Camping is one of those love or hate things (I love it). However, until last September I had not been camping for ten years. Somehow I convinced Mr D that we should camp in my ancient little tent for a couple of nights with mixed results. Fizz decided that my pillow was better than her bed, the tent leaked and we were very, very squashed. However, we did enjoy our first camping trip! This led me to source and purchase a six man tent off Ebay last winter.
Our first camping trip of 2014 was in August, and a repeat visit to the campsite we went to last year. Having a bigger tent with a 'lounge' and bedrooms made all the difference to the weekend as did having electric! We had chairs and a table and I could spend serious time on my crochet blanket right up until bedtime!
Our second camping trip was a few weeks ago. This time we went somewhere different and camped at Woodhall Spa. We arrived at lunchtime, pitched the tent and had everything unpacked in time for fish and chips at the local chippy! We spent the afternoon chilling, with Mr D and Fizz falling asleep while I worked on my crochet blanket again (crochet and camping are a perfect combination). Later on we explored the town where Fizz found herself a nice drinking spot at a charity shop!
|Camping tea with Mr D|
We tend not to eat out when we camp preferring to keep things as cheap as possible. We have a single gas ring to cook on which means you have to be a bit creative with meals! Friday night tea was couscous, lamb chops and green beans from my parents garden. Very tasty if I do say so!
On the Saturday there was a parade marking the 70th anniversary since troops left the town to fight at Arnham in 1944. Poor Fizz was not impressed with the RAF band and their bagpipes and gave them a growl as they went past. Afterwards we had coffee and cake in a dog friendly tea rooms! There seemed to be several places which allowed dogs which was nice to see and gives us lots options for future camping trips.
As we were beginning to pack everything away on the Sunday morning we heard a massive rumble. Straight overhead flew the only two flight worthy Lancaster Bombers in the world! It was a fantastic site and the sound was incredible. Luckily they made a return pass and I was able to take some photos! Everybody on the campsite was buzzing after that!
So camping this year has been a great sucess - it's been very a very chilled out affair with wine and nibbles and I've really enjoyed working on my crochet blanket. Roll on next year!
Are you a fan of camping or do you prefer a good hotel?