Monday, 30 July 2012

We got back in one piece!

Well, the camping trip was eventful to say the least! The first night started out ok..the weather had stayed dry, we'd found the camp site without any trouble, we'd got the tent up in a field to ourselves, with a lovely view of the Welsh mountains...

Off to bed we went at 9.00 pm...early by our standards at home, but we were very tired from the 5 hour journey and putting the camp site together.  About 11.30 some campers were coming back from the pub and started singing and shouting..we put up with this for about an hour, as it was Saturday night and maybe their first night, and then just tried to sleep. 

As the music and singing died down the wind cranked the point where the tent was shaking and flapping and making so much noise that sleep was impossible! This went on all night and all the next day and night! A lot of campers went home early.  

On the second night I attempted to sleep in the tent but the sound of the wind flapping the tent got my immagination running wild..I thought that the poles that ran through the tent giving it its shape would snap and go into my eye! So I got up and moved into the car...I pulled the stuff out of the back seat, pushed down the front seat and got comfy...I did actually sleep much husband braved it in the tent but didn't get much sleep due to the sound of the was very loud and aggressive.

The next morning we decided to pack up the car and then go and have some breakfast in the club house, and then head for Chester which was half-way home. We stayed in a hotel...well it was our 32nd wedding anniversary! We also had a great day shopping in Chester and then a detor to Southport's sand-dunes, which I'd missed out on in Wales...we will be going back to Shell Island though..just minus the wind!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Do I really need all this stuff??

I can't believe how much stuff I need for a four day camping trip! I've got the usual stuff like a tent, groundsheet, inner-tent, deck chairs, stove, sleeping bags, airbeds and airbed pump, plates, bowls, cups, knives, forks, spoons, blankets, pillows, Gaz, gas hose, torch, portapotty, toilet roll, food, drink, clothes, shoes for wet and dry weather, kettle, washing-up bowl, towels - both tea and bath...but...I seem to have collected so much more than that! 

I've also got a fold-up table and chairs, with parasol, two...yes two Union Jack umbrella's, Union Jack flag tablecloths of all colours, even though the table has a hole in the middle for the parasol?? I'm taking my hair straightner, make-up and 3 different types of bag?? I just hope I'm cut out for camping, as I do seem to need a lot of things! 

I couldn't believe how much the Gaz bottle for the double burner camping stove was! £70! And they said it will last about four's not even a new gas bottle. Apparentely the bottle is worth £25 and the rest is for the gas...if we return the gas bottle they will refund £25 or we can keep it for our next camping trip...our next camping trip??

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Retro Camping Trip!

Just getting ready to go camping! It's been years since I did any camping but I'm looking forward to it...although I've a sneaky feeling it's going to rain all week! We're going to Shell Island in Wales, where the tide cuts you off from the main land twice a day - no chippy on the Island either, so the cooker has to work!

I'm going with my husband and he's out shopping now for the last minute things...such as Gaz for the double burner..apparently it's £70 for a bottle of gas for the stove we've bought! 

Still got the food shopping to do tomorrow..oh and I need some pillows for the blow-up beds...can't wait!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Make a broderie anglaise nightdress!

Broderie Anglaise (French, "English Embroidery") is a whitework needlework technique incorporating features of embroidery, cutwork and needle lace that arose in England in the 19th century.

Broderie Anglaise is characterized by patterns composed of small holes or eyelets bound with overcast or buttonhole stitches. Later Broderie Anglaise also featured small patterns worked in satin stitch.