Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Local Camping

Hello Lovelies ,back in 2010 we bought a tent and that summer we had a little break in Norfolk. Last year the tent never came out of the loft and the boys have been asking to go camping again. Looking at the calender midweek it became clear that if we were to actually use the tent this year it had to be soon .So  we booked a couple of nights at a local campsite over the weekend. Staying local meant we could invite the boys two cousins to join us . The weather forcast was pretty bad , I watched with dismay as the warning triangle appeared on the telly ...HEAVY RAIN !! noooo, please not this weekend.
 I'm happy camping when the weather is good but not when it's cold or wet. Still this was not for me , it was for the youngsters and they were beyond excited.

When we arrived on Friday afternoon the rain began to fall, but thankfully it did not last and by the time we had set up camp the sun was shining........


Yay , blue skys and colourful stripes.........


The campsite was really nice and we got an excellent spot with plenty of space and some small trees to tie our washing line to.......


I loved the reflections in the shiny whistling  kettle.......


The youngsters were in their element and when they weren't off exploring on their bikes they were fetching water, making tea and washing up. All so exciting in the outdoors :0)
I was happy to sit in the shade with my crochet............


The dry weather held out into the evening and we enjoyed a simple BBQ followed by toasted marshmallows........


It rained in the night and when we got up it was pretty cloudy , but we set off for a bit of exploration on bikes ( children ) and foot (Mr BM and I ). 
This simple wildflower really takes me back to the long summer holidays of my own childhood. And it has such a pretty name......

Rose Bay Willow Herb 

We were walking/riding  along the side of a disused canal. It's a long time since any boats have travelled this way but it's still oh so pretty don't you think. The house in this picture the was derelict   for a number of years but has now been lovingly restored..imagine living there ...sigh
This wonderfully lush summer scene , with the sky reflected in the water makes me very happy.....



Looking in the other direction you can see the bridge I stood on to take the previous photo. There was so much wildlife here and we spent a long time watching dragonflys and butterflys darting about. There were loads of fish too and the boys and their cousins  saw what they called a "water snake " ...this caused much excitement , but it had slithered off before I got there........


All those things proved hard to photograph so I settled for a stationary subject......

Bulrushes.

As you can see it was very sunny by this time ...........



We had set out in warn clothes and were getting a bit hot and bothered
so  we headed back to the campsite to seek out some shade and cool down a bit.......


Yes , we really were lucky with the weather and the children seemed to enjoy their mini adventure .
Though I think we were all glad to get back into our  own beds on Sunday night .
Jacquie x

39 comments:

  1. That looks like a 'making memories' sort of holiday....perfect.
    Hugs,
    A x

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  2. Wonderful!! More crochet shots please!! :-)

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  3. Looks like a lovely weekend - sometimes going local is just as good as travelling miles - we did the same this past weekend :)

    Love the feet in the washing up bowl pic :)

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  4. Children don't remember the weather only the adventure.......xx

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  5. kids love camping and it's such fun for them xxxxxxxxx

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  6. What a brilliant idea to go to a local campsite! I'm so glad the weather held out for you! xx

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  7. I love camping but hate setting up/putting away in the rain! We've even put the tent up in the garden for the girls to have sleepovers! Glad you had a great time! Ada :)

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  8. You dont have to go far for the kids to have a wonderful time and the memories of that camping trip will last forever. Looks like you all had a fun time!

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  9. If camping was always like that I think even I would be tempted ... looks fantastic.

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  10. What a lovely weekend! Looks like you were very lucky with the weather. I'm pleased you had a good time with the kids.

    Ali x

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  11. Camping is so much fun, especially for the children. I really like the tea kettle picture - very creative!

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  12. Looks likeyou all had fun. I love your pictures so full of color...Nice blanket there

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  13. You certainly make camping look very pretty and oh so colourful! Sounds like you had a lovely time.
    Claire

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  14. lovely countryside!!!
    xxx Alessandra

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  15. Happy memories there for you all - lots of life's simple pleasures. Love the pic of the feet in the bowl! Elaine x

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  16. Love your colorful crochet! P.S I think our tent is exactly the same as yours - hasn´t been taken out all summer - have to do better next year:)

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  17. Perfect time away and beautiful pictures ☺

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  18. Beautiful photos. I especially love the one with the kettle!

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  19. What a lovely camping trip!! Such fun and great memories made!! xo Heather

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  20. what a super weekend and great pics. blessings trills.:-)

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  21. Stunning pictures and a wonderful week end.
    irene
    xxxx

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  22. Good idea to stay local, gorgeous photo's. Life on a camping means living outside all day, that makes it special and gives you the holiday feeling. Groetjes, Gerda

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  23. brings back memories of camping trips when my boys were younger - give them a chance to hunt for firewood and cook marshmallows outdoors and they were happy! Lovely the weather held out for you x

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  24. What a fun weekend of camping, and you were lucky with the weather holding out. Love the restoration of the derelict home, too beautiful to destroy. Lovely photo's once again.
    xx Sandi

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  25. What a wonderful break away! We dont't get our tent out much anymore, but you have inspired me! The kids must have had a brilliant time! Glad you got a bit of crochet in too! Happy week! X

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  26. What a terrific camping trip and beautiful countryside! Your feet photo made me laugh..gorgeous!

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  27. Wow! That looks like a fun trip. I sky is so blue and I love it. I really wish I could say the same. Its been raining here non stop. Lovely photos though!

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  28. Oh fun! And beautiful pictures as always!!

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  29. Olá Jaquie, bom dia!!
    Nossa que lugar lindo, muito paz neste lugar , lugar de familia, familia unida!!
    Olha até uma plantinha que aqui no Brasil a chamamos de TABOA, porque da muito em LAGOAS, tem por ai também, muito legal!!
    E as crianças lavando os pés na bacia, unidade familia, coisa boa de se ver!!
    Que Deus continue a abençoar seu lar!!Beijosss TINA Artesanato. Brasil!!

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  30. We have just returned from camping in the lake district. Sadly the batteries ran out in my camera, your photos are glorious. There is something special about children camping, they don't seem to crave fancy entertainment. Looking forward to sleeping under a roof !!! Sarah

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  31. you make me nostalgic for the days when my sons were still boys, we often spend weekends a local campsites, exploring and playing. Our "neighbourhood" is the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, BC) so different from your countryside! I suspect the experience is similar tho.

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  32. We're thinking about going camping this hols and I so hope the weather is good- your break looks such good fun!
    Love the alfresco crochet, too!
    X

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  33. Weve just had a fortnight in Cornwall camping - I am a massive camping fan and would live in my tent all summer long if I could. Your photos are lovely. Rose Bay Willow Herb made me laugh - where I come from it was called "muck stack Chrysanthamum" as it used to grow prolifically on the coal tips. xx

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  34. What fun i think you had a great time Jacquie and please become one of my followers and comment on my post pleeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaasee

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  35. Very nice, thanks for sharing.

    Vico @ rental mobil

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  36. looks like a lovely weekend! I LOVE the house...just my cup of tea! Cx

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  37. Thanks for the information... I really love your blog posts... specially those on Helping Organisations

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  38. Gorgeous and fun holiday shots. You have had such a marvellous time and your ripple blanket is growing beautifully!

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