May is full of bank holidays in France, or rather, 'Jours Feries'.....affectionately known as Fairy Days in this house. Last week, the Fairy days fell on Tuesday (Victory day) and Thursday (Ascension), and, as is often the case, most of the schools declared the Friday also as a day off, or a 'pont' (bridge) day, (i.e. Bridging the gap to the weekend).
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It’s a firmly established tradition that we have at least one campfire at the beach each summer. What was different this year, was the Harry pretty much took charge of the whole thing, assisted in a range of helpful and not so helpful ways by Chloe. Here’s their step-by-step guide to a successful campfire.
One of the things I love about camping is the chance to really get away from it all. No TV, no computer and on the Outer Hebrides for the majority not even a phone signal. This does have it’s disadvantages though, as it also meant no weather forecast either.
After our brilliant visit to Elgin Cathedral in the Easter holidays, we headed over to Lossiemouth to set up camp for the rest of our whistle-stop 24hour visit.
Dora had her first camping experience in our camper van in February in North Wales when she was 3 months old. We drove up enthusiastically only to find that all the campsites were either shut for the winter and looked at us like we were crazy, or didn't take dogs.
The minxes had such a good sleep on their first camping trip of the year that they didn’t wake up till 7am – a luxurious lie-in! That morning, I really noticed how grown-up and responsible they’d quietly become.
Whilst the beaches on the Outer Hebrides were pretty amazing we were pretty determined to do something a little bit more exciting than spend our whole holiday on the beach.
Having ticked off canoe camping last summer, our goal for this year was cycle camping.
After our recent trip to the Isle of Mull we tagged on another few days to spend some time near Linlithgow to see a Jousting event organised by Historic Environment Scotland. It was another one of those 'really want to do one-day' events that had not happened for many years. So when we were south of Inverness anyway - well it made sense to keep going! (That's Highlander logic for you)
Work and kids’ activities have been getting in the way of us going camping this year, so I made a determined stand: I blocked off a weekend in June on the Big Family Calendar and said that we were going camping then, come rain, shine or tornadoes
“Mummy, can we stay up and see the stars?” was a recurring question all summer. But in the long days of summer, by the time it’s really dark enough to stargaze, all good Little Trekkers should be tucked up in bed. And so my answer was always, “Yes, in the winter, we’ll stay up and see the stars.” Last week, with the nights fair drawing in, thoughts returned to stargazing.
The first thing the boys wanted to do as soon as school broke up for the summer was to camp out in the garden. If you haven’t done this, you really should give it a try. It’s dead easy and, while it might not sound that exciting to you, to the children it’s a real adventure.