There has been lots of excitement in our family this week, as we got something very special! It’s a canvas bell tent, which my Mum and Dad contributed towards as a joint birthday present for all of us. We drove down to Exeter on Friday morning to collect the tent and then hurried back home to pack up the car, before heading off on our first ever family camping trip over the weekend!
The campsite we stayed at was on a farm so we were surrounded by animals. As well as cows and sheep, there were also two horses which sometimes grazed in the camping field and a very friendly sheepdog.
Once we had set up camp, I cooked a green Thai curry for dinner. Since my experience working at Two Rivers Outdoor Preschool for a few days earlier in the year, I’ve really enjoyed cooking in the open air.
The children played lots of frisbee and card games with Daddy.
Of course no camping trip would be complete without hot chocolate before bed!
Aaron and Tabitha were very happy with their little solar-powered lanterns.
It started raining early Saturday morning, so we ate cereal and brioche rolls for breakfast and played inside the tent until the weather cleared up.
Then Colin and I cooked a fry up for brunch while the children ran around playing.
Colin was keen to visit Exmoor Zoo, which was just down the road from our campsite. The children are now old enough to be interested in facts and ask the keepers questions. They were in hysterics watching a baby black lemur leap around and pounce on its parents, and Tabitha particularly enjoyed scratching an armadillo’s back.
It rained when we got back to the tent and we heard rumbles of thunder in the distance. After a while the sun came out and I decided to set up a shelter to cook under in case it rained again.
However, it turned into a beautiful sunny evening, so we went to Wistlandpound Reservoir nearby and collected some firewood.
Colin was in his element, building a campfire and whittling sticks ready for roasting marshmallows.
We were all very hungry by the time we tucked into a delicious dinner of spaghetti bolognese, followed by roasted marshmallows for pudding.
As we sat around the dying campfire, we watched the mist rolling in across the fields and decided it was time for bed!
In the morning we collected some freshly laid eggs from the hen house to have with our fried breakfast.
Tabitha enjoyed helping with the washing and drying up.
All too soon it was time to pack up and go home. Somehow we managed to cram everything back into the car!
Aaron and Tabitha must have been worn out as they both fell asleep on the way home!
We had a wonderful time and I’m already starting to think about where to go for our next camping trip.