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!Our tent, finally up!
  • 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!The little tent that could
  • 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…Pool shade fail
  • 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?Sodden camp site
  • 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!My kids taking a break from their toilet hijinks
  • 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…The well behaved pugs
  • 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!Camp breakfast
  • 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 kirsty@myhometruths.com. 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?

I’m also belatedly lining up with my fellow hostesses with the mostesses every Monday – Alicia and Eva x

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29 Responses

  1. I would offer to help host but I’m away and too unreliable to take up the baton in May (but if you get stuck for the May one I can probably do it)
    have a fab time in the US, and I think anyone who camps in the rain and still has fun is a champion! So go you!!
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  2. Ness says:

    You’re a braver woman than me Kirsty! Although, it does look like a nice spot where you camped. I’m glad it worked out. How exciting that your trip is getting so close!
    Ness recently posted..Micro Confessions Of A Cry Baby

    • Kirsty says:

      The prospect of the trip is exciting me and scaring me in equal measure Ness! We worked through our itinerary again with the kids tonight and every time we do that I realise just how long we are going away for….let’s hope it works out for us else we’ll be unhappy for quite a while!

  3. Loved reading your camping adventures and glad you had fun despite the weather. Imagine how nice it must be when the weather is kind!
    Janet aka Middle Aged Mama recently posted..A Cute Story from when I was Little

  4. Jess says:

    I’m glad you managed to find the positive in that camping trip! I used to love camping as a kid…not so much now!
    Jess recently posted..30-by-30 #15 Visit my brother in Hong Kong

    • Kirsty says:

      I think I was just desperate to get away Jess! Seriously, I did enjoy it but I went in with no expectations so maybe that was the reason why I did end up enjoying it?

  5. Sucks that it rained but it looks as though it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. And wow bringing the dogs, VERY BRAVE! I had a computer free weekend too , for most of it and it was FAB x
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..Wasting my breath.

    • Kirsty says:

      It was fun bringing the dogs along – they were SO well behaved even in the rain and in a strange environment. I just loved not having to do anything at all. And a computer free weekend was just what I needed – will be doing it more often in future x

  6. It poured on our first camping trips as well, but this was before kids and it was half the fun.

    So envious of your big trip and happy to put my hand up for one of the weeks (or more) to help.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..The Perfect LBD 52 Ways | Networking

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Raych – happy to have you as a host. I have someone already locked in for May 4 – you can have your pick of the first few weeks if you like?

  7. Gosh – it is just so wet in those pics! Not a fan of camping at all – ever! Not a fan of rain either…
    Jody at Six Little Hearts recently posted..Health Insurance For Young Families – A Guest Post…

    • Kirsty says:

      Yes it was wet but thankfully the worst of it was on our last morning so we packed up what we could and headed home. I’m heading back up there later this week to collect the tent and some of the other items that were too wet to transport home on the day. Thank goodness for my parents living on site – very convenient for us!!!

  8. Ah, brings back memories of purchasing a camper trailer and being in an overnight downpour in Derby, WA. 2 children and 1 adult had to vacate to the car to sleep as the lilo’s at ground level were floating. Only 1 adult and 1 child could sleep on the upper trailer part and even that leaked under the strain!♥

  9. Suzy Mac says:

    Next time youre frying GF bread on the barbie, you have to try egg volcanos: take a shot glass or a champagne flute (not many of those on a camp site – which is why I struggle with camping) make a hole in the bread, and lightly toast on both sides. I like to add salt to the bread too. (lots of salt)
    Break an egg into the hole and fry it leaving the yolk runny. You can flip the toast and egg but only cook the sunny side for about 10 seconds max. then flip it onto a plate. Your first ‘yolk dipper’ is the toasted circle that came out of the whole. then you get to cut pieces of toast and dip them in the volcano.

    This is my guilty, comfort breakfast, when I say to hell with the carbs and calories; fry that bread!
    Of course none of this works if you dont like eggs.
    lovely post xo
    Suzy Mac recently posted..The Tooth, the Whole Tooth and nothing but the TOOTH!

  10. How cool are you guys taking the pugs with you! Every time I go camping there’s been torrential rain so I pretty much just give up now!
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..Trust your mama instincts

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m hoping it’s not going to be a habit when it comes to us camping – I could do without the mud and the smelly pugs each time!

  11. We camp and I love it but hate the rain… We started on tents now caravan .. Much nicer …
    Natalie @ our parallel comnection recently posted..Am I putting too much pressure on my child?

    • Kirsty says:

      We’re hoping to eventually move onto a camper trailer and then a caravan in future. But for now we’re starting small and seeing whether the camping life is for us. So far, so good (except for the rain!)

  12. Alicia says:

    Now that you have the camping trip from hell, the next one can only be better! At least you know your tent will survive through anything! Nathan really doesn’t look terribly overjoyed in that photo! Walking in wet thongs is the worst 😉

    • Kirsty says:

      It was rather unpleasant that morning for everyone, particularly the poor dogs who were stuck in the rain for a while! Fingers crossed this means that we will have an awesome experience (and a dry one!) next time around…

  13. Zita says:

    Sucks about the weather but sounds like it wasn’t all bad and quite a bit successful in some aspects!
    Zita recently posted..10 things I will NOT miss about Cambodia

    • Kirsty says:

      It was successful. We survived two nights of camping. We had fun when it wasn’t teeming with rain. And the tent came through in one piece. Apart from the weather, all in all, it was a good trip!

  14. Oh how I love camping but hubby, not so much. I don’t even mind if it rains, the feeling of the rain on the tent with torchlight and a good book is exciting. The best investment we ever made to cover our too KMart tent was a tarp which we prop up with poles and some rope, gives us that little bit of extra protection. 🙂
    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy recently posted..How to Improve Your Instagram Photography Skills

    • Kirsty says:

      We’ve now bought some poles and a tarp for next time around – figure that would make things a little more sound and comfortable for us on our next trip away x

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