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Not such a washout August 24, 2010

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It appears that my worries in my previous post were quite unnecessary.  Despite the weather forecast for last weekend not being brilliant it didn’t actually rain as much as we expected.  Not that it would have mattered; C had enormous fun sat in the mud playing with her bricks.

We were at Hope in the Peak District again.  There were 6 adults, 2 children and 3 dogs in two tents and a caravan.  On Saturday we drove to nearby Castleton and visited Peveril Castle.  To be honest, we weren’t impressed.  It was £4.20 per adult and all it really was, was a few piles of stones and a very small stone building that you could go inside.  It was also up a very steep hill which isn’t great when you’ve got to carry a stroller and changing bag up there.  The view from the top almost made up for it but we won’t be visiting again.

We spent the afternoon at the pub just down the road from the campsite.  C decided she was a big girl too and wanted to play on the climbing frame, cue lots of chasing after her by me and M.

We did have some rain but it just meant we all had to squeeze into one tent and play cards for a while.  C happily amused herself by playing with her bricks or stacking random items up as she likes to do.

I’m quite sad as that was probably the last camping trip we’ll go on this year.  We’ve really enjoyed it and C has loved spending all day outside getting dirty!

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Any tips for a wet weekend? August 20, 2010

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We’re off camping again this weekend but this time I think the weather may be against us.  The previous couple of times we’ve been its been lovely and sunny but this time doesn’t look so good.

I don’t mind the odd shower but I’m really hoping it doesn’t just rain all weekend.  What on earth am I going to do with C?  She’s not quite walking so I can’t send her out in wellies but I don’t think she’ll be impressed at being stuck in a tent all weekend.

I know I can take her some toys to play with and books to read, and we can go for a walk with her but after that I’m stuck. 

Does anyone have any other tips to keep a 14 month old amused in a small space?

Wordless Wednesday – more camping July 14, 2010

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Our camping trip June 29, 2010

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Last weekend we took C on her first camping trip and it was a great success!

We went to a campsite in between Ashbourne & Buxton in the Peak District, an area we love, and it’s only an hours drive.  We set off at 2pm on Friday afternoon with the trailer packed to bursting point and the dogs in the boot. 

C just loves being outside so I knew the only problem we’d have with her was how dirty she’d get!  And she did herself proud on that score!

We drove into Ashbourne on Saturday then went to Dovedale which is such a beautiful place.  We’d not really planned this so only had the pushchair in the car rather than the sling.  If you ever go – take a sling.  Its not a pushchair friendly walk at all!  We even had to carry her across the famous stepping stones in her pushchair which was an experience!

C was a little difficult to get off to sleep on the Friday night but we were expecting this anyway as it was all very strange to her, but on the Saturday night she was fine.  We went with friends and had 2 pitches together which was nice as we could sit outside and have a glass of wine or 2. 

The campsite facilities were very clean and tidy but the site itself was located quite a way from anywhere so we probably won’t go back to that one. 

All in all, it was a lovely weekend and we enjoyed ourselves that much we’re already planning our next trip!