How do you really test how easy an awning is to put up? Give it to someone who has never seen it up, never seen it taken out of the bag, in the dark, on a cold winter evening! Do you think that would be a fair test? That's exactly what happened when we put up our new Vango Varkala awning for the first time this weekend: We arrived to the Setthorns Camping in the Forest … [Read more...] about Madventures: putting up a new awning in the dark
At midnight, as I finally turned in, it was 10C in the tent. This was our trial camping in our garden ahead of our planned 2 week spring camping trip in Northumberland over the Easter holidays. We all had foil backed sleeping mats (or car windscreen sun reflector for Dadonthebrink) between us and the tent groundsheet. We each had a sleeping bag, though Max's is a … [Read more...] about Spring camping and keeping warm overnight- trial and error
As sun set we had 2 extremely excited children and a tired toddler really looking forward to going to bed. Now that's a rarity! Today we've spent the day sorting through our camping equipment and setting up tents. Yes, tents plural! We still have our first tent, a novel dome in that day and age, from 20 years ago, when Dadonthebrink and I got together. We dug out our … [Read more...] about Camping- why on Earth would you?!
The past year was all about rediscovering our love of outdoors and camping with the children. Some plans materialised- we did go camping-, some didn't- we didn't do the Grand Adventure. In the last week of August I had a couple of days I was planning to take the kids camping on my own (Dadonthebrink had to work). It was beautiful weather and we had some passes for the New … [Read more...] about What’s our camping style? What’s your camping style?
As 2013 drew to an end we battled with the lurgies, preparing for family festivities and took stock of the past year. It was uplifting to see all we had done, the fun we had in 2103. I was slightly disappointed that we hadn't done the Grand Adventure. Well, maybe this year! 2013 was really about getting back to our adventures taking it in baby steps. We ventured back … [Read more...] about Tents tested in 2013 – Vango Eclipse 600, Coleman Galileo 5, Quechua 2 second