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?