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