Showing posts with label Camping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Camping. Show all posts

Camp Breakfast

More food memories today - I need to find a recipe for Sunday - do you have a good camping recipe to share?

camp kitchen
camping fry up
camping fry up
festival cake

curry stall festival

Let's talk about camping food.

Let's talk food.

I like to set up the tent and get everything sorted and then I can relax, have a beer and cook some food. As I don't camp with electricity or refrigeration the first night's food may be fresh things but I will rely on cans and packets as time passes. But what better meal that chilli and rice. Perfect comfort food, easy to cook and eat, store well in cans (and using those pouches of partially cooked rice saves on fuel to cook the rice too) I know my brother fondly recalls the time we experimented with the extra hot Dynamite chilli, after all, how hot could it be? (spoiler - very hot, we nearly died and were only saved by beer)

So comfort camping food for this winter Friday is chilli and rice, nice cowboy feel to it too - if you are alone eat it from the saucepan, you mountain man, you!

Tempted to cook some at home now and pretend


Camping in the rain

Today after storm Desmond has devastated so many homes I'm grateful to be safe and warm. I am thinking though of those that are struggling. But I'm also remembering rain when camping. Not that I have experienced true disaster but a storm feels a lot worse when you only have canvas between you and it, and as the rain water soaks the ground and you lay wondering if the ground sheet will really keep out the water..

wet weather gear
Be Prepared
Glastonbury mud
Glastonbury mud
sign in rain

New Forest wet camping

My tents

Today at Tent Sniffing for Beginners it's tent day! So let's remember the tents I have owned, and why not add a couple that I would love to own one day.

Barry the festival tent, painted, loved, but later sold

pyramide IV tent cabanon
Wilfred the Pyramide IV tent, now painted...

painted tent
nylon tent
Nigel, the first tent we owned, given to us free from Freecycle
painted tent
Wilfred, now painted in a Japanese theme
Lichfield pyramid tent
Lord Lichfield - our newest aquisition

Field Candy Tent
Field Candy tent - Love their designs so much.

The peace and quite of camping

It's not all about festivals though, camping can be fun and relaxing without a crowd of like-minded individuals in a field. You can camp quietly and alone. Peace in nature can be one of the lovely things about being in a tent. Hearing nothing but the rustle of the canvas (or nylon) and the squeaks and whistles of the wildlife, laying in the sun in the daytime, and drifting to sleep to the sounds of crickets at night.

So let's think about peace.

nylon tent in the woods


woodland camping

smores and a camp fire

camp fire
blue sky through the trees

walk in spring woodland

Blackgang chine is a wonderful day out for all the family

Last time we went camping was to the Isle of Wight, and while it poured with rain pretty much the whole 4 days we were there, there was one day that fun was had by all. We went to Black Gang Chine.

In case you are wondering, a Chine is a narrow gully or gorge normally with a stream that cuts through it and runs into the sea, this is particularly dramatic if the cliff face is made of clay or sand. These are common on The Island around the South East/South West coastline. Many of these Chines date back in history.

The word Chine comes from the Saxon word 'Cinan' which means a gap or yawn.The Blackgang Chine Theme Park is located near to where the chine used to be in Victorian times and before. This has been reclaimed by the sea due to devastating effects of Landslip. This area was some 300 metres further out to sea than it is today. The Blackgang Fantasy Park has long been an attraction to go and see especially with children.

I haven't been there since I was about 10 and so my memory of it was mainly lots of winding paths, plants and some large fibreglass dinosaurs, and maybe a Cowboy town? I was delighted to find that the dinosaurs have come to life (they are now animatronic and really quite excellent) and the Cowboy town still exists. There was also a roller coaster, and lots of food outlets, loads of fun games and things to do...well it's hard to put it into words, so here is a feel for our day.

danger dinosaur sign Blackgang chine

T rex Blackgang chine

warning sign Blackgang chine

smiling dinosaur Blackgang chine

warning sign Blackgang chine

spider fear Blackgang chine

cask and weevil Blackgang chine

mermaid Blackgang chine

fibreglass horse cowboy town Blackgang chine

Blackgang chine

Blackgang chine

Blackgang chine

Blackgang chine

Dodo Blackgang chine

hedge maze Blackgang chine

Blackgang chine

Blackgang chine

limpets Blackgang chine

dragon video Blackgang chine

autumn sprite Blackgang chine
It was excellent value for money and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

Wasps. Why do we hate them?

Wasps haven't been as numerous this year as other years and I for one am grateful for that. I know that all creatures have their place in the food chain, and that destroying every wasp on the planet would be bad, but it's pretty hard to love a wasp.

In the spring they are industrious little gits, bringing up the wasp babies and catching and eating many a caterpillar and maggot, helping the gardener (though causing many butterfly tears no doubt as yet another baby is carried off to the paper house of death)

Photo Copyright: viktor2013 / 123RF Stock Photo 

In the summer they potter about looking for fruit and as the year progresses they become the total pain in the arses we all know and hate. Inebriated on fermented apple, and searching for a fight like the angry drunks they are, they waiver about the place indecisively looking for places to land. Drawn as they are to meat (I once watched amazed as one tried and almost succeeded to fly off with a piece of steak twice its own size as I relaxed outside a pub one lunch time) and to alcohol and of course anything sweet and any small child within 100 yards, they are a real annoyance.

I have decided that while it's the sting that worries us, and the fact they seem keener to sting that a bee does, it's their indecisive nature that is the real problem.

"Just drink the coke and leave!" we scream, but no, the wasp bumbles incessantly around the lip of the can, will it go in? will it stay on the lid? will it just fly about forever??

"Just make up your mind wasp! We have loads of food, take some and leave!" but no, of course it will weave about in front of your face, threatening to alight on your fork and then at the last minute heading for your glass...

While we, grown humans, flail about, squealing and shrieking, failing majestically to do anything other than look ridiculous.

And that is why I hate wasps. The stupid wiggly flight path, the inability to decide where to go and what to do next.

And not just because they sting you, though that too. Sometimes if you are really unlucky, they might even kill you. I've been stung once. I have had the dubious joy of a wasps' nest in the loft of my house, and this year I've killed several while camping, using only a spatula...

What are your thoughts on wasps? Love them as a stripey part of nature? or hate the yellow horrors? Do let me know of your wasp experiences.

Outdoor Food on Friday - September 4th 2015

I know how time and calendars work but still, September! Gosh it seems time is whizzing by - I'm so many blog posts behind as I've been having such a fun summer under canvas, now you'll all be able to catch up with what I've been up to as I catch up with blog posts during the long wet weekends of autumn and winter. But more of that later!

Fire in an upcycled washing machine drum, great for windy days (and marshmallows)
Right now it's Outdoor food time. Last week I was braving torrential rain, gale force winds and the wild camp sites of the Isle of Wight with my daughter, my brother, and my niece.

Despite the atrocious weather we did manage to cook and eat outside a fair bit - large fried breakfasts being a favourite, with bottles of cava and brandy in the evening, well you have to keep the chill at bay!

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Outdoor food on Friday - 21st August 2015

Friday is here again and once more I'm putting my linky out there to see if you'll share an outdoor eating or cooking post.

As you are reading this I will be driving off to Wadfest, a small festival full of large hearted people. There will be zombie Nerf battles, murder mystery parties and outdoor cocktail parties. I'm hoping to cook some bacon this trip (I keep forgetting to take any!) and maybe some eggs, I'm also tempted to try pancakes and maybe the apple pancake recipe I mentioned on my other blog! (don't panic, I'll link it below) I haven't had a camping fry up in ages, now if the rain could just keep off that would be great!

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