A-Camping we did go

We’ve been a-camping this weekend!  It was our first trip with the little Happies and I’m pleased to say that, on the whole, it went very well.

Wonderful weather for two days and heavy rain on the third, but hey-ho, that’s typical of a camping holiday in old Blighty, isn’t it?

In the days before the little folk came to live with us, the Hubby and I used to go a-camping in Ruby Camper Van – my dear old, Ruby !  But with two little folk we thought it best to have a tent – that way, beds would always be ready to sleep in and there’d be no need to mess about moving car-seats, luggage, making up beds in Ruby, etc.

I’ve long had a dream of owning a bell tent – inspired by dear Debs who acquired her own bell some years ago.   I’m so glad we made this choice!

I am in love … IN LOVE … with our new tent!   Aaaaaaaahhh ! It is such a thing of beauty and so spacious too.  Not forgetting that it’s also super-duper easy to put up / take down.  In my daydreams, I now spend all my days travelling in Ruby camper van and sleeping in the tent beneath clear skies and listening to bird song … the little folk don’t seem to feature in those daydreams, ha! ha!  😉

You noticed that I’d said “on the whole” the experience was good.  The little Happies, given their insecurities, were oh-so-very anxious on day one … in fact I don’t thing the young master Happy drew breath between questions on that day.  The first night, they missed at least 4 hours of their usual sleep time and that was at the start of the night.  Needless to say, the second day found them both tired, irritable and frequently tearful.  Add to this, their impulsive risky antics around the campsite, and you can imagine I was a bundle of nerves needing eyes at all points of the compass!

But we did have fun.  They loved playing with bubbles, exploring the campsite, playing pooh sticks, spotting the most enormous Winnebago campers, hiding under duvets, taking showers, eating ice-creams, finding insects, and all those things.

During the first day, I realised why so many families go on holiday with other families / friends … to have other children to explore with would have been wonderful.  So, maybe we’ll camp with friends one day.

For me the highlights were:

  • our beautiful tent (yes, I know I already said that, but it really is beautiful !)
  • being on the road with Ruby Camper Van
  • noticing how very fine and dandy a pairing is made by Ruby and her new canvas friend 🙂
  • blue sky, blue sky, blue sky …
  • bird song
  • lying in the tent, listening, whilst everyone else sleeps
  • having no household jobs to do
  • being outdoors around the clock

We’re I’m plotting and planning our future camping expeditions … to Cornwall in September and maybe to some friends’ fields and gardens too.

It’s a camping life for me 🙂

How was your weekend?  Were you al fresco?


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11 Responses to A-Camping we did go

  1. Diane says:


    It took me about 5 years to realise that holidays for mums are not quite “holidays”. They tend to involve more work than being at home – escpecially when you are camping or any kind of self catering. My first holiday after having my first was a right eye opener and I think I cried with exhaustion when I got back! You do get used to it though – it becomes the norm, and now that my 2 are growing up, holidays just aren’t the same. You have 2 gorgeous piecing of camping paraphenalia there!! xxxx

  2. Lorraine says:

    Oh I am so so green eyed with envy for Ruby and your tent! Not so those, early days with kiddos thought 😉 Unfortunately the idea of camping is abhorrent to my DH – such a shame, I’m sure we have missed out on so much because of this. I always used to camp as a child, teenager and young mother, and also took my older son to several Home Education Camps/Festivals which were great fun. Sadly the arrival of DS2 and his various issues put paid to that, but still I dream of one day going camping with my ‘blue or yellow VW campervan! One can dream…

    Glad the weekend, didn’t put you off and you have others planned.

  3. Debs says:

    WEeeeeeee! so exciting, I feel all goose bumpy at the pictures – you must have had a magical time, So what say next sunny weekend we meet at a small woodland just outside of Bath – a little livestock and plenty of entertainment for the little Happies and not another camper for miles (also a good fence marking VERY clear boundaries) and a real campfire, just let us know when you’re free – we can’t wait! 🙂 hugs dxxxxx

  4. Oh what camping loveliness you possess! Glad you saw some sunshine too and enjoyed your first family holiday under canvas.

  5. Lisa says:

    What a delightful combo for the eyes Ruby and the tent make! I’m so glad the weather was good for you. It was quite rubbish here. Just an hour or two on both days without rain. There were board games and bickering and in between a bit of bike riding. A lovely new experience for the little ones too, each new thing bringing adventures and also worries, but then hey that’s family life!
    Lisa x

  6. Poor Robin says:

    That tent has filled me with SQUEE, and no mistake! How glorious!

    Our two are slightly too young for the joys of outdoor sleeping just yet (the 4 year old would be fine, but I can’t even begin to imagine what little Miss 16 months would do!) but looking forward to the day we can have some al-fresco adventures!

  7. We never went camping when I was little and now I often wish we had! I’d love to go more now, but feel a little clueless as to what to pack, where to go, etc. I’ve camped at festivals but never in the poper Outdoors. Luckily neither my sister nor I turned out to be those annoying squeamish kids who are afriad of bugs/mud/nature/the outdoors but I know a couple of city kids who, even now as grown-ups, can’t stomach the thought of camping! I’m sure in the long run it will be worth this initial anxiety, particularly once you’ve established some camping traditions for the Little Happies to look forward to next time!

  8. that was lovely to learn… the many highs and a few little lows.. the light and shade of being outdoors! Even I think I could love sleeping in THAT tent (but not as much as you)… camping in anything other than sunshine, with an ensuite, sound proofing (from other campers) and a walk-to cafe …he he, all love Helen xx

  9. Julie says:

    Wow, that tent really is a thing of beauty! I can see why you love it so.

  10. Louise says:

    You can come and camp in our orchard at apple picking time if you would like to. Lx

  11. Pia K says:

    i am so not a camping person, but i absolutely adore your tent (and needless to say ruby of course:)!! looks grand and with that bed… sigh. and the garland:) i’m sure with time and love the little happies will be happy campers too.

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