We have just spent a long weekend away camping in the Norfolk Broads. I have to admit I was a little bit worried about this prospect since we had all been extremely unwell at the start of the week. However, with the exception of one dramatic episode from little Ned all went well and perhaps slightly madly another trip is planned for Halloween where we will look for bats and read Harry Potter by torchlight.
This time the kids went to BeWilderWood which although expensive was fab, I particularly enjoyed the rope bridges. We went on a long walk which culminated on a beautiful beach which is home to about 200 seals, you could almost touch them it was so magical. We had lots of pub dinners (treats!) and fish and chips on the beach at Great Yarmouth. We also visited Merrivale Model Village, home to many small people and a lovely cafe where we sheltered from an epic storm whilst eating comfort food.
More than anything else though, it was lovely to snuggle up under the canvas next to Fifi in our girls den; duvets and pillows as opposed to karrimats and sleeping bags. It was wonderful to see the children running about happily re-discovering playground games and the simple discovery and adventure you get from being outside. They went dragonfly hunting by torchlight, played leapfrog and ‘it’. They found sticks and stones and jumped in puddles and although there was a bit of moaning there were many shrieks of delight!
I think we are exceptionally lucky in that our closest friends have children the same age and that they have all grown up together. I find it hard to believe that I may say this, but long live the camping holiday. There were genuine tears in the car home and no doubt many happy memories created.