On Friday night, we went camping. It was the first time I’ve slept in a tent for at least fifteen years. I am not a natural camper, it must be said – really, I’m more a five star luxury kinda gal!
However, I decided to give it a go, as Ashley and William both love camping, and do you know what? It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought – I even quite enjoyed some parts of it!
Our chosen location was Dartmoor, which is only a short drive away, and has a great place for camping that Ashley’s been going to for over 25 years. It’s not an official campsite, just a field with a river running along the bottom of it, which the farmer lets people camp in for £3 per night. ‘Facilities’ (an outside toilet and a cold water tap two fields away) are limited, but it’s a beautiful spot and you can have open fires, which you can’t in the vast majority of campsites. There were only around half a dozen other tents there while we were there, and it really is a beautiful spot.
Things I Enjoyed:
- Being outside in the sunshine.
- Walking to the local pub (!)
- Our big new tent with sleeping compartments.
- My new sleeping bag – so cosy and warm.
- Yummy food cooked over a camp fire.
- The loo was far cleaner and more pleasant than I remember it being the last time I went there!!
Things I Didn’t Like So Much:
- The loo being two fields away – though this was only really a problem at night – so I just went behind the tent!
- My airbed leaking and ending up on the floor in the middle of the night.
- The bull in the field between me and the loo!
- The length of time the kettle took to boil.
- Warm white wine – need to take a cool box and ice packs next time.
- Not sleeping very well.
Ashley swimming (he was only in there for about three seconds, I might add!)
The Very Best Thing of All:
Quality family time with no electronics, no phone signal whatsoever, just the three of us spending time together and enjoying each other’s company. Will changed from his current default setting of grumpy teenager to a lovely, chatty, funny member of the human race for a whole 24 hours. I literally can’t remember the last time I went 24 hours without looking at a screen of some sort (and sadly, I think it might be years), but it was great to just switch off, sit in the sun, read, chat and laugh.
We’re already planning our next trip.