We went camping last night! We needed to practice putting up our fabulous new tent before we go away for a bit longer at the end of September (weather permitting), so we decided to throw everything in the car and dash off for the night to our favourite local campsite near Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
The tent was pretty straightforward to put up – although I am glad that one of us is tall! Doesn’t it look fantastic?
It was the shortest trip ever – we were only away from home for 20 hours! Just time enough to learn how to put the tent up, eat fish and chips, use the showers (for the boys, no holiday is complete without spending hours in the shower!), drink a bottle of wine (just the adults…), sleep, have breakfast, and take the tent down again!
Danny did a fantastic job with helping us to set up the sleeping bags in the bedroom:
Here’s Tom and Bugs Bunny, making themselves at home:
We had to take all home comforts with us, even though we were just going for a night. Danny made me laugh, rushing back from his bedtime shower wearing his favourite ‘soft cuddly red dressing gown’:
After a gorgeously sunny day, we had a very clear (and slightly chilly!) night. This is the twilight sky behind our tent:
It was brilliant watching and listening to the big groups of rooks and jackdaws coming into roost on the trees nearby as it began to get dark. It wasn’t quite as dramatic as this clip from BBC Autumnwatch, but it was pretty impressive and noisy all the same.
We had such a fantastic time we didn’t want to come home. Now we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a good spell of weather longer in the month so we can have a proper trip away. Can’t wait!