Showing posts with label relaxing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label relaxing. Show all posts

Looking back over the camping and festival summer

Early autumn and yet already I feel the gloom of the colder weather affecting me. Partly due to the weather and partly due to the lack of annual leave left to me I have packed up the tents until next year and that always makes me sad.

I had a fabulous summer though, with awesome festivals. I went to the Curious Arts Festival to grab some culture in a field, Camp Bestival (as always - and I enjoyed it all over again), Wilderness, where I gazed once again on glorious countryside filled with glitter, music and nudity, and even a Medieval festival at a castle!

I was not alone in having a great summer in the outdoors and so to help us all cope with the darker mornings, the rain, and the cooler nights here are some other great camping and festival posts to read. ..

Samantha at NorthEastFamilyFun was letting her kids have a taste of freedom at the Corbridge Festival

"I'm a bit of a free range parent and I'm keen to give Harry some extra independence this summer. He is going into Year 5 in September and when I remember how much I did at his age it was a lot more than he does now. The festival wasn't too busy through the daytime so Steve and I found a spot next to a noticeable landmark and let H&H have some freedom to explore with the instructions to check in regularly. The festival is in one field and has a big fence around it, plus they had our phone number on their wristband so I was confident they wouldn't get lost." Read More

While Meg was experiencing what it's like to be a new mum at a music festival when she went to the Secret Garden Party without her baby!

"My festival experience has changed slightly since having a child as I’m sure you are all aware, as a parent your priorities change. But what’s funny is that it’s carried over into everything that you do….including going to a festival even when the baby is left at home with the grandparents! So here is what it’s like going to a festival as a new mum……" Read More

Not everyone was at a festival though, there was plenty of glamping and yurting (can yurt be a verb?!) to be had too.

Naomi at Life by Naomi was thrilled to stay in a yurt with family and friends.

"We cooked all out meals on site – it made sense with so many children around. We had a barbecue one evening and a chilli on the other, which I had made in advance. The electric cookers were really efficient, and all the yurts were really well equipped with cooking equipment and utensils. Washing up was easy too – and there was so much hot water! (That was a glamping bonus for me.)
We had an absolutely brilliant time from start to finish. Yes, it rained. But, we’re British, so we just got on with it. The kids had an absolute blast, and were completely exhausted from running around outside all day" Read More

Erin at Yorkshire Tots was glamping in Yorkshire.

"Our home for two nights was Jolly Day’s signature Woodland Tent.  Spacious and charming, it had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay.  Outside our tent was a large veranda and right off our front steps we had our own BBQ and picnic table." Read More

And Kate loved her stay in a yurt so much she now wants to live in one!

"the unadulterated joy of just rocking up and not having to deal with that. Also the yurt has proper beds. And a wood burning stove. And a hob. And a bottle opener and all sorts of useful, good and pretty things that frankly won’t fit in the back of my car any more because of the level of ‘stuff’ that leaving the house with the kids seems to demand. It was bliss." Read More

Hope you enjoyed the foray back into warm summer nights. I have some more 'back to nature camping trips to suggest you read next time. Until then, keep in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

Let me know how you cope with camping withdrawal...or do you snow camp? I'd LOVE to hear about that (it's on my bucket list)




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

lake

woodland camping

smores and a camp fire

camp fire
blue sky through the trees

walk in spring woodland

Grown ups being silly at festivals

Grown ups being silly at a festival. Being silly and feeling young again, whatever our ages, can be a great reviver!

I find that a weekend in a field with no rules and no set times for eating or sleeping is the perfect way to refresh myself. So on day 5 of our advent calendar - let's hear it for 'silly'.

fancy dress goldilocks and three bears camp bestival
never too old for a bit of fun
face painting

men in bathing costumes singing
face paint rabbit and tiger

A stay in a cottage in the Brecon Beacons

For the first time in years we had a family holiday! Mainly as I agreed not to insist on canvas so that my Dear Husband felt able to come with Dear Daughter and I to the Brecon Beacons in Wales, in October.

We rented a cottage from Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages, we have been using the company since before we were married! So probably about 25 years (is that really possible?) and this made us confident that we'd get what we paid for.We started using them because they have a really good selection of dog friendly places, and Wales is excellent for dog walks! (Bring flexi leads though - there are lots of sheep about)

As we hadn't been away as a family for years I splashed out a bit and we rented a lovely 2 bedroom cottage in Talybont on Usk, with wifi, real log fire and all modern conveniences.

We were delighted to find the cottage was better equipped than our own home, with sky TV, two televisions bigger than our home one, a dishwasher (another thing we don't have) and a washing machine and tumble drier. The kitchen had claimed 'well equipped' and in the past I've found this to be an exaggeration unless a potato peeler and a bottle opener are the limits of your desires but in the case of the Malt House Coach House this was no exaggeration, from mixer to electric carving knife, from cafetiere to microwave, from knives to toaster, with pans, cake making stuff, Pyrex...it was amazing. (not that I did much more than grill Welsh beefburgers and fry Welsh fillet steak)

The wifi only worked at one end of the house which ended up being a blessing as it forced me to read when curled up on one of the various sofas in front of the log fire. (and all logs were provided) There were whole libraries of books, and DVDs for dark afternoons or wet days. On the last day of the holiday DH and I discovered there were hairdryers in each room too!

The cottage was perfect for lazy walks and pub visits - the nearest pub was across the road - and we spent some restful mornings wandering the canal. There was plenty to occupy us for the week and we were really spoilt. The young lady that welcomed was so helpful and friendly. In the summer the cottage even has use of a swimming pool, so we may well visit again.

We have all always loved the Beacons and this holiday was just lovely. I totally recommend Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages if you are after self catering accommodation in the area. Great for walking both canal side and mountain, for food, pubs and general relaxing.

Edited to add - This cottage in Wales is no longer available to rent for holidays, but you can still find your perfect Welsh Hoilday Cottage (many dog friendly) with Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages.

Why I love Camping

I adore camping.I love tents. I'm fairly sure that many of the reasons that I love camping will be the reasons you hate it. I'll start at the beginning, I love the smell of a canvas tent, I like the anticipation of packing for a camping trip. The look at the list,checking the food and the booze. Packing the car,(I have a Fiat Panda so it's car Tetris every time) And then the drive, either to a site I know and love or to a new exciting site where who knows what I will discover. Arriving, unpacking, laying out the tent, pitching, happy in the knowledge I can do it all by myself! Sending DD to fetch water, and other small chores. The sun (or rain) and the knowledge that as soon as we are finished I can cool off with a beer or warm up with a tea.

Sitting in the fresh air,watching the other campers, listening to the sounds of nature, the wind in the trees, bird song, bees. Walking around the area seeing what is going on. Snoozing on a rug, reading  a book, sipping a Pims. Playing Frisbee with DD... And later cooking outside on a BBQ or my camp stove, eating sausages or stew, more booze, more tea, hot chocolate and then bed...
Snuggled warm (with many layers plus hat) in my mummy style sleeping bag, on the mattress next to DD. Listening to the animals outside, the tent flapping, rain on the canvas, the smell of the tent.So peaceful, sleeping from dark until dawn. Waking to birdsong and the thought of a fully cooked breakfast, with local produce if I'm lucky...

And sometimes all of that is combined with the added fun of a festival. Sitting here now I'm making myself yearn for my tent...


Camping, total relaxation, and always plenty for kids to do, from exploring to chores....what's not to like?

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