Those of you who are regulars on my blog may have noticed that I went missing over the weekend. A long long weekend, 5 whole days of quiet and more…
We went camping. the Robot & I left Daddy Dave at home on Thursday and set off to Eskdale with a very special passenger. My Mum, aka Gran.
You could say I was beyond apprehensive. Having Dave around to do things like put the tent up, make tea is something I am used too when we go away. I’m chief Mother, entertainer of the Robot in our new surroundings. Not this time! If any of you have read my guide to camping with a baby, this trip is definitely a car camp!
We had 4 nights scheduled and I knew full well Dave would be working some of these and probably couldn’t handle a non-active camping holiday. By active I mean long hikes or cycles and moving campsites each day.
He loved my suggestion that Mum & I go ahead and set up camp while he cycles to meet us. We camped at Fishergrounds in Eskdale. I had been there before so I knew what to expect.
Needless to say the Girl Guides in us handled putting tents up like pros and got the stove on for cups of tea within the hour of arriving. All this while the 11 month old Robot explored his new green surroundings. (Safely!)
This leads into The Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild Challenge updates:
Buzzards, Bats & Best friends
Camp set, we admired our surroundings, the beautiful Lake District, Eskdale valley. We saw a buzzard flying over head, glorious to watch. Unfortunately no pictures but we ended up seeing him a few times over the weekend.
One tip to anyone taking a baby camping is don’t expect them to fall asleep early! This is my mantra for all my camping trips! As dusk fell the Robot eventually slept. I snuck over to my Mums slightly more spacious tent for a sneaky glass of wine. This is when I saw the bats!!
It was after my 2nd glass of wine that I realised I had my best friend too! Yes, Mum, I know you read my blog… I’m referring to you. I could totally add in bees, beetles and blue tits to my B title too, but this one is a shout out to you Mum. Thank you x
In The middle of the night I woke up with the Robots head laying on top of me, so cute. I loved having this secret cuddle with my son in our own little tent.
Friday and a porridge breakfast set us up for a day of riding Lal Ratty – The Ravenglass Eskdale railway. The line goes next to the campsite and you can jump on and off the train from it. All day the steam engines toot toot next to camp. By the end of the weekend the Robot was waiting for and watching them.
Dave showed up in the evening which was great as even one night away from him leaves me pining for a cuddle. In true #30DaysWild style…
Gazing at the Moon
Check out our nearly full moon on Friday. Spooky in the clouds:
Saturday morning and more porridge we set off on hike up nearby hills. Having Dave with us meant he could carry the Robot in the backpack. A beautiful walk in some stunning countryside… #30DaysWild Day:
Hug a Tree – a Mini Oak = Massive Oak
We found a mini Oak Tree sapling in the bracken. I was impressed I’d spotted it.
Then I found a massive Oak Tree and gave it an obligatory hug!
Dave cycled home on Sunday, he had warned us that it was forecasted to rain Sunday night, it came early and started raining mid morning. More like drizzle but it didn’t stop all day. We didn’t have any phone signal at the campsite, so we decided to go for a drive to escape the rain. The whole of Cumbria must have been hit as we didn’t escape the rain at all. We did find some phone signal to check the weather forcast ourselves. The decision was made to strike camp a day early and go home with wet tents and soggy feet… #30DaysWild Day…
Rained off – Soggy Herdy
Sometimes not everyone can escape the rain!
Back home at Mums we let the Robot play indoors as he’d been cooped up in the car for far too long. We stayed the night at Grans house to continue the holiday spirit! Although no spirits, just early nights and lots of sleep! #30DaysWild Day…
Perfect Poem for the weekend
Monday morning I found this poem in one of the Robots story books. I thought it was a perfect outdoors feeling to sum up our weekend away:
Lastly my most favourite photo from the trip and also another great camping find… The Chicco Booster Seat Pocket Snack is a chair I bought my to live at my Mums house. We took it camping and it sits on the floor. It meant we could contain the Robot during meal times, a lot cleaner for us and meant we knew how much he had eaten too.
Have you been camping this year yet? How did you get on? Where did you go? Do let me know, I love hearing about others adventures.
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