Showing posts from October, 2014

Sleeping, beds and tents

One of the things people worry about when camping, especially for the first time, is sleeping. The beds and the comfort are high on people's priority list. When you are a kid you'll sleep anywhere, like a cat. Gravel, grass, sand, the floor of the lounge, you get tired, you sleep and wake fairly refreshed (or get carried to bed by a caring parent and wake all warm and snuggled) but as an adult you are more likely to ache.

I'm 48 and I have a neurological condition that makes me feel pain differently. I can't tell you which sleeping method will work best for you but I can tell you what I've tried and how I found it. DD is 14 and she has tested the options too.

First off there is the bulkiness and weight to consider. When we camp and can park the car near our pitch then weight is not an issue but the bed still needs to fit into the car. I know of people with vans and bell tents that take whole futons. We are not those people.

The first festival we went to we were ve…

10 most annoying holiday moments and a film you might like...

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY is a heart-warming, uplifting comedy for all the family.

Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie's (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability...

This film is packed with endless amounts of annoying and complicated holiday scenarios- so, to celebrate its release, I am taking a look at what some people may see as the most annoying moments of every holiday...

10 Most Annoying Holiday Moments From the creators of the hit BBC comedy series Outnumbered: 1. The packing So you really, really, really want to go on holiday but first there’s the packing. Whether you’re a list-maker or a chuck-it-all-in-the-bag kind of person, this task is still a burden. A scenario filled with what am I going wear? Don’t forget the toothbrush and do I need a co…

A Walk around Swanbourne Lake

What a gorgeous day we've had today. After yesterday's rain it was lovely to see the sun out, check the weather forcast and realise that it would last all day!

I slept in until 7.30am and woke to find hubby had got up at 4am and done 2 loads of washing. After a lazy breakfast of bagel and cream cheese, and a refreshing shower, I was all set by 9.30am and hubby and I decided to make the most of the day with a walk (teen remained resolutely in her room glued to her laptop)

We went to Arundel Park and walked around Swanbourne lake and it was beautiful. Warm and sunny enough, but with a slight chill that enabled a brisk walk without getting sweaty. We saw lots of ducks and geese of course, and I even spotted a cheeky stoat dashing about the path as we passed by.

Entry to the park is free and dogs are allowed on the public footpath bits (on a lead only). It's a lovely place for kids, and the whole family. We finished up with a coffee and cake at the lodge tea rooms, whilst watc…

Time for some cooking - Festivals

I haven't talked much about food have I? Maybe I have, whatever, here is some food chat.

This is primarily festival food chat today, I'll look out some 'proper' food and recipes for another blog post.

At festivals lots of people just don't bother to cook at all. After all, the place is usually full of eating places, and carrying stuff miles to your pitch is a pain, especially if it's heavy, even if you do have a trolley.

 And from experience taking some beer is nearer the top of the list than cans of soup!

 Another thing to consider is if cooking is allowed at all. Many festivals have restrictions on what sort of stoves/fires can be used on site so check before you go!

Camp Bestival for example bans open fires but allows small gas stoves. Wilderness allows enclosed 'real' fires and barbecues and solid fuel stoves, but no gas! And Glastonbury seems to just allow whatever.

At the very least I would suggest you need to be able to boil water. The Kelly K…