyllic Mediterranean setting almost fell apart for Canvas customers Steve and Aimee when they were refused permission to hold a blessing for their marriage at Marseillan Plage.

The couple married in secret in New Zealand, but planned to surprise friends and family by revealing the good news and holding a service on the beach.

Seems the French are a bit stuffy about these things, though – first they struggled to find someone to officiate, and then at the last minute they found they couldn’t use the beach after all.

But Beach Garden’s couriers saved the day, setting up an impromtu venue on the decking of one of the site’s new Moda mobile homes.

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Romance is not dead after all

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Confetti for the happy couple

Expect next season’s courier training to include wedding planning and Elvis impersonation.

Happy holidaymakers

We don’t seem to have had many customer reviews this season, so it’s always nice to see a bit of informal feedback from guests on site.

Judging by the collection of thank-you notes on the board in reception at Ferme de la Serraz, Louise and Renato are managing to get it right for both Canvas and Tohapi customers, not always an easy feat.


Nice of you all to say so!

Nice job!

Brochure centrefold

Marketing have been cruising round various sites in the programme recently, shooting pictures for the new-look website. Here we have Brian at Château de Boisson, looking like the suave man about reception that he truly is.

Brian brochure


The family participating in the shoot had a whale of a time and went home with a full set of professional shots as a souvenir.

New team, new wheels

The new courier team at Chalain are bringing fresh ideas to the question of what constitutes suitable on-site transport. Can’t imagine why we didn’t think of issuing everyone with Disney themed scooters before.


Bikes are so last season, don’t you know.


Gas bottle change? To the rescue!!

Lots of Canvas experience on Chalain, with Lucy and Robbie switching sides from customer to courier, while Kirsty comes from a committed camping family – her parents were Canvas couriers back in the olden days when it was all about tents, hammocks and drinking red wine out of teapots (don’t ask).


Slightly Baywatch vibe going on there.