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Camping and going away

This was the last week at their primary school and time to say goodbye to many of their classmates and it has been a roller coaster of events since then. I had to miss knit night and Bombella’s first anniversary because of a child’s bug but then managed to make it to go camping with friends as the bug flew in and out quite quickly.

We camped for one night only in a beautiful location with another mum, two kids and their dog – it was their first ever camping experience whereas we are a hardened camping crew but they loved it.

watching the sun setting on top of the hill

watching the sun setting on top of the hill

The site itself is lovely although the owner (described elegantly in a review as charmingly eccentric) was decidedly obtuse. We had phoned up to book a pitch but she had been tricky on the phone questioning why had we not booked previously and gave us the impression that the site was full to capacity – as it was we were the only ones in that field for the whole time. I don’t think she like children, even well behaved and experienced campers like ours.

There were a few bizarre incidents with her but we didn’t let it mar our trip and pitched our tent, ate delicious food, walked the dogs, watched the sun go down, built a fire and stayed up until 1am with the children talking about things, drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows – yes it was that idealistic!

There were even sheep

sheep

sheep

It rained but that was all fine, we climbed the hill to see the White Horse of Uffington, some of us ran (not me).

running boy

running boy

Now we are back hone, packing to visit my parents – so far most of the packing seems to involve yarn, chocolate and a book about camping in the 70′s. I really do love camping and this just made me giggle and reminded me of my childhood camping trips. Those trips cause a divide in our family between those of us who remember them as heaven (my brother, my dad and me) to the others who have blocked them from their memory (my sister and mum). I think the jury is out but I loved them and know that my kids do too.

Before we leave though I will send out the Alfredo Pattern from my blog giveaway (it ends tonight!), but right now I am just off to wind up some beautiful new yarn from skeinqueen – I love the stories that come with this club but I am not going to post the words here just yet, just in case.

grim grotto

grim grotto

It is a big week for skeinqueen, she’s becoming a full time yarny and this coming Tuesday she is having a Grand Coronation with freebies to giveaway ~ go on, crack open the Cava and see you there.

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12 Responses to Camping and going away

  1. Pomona July 26, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    I wish I could have been there with you – it looks absolutely idyllic. I never went camping as a child and now I love it but rarely get the chance – too many of my friends seem to have been scarred for life by childhood camping, and I can never persuade anyone to come camping with me now! Next time you can always come and camp in our orchard, and I can come out and join you!

    Pomona x

  2. alabamawhirly July 26, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    hee hee, come and hang out with me – I love camping : )
    … and don’t encourage my visit to your orchard with your amazing outside seating area, I’ll be there before you know it

  3. skeinqueen July 26, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    That’s the campsite we went to last September when we didn’t realise our friend’s daughter was six months pregnant!! Me and her sat and knitted a lot while her little sister and all her friends ran riot around the site. We had a big bonfire and lots of marshmallows and cider. Then we all climbed the hill.

    Enjoy your big holiday and sip a cocktail on Tuesday so you can be with us in spirit for the Grand Coronation.

  4. Pomona July 26, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    You would be more than welcome! Tell me when you go on your next trip and Princess Bunchy and I will be there! And I do love the idea of being ‘charmingly eccentric’ – it’s something I have always aspired to.

    P x

  5. alabamawhirly July 26, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    I was thinking how would you not know you were six months pregnant then realised who you were talking about – it is the perfect campsite for running around and chilling apart from the lady, but maybe she was having an off day??

  6. alabamawhirly July 26, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    we will! I am going to photograph a new campsite in the Lakes in August too.. that’s how much I love camping!

  7. SallyF July 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    please will you be my mum? it looks ace being part of your family x

  8. alabamawhirly July 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    See, I really need you to come here and hang with us SallyF, just trying to entice you all the time…

  9. Zoe July 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    My only camping experiences involved being bullies by girl guides, trekking 4 miles to get fresh water from the next farm, only heating coming from wood fires and emptying toilets into a massive latrine, and havuing my bedding roll thrown down the hill, it splitting and being told to redo it as it had split (well dir!). I wish you had taken me, sounds much nicer!
    Enjoy your holidays! I shall miss your blog but look forward to your return!

  10. Kurly July 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Lovely blog post. We’ve camped there a few times, like it very much but reception has been a bit frosty at times. I encouraged my sister to try it last year (2nd time camping, plus hubby & small toddler) – they unwittingly camped in a wind tunnel at base of hills, tent was completely destroyed in the middle of the night (and not just their’s) so she’s a bit annoyed that owner didn’t give better pitch location advice. I love that area though, and absolutely love camping! Have a great holiday!!

  11. alabamawhirly July 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    bad times – you need to come with us and all will be good : )

  12. alabamawhirly July 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    so it’s not just me then with Mrs Frosty – that’s good news but also a bit sad as it is so lovely there…

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