Weekend Away Part 1 : Camping

The night-time temperature is finally at one that we’re happy to take the Robot on his first camping trip.  We’d considered taking him a month ago but temperatures were forecasted around zero degrees. We waited patiently and here we are…

The Robots first camping trip

We decided to go car camping, just an overnight and not far away.  We chose a little campsite near Haverthwaite in the Lake District. Having been there a few years ago we knew what to expect.

Setting off out the house at 3.30, rather delayed by an extended nap, we were on the road.

We set up camp on top of a hill, no one else was camping near by so we had room to take over. Plus no worries about the Robot getting lost or disturbing other campers.  It’s an idyllic first spot.

Tent pitched on open grass land. Views of the Lake District ahead. Dave & the Robot sitting on a picnic blanket playing together in front of the tent.The day before going I had bought a proper picnic blanket, I am so glad I did, it meant that the Robot had somewhere to play on that wasn’t just the grass.  I let him play on the grass but he has a habit of eating everything, this just kept him a little bit closer to hand.

It wouldn’t be a camping trip without a BBQ especially since the weather was so warm.  Slightly burnt burgers and sausages for tea. Just what I ordered.Robot sat watching his Daddy laying in the grass. A BBQ is smoking behind them on a rockAfter tea and it being daylight still we decided that bed time didn’t matter.  We bundled Robot in his little warm suit and got ready to go to the pub…Karen and Robot sat i porch of the tent having a cuddle. Robot is in his red furry suit. On route there we got the photo below, I just had to share it with you.  It’s either Dave became a borrower or we fell into a throw back film of Honey I Shrunk the Kids.Karen has Robot in a sling on her front, they are posing for a selfie in the woods. Dave is running fown the hill behind, perspective makes it look like he is stood on top of the Robots head waving.One thing I wasn’t really prepared for was how the daylight would affect the Robots sleeping ability.  At home he has black out blinds, in the tent there is no such hope.  He normally goes to sleep about 8pm, 9.45pm later we managed to get him to sleep as it was going dusky.

We mis-judged the amount of alcohol to bring with us, so we got a carry out from the pub.  Some of which we spilled all over the porch of the tent, most of which ended up in Daves tummy!  It was nice though.  10pm, Dave and I went to bed too!  Not much else to do in a tiny tent with a baby and the dark.Dave feet and a wine bottle in foreground. In the distance is the views over the lake district. It's dusk.It did concern me that as it took so long to get him to sleep that he might be up at the crack of dawn in the morning.

I woke up at 2am wondering where I was and where my baby was. I thought I’d squashed him but soon worked out I hadn’t.  A little mummy panic!  A further 4am wake up and it was starting to get lighter, thankfully he went back to sleep… The birds woke up.  I’d list off the birds I thought I heard but I might have to make some up!

So many birds, we were really in the country.  The Robot woke again at 5.30, I thought that was going to be it for the day, but no, asleep again till 7.30! I was very impressed.Robot and Karen are in their sleeping bags in the tent. They are both looking at each other and smiling. It's all very green becasue of the tent.It took us till 11am to pack up and leave. We ate communal porridge, lazed in the morning sun and generally took our time.  It was just so nice to be outside with no pressures to do anything or be any where!

Things we need for next time we go car camping:

Chairs! Our backs aren’t what they used to be.

Have you any first time camping stories? Anything I missed? Any tips for our next trip?



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    1. isntitpretty

      Thanks Lucy. I can’t bottle them for you but you can come back and read them! I’m glad he slept eventually, I bet you could handle it but maybe wait a bit for number two to come too!

    1. isntitpretty

      We discussed what it would be like camping if we had twins. It wouldn’t be easy no. I think a large tent with rooms is in order once you go past one child!

  2. Wow, this really does look idyllic! I’m in admiration of you – you make it sound easy! Love the Borrowers photo – brilliant! I have to admit, it would never have crossed my mind about a tent and the lack of light blocking material – I’d have been in for a rude awakening! #KCACOLS

  3. Oh you are so brave to go camping with him! I haven’t done that yet. I think I will wait much longer. I’m not a great fun of camping, I don’t like not having a proper bathroom. I think I would not mind when you hire a trailer or something like that. I would like to try “glamping” for example. However, I know that camping is something that my girls will love so I guess I might need to give it a try. Your pictures are lovely. He is gorgeous. The last photo is beautiful. It is definitely for a frame!! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is always great to have you. Hope to see you again on Sunday, 🙂 x
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    1. isntitpretty

      It’s always great to join #kcacols, there is always so much love! You are one organised host!

      Definitely go glamping, the yurts etc are getting more and more elaborate from what I’ve seen. They will love it and you’ll still get a bed. The lure of a bed would be good for my back too! ❤️

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