I Must Confess…camping tales
I have just returned from a weekend away from social media and blogging which you would already be aware of if you had have read this post.
Instead of being in front of the computer for hours, I found myself in the friendly confines of a small caravan park. I had my doubts and fears but I must confess that I ended up really enjoying myself and I will definitely be looking to do it again.
However, our stay was not without drama, intrigue or disaster. Well, it was without intrigue but there was drama and near disaster aplenty…
So to fit in with this week’s prompt of micro-confessions, bear with me while I get a whole lot of little confessions off my chest, mainly related to my latest camping tales.
- Our second attempt at camping started off more promising than our first – it was at least dry at the camp site and we actually managed to get our tent up – hooray!
- The good weather did not last however. Our poor tent somehow survived the great Harrington storm of 2015. I’m not sure it will go down in the annals as such but for the five of us huddled under the fragile protection of thin tent fabric while it heaved and swayed under the weight of rain, wind, thunder and lightning, it seemed like a storm worthy of the record books!
- While our cheapo Kmart tent unexpectedly came through the great Harrington storm of 2015 with flying colours, sadly, the caravan park’s pool shade sail did not…
- We are now known for our uncanny ability to bring downpours of rain with us whenever we visit Harrington. Depending on the season, this can be viewed as either a good or a bad thing – for instance I’m not entirely sure if we would be welcomed back with open arms if we returned just yet…
- It was wet and muddy and rather unpleasant after a couple of nights of rain. So why did I end up enjoying myself? Why didn’t I feel as miserable as Nathan looks in this photo?
- I know I enjoyed slowing down and not checking my computer or phone every few minutes. I soaked up watching the stars on our first night there, having the chance to read my book without feeling guilty about it, chatting to other caravan park residents and just being still for a while.
- I learned that my kids have the true gift of timing. Without fail they would magically need to go to the toilet at the same time that Nathan was away from the tent with the one and only amenities block key. Thank goodness my parents live in the same park so we could always use their toilet in case of dire emergency. Which happened to be every single day 😉
- I also know that I am proud as punch that they made friends with another little boy and girl and that they all played together beautifully on Saturday afternoon. Even Gilbert enjoyed making new friends – that’s a first!
- I discovered that the pugs are awesome caravan park travellers. They hardly made a sound while we were away and slept quietly through the howling, wet and windy nights. I’m very proud of my fur babies. I just wish the good behaviour would have continued here at home. Alas, the barking has already started up again…
- There’s nothing quite like the taste and pure awesomeness of GF bread fried on a BBQ. The fact I used ‘awesome’ in the same sentence as ‘GF bread’ makes this a big call, I know, but I’m going to stand by it!
- I know that I really did enjoy myself and that I’m looking forward to trying out camping with the family again soon. Hopefully with less wild and woolly weather and with a little more sleep on our side next time around 🙂
- On a slightly different note, I will be requiring some hosting support for #imustconfess during April as we trip around the USA (13/4, 20/4, 27/4 & 4/5). If you will be available on one of those Mondays and you are interested in guest hosting the linkup for me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It doesn’t matter if you have never hosted a linkup before, I can provide you with the code and tips for hosting if required. BTW – you can’t really break it – trust me!
- While on the subject of my trip, I’m also interested in taking on guest posts to keep things ticking along around here. Anything goes at My Home Truths so if you are keen to help me out with a post that would be awesome. You can link back to your blog and social media accounts and I’ll do what I can to promote it from the US. I’m also happy to host anonymous posts if you wanted to confess or tell some truths without being identified – have a think and let me know if you are able/willing/pumped to contribute!
There are my micro confessions for this week. Do you have a random collection of confessions to share?
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