Undoubtedly we all have key dates and events and destinations in our outdoor adventure program (if you plan, like me, too much sometimes). For us THE key event of the year is the PMC - the pre-midge-camp. Or even more the L-PMC, the last-pre-midge-camp. You cannot set a date for it, because you do not know when the dreaded little monsters of the Highlands start to emerge, but from early spring onward you are acutely aware that you must not waste any opportunity for camping or you might find yourself one day with loads of itching regrets!
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This current heatwave in NE Scotland is really unusual for us. It’s knocked the minxes’ sleeping patterns for six. They’re not sleeping well, so they’re not getting enough running around in during the day, so they’re not sleeping well, and round we go in a vicious circle. I decided to do something about that!
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
Camping is one of those things, like foreign holidays, skiing, kayaking and hiking, that some parents might find a bit daunting to try with young kids. To be honest, doing any of these things with kids takes a lot more effort than going without – but the rewards can be great.
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).
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.
I was just thinking that I really should book the ferry to Stornoway this week for our summer trip when I started to remember our first camping trip to the Islands.
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.