camping in dorset again

6.8.11

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yes more camping! Im sure you must all be so bored with our camping trips by now. We are simply addicted to the outdoor life, everything is simple and peaceful when you are living in a tent!
We went back to Dorset for a few days, in search of some sun and a dip in the sea. We left London quite late, and after a couple of hours in the car we went in search of a campsite. 
One after another, they were all full due to a local Regatta which we didn't know about, and i started to panic, frantically searching on the iphone. At last i called one and an elderly man answered the phone, and said to go on down and make ourselves at home, £10 per night with hot showers included! Anyways, that campsite turned out to be the best one ever!

we set up our camp, there were just a couple of other people there, and lit the fire and got on with the cooking.

in the morning we were awoken by a peacock, and some strange clucking noises which I never thought could be from an animal. I unzipped the tent and found these cute spotty birds roaming around the field!
I have since found out these are Guinea-fowl. Waaaaaay to lovely to eat surely?
And how amazing is our neighbours tent and bunting!

you can never be 100% on holiday when you run your own business, so Nao bought his office too...sending emails to Tokyo.

our new teapot...

and bathroom...

the next day we went to Lulworth cove, we went there before{see this post for more pics of Lulworth}.
We bought a blow-up dingy, and we rowed all the way around the cove, and then again to get ice cream & crisps. We had a picnic on board!

i did most of the rowing because Nao did the driving.

on the way back to the campsite, we had a look at the tiny village we were staying in, it was just like a time warp. We bought some pickled onions, nectarine & plum jams and some sweet peas by the roadside.


the facilities at the campsite were quite amusing...
but just our style!

a romantic mushroom...

we went for a little wander through the farm we were staying on, intrigued by the exotic bird sounds and harvesting of sweetpea flowers.

there were more toilets and showers in old pig sheds.

and lovely old greenhouses, a magical place indeed, I was very curious as to what goes on here and who would own such a place?

I bumped into the peacock,  and followed him...

...and he led me to more delights!

a tiny old garden nursery in full operation, but nobody around...hmm...

well, the next day we met the owner, a 70 or so year old gentleman, who told us about his passion for growing plants and the birds he keeps. He has parrots and budgies and love birds and all sorts. he said when the peacock does his display by his enclosure around teatime, the parrot opposite tries to do it too!
An extraordinary gent, and such a beautiful and magical mess of a place he has! It was like something out of a  story book. {but dont ask me where this campsite is because it is a secret, sorry!}

in the morning we went off to Chesil beach near Weymouth. It was extremely windy and cold, so after a quick look, we went on to a more sheltered beach instead.


Ringstead...



and had more boat outings, I think we are addicted to boats now too.

after a lovely peaceful evening, a horrendous monsoon fell upon us! I have never heard rain so loud but we were all snug and dry in our tent. We had a tea and breakfast indoors before working out how we are going to pack up everything in the pouring rain!

But amazingly we did it, but we were quite soggy. However, it was dramatic but strangely exciting, and i could have quite happily stayed all day in the tent listening to the rain whilst drinking tea and eating cakes!
Cant wait to go camping again soon, oh yes indeedo!

46 comments:

  1. oh wow, what a lovely tent! can i ask you if it's a new one, or one of your many second hand treasures?

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  2. I'm really enjoying your posts this weekend! I will never tire of your camping posts. I've never been camping in my life - but you make me want to! I love this glimpse into your world :-)

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  3. sounds like a lovely trip, the peacocks are so pretty! x

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  4. Where oh where did you go? My fella and I went down to Devon for the weekend and woke up to a drizzley campsite choc a block full of half naked, damp, crying children and a pervy campsite owner who aksed me to go skinny dipping! Please, please help us avod that in the future!!!

    Lovely photos too :)

    xoxoxoxox

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  5. Magical indeed, you lucky peeps! Plimsoll all on her tod then?

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  6. No way we're getting bored of your camping photos - I love them! I can't wait to go camping this summer!

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  7. What a brilliant use of a bread board... genius!......The Dorset coastline is pretty and fab, we live just up the road....so I think I will go in search of those 75p posies!
    Nattie x

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  8. I see I'm not the only one in love with that tent!
    Looks perfectly civilised. camping this way.
    We have too many biting insects where I am to enjoy it quite the same.

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  9. This post is both lovely and enchanting. We are fellow campers here and are heading out next weekend. I am always eager to go. Your little campsite and photos just brought such a smile to my face. Wonderful!!

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  10. Melanie6.8.11

    If I knew camping could be so exquisite, would have asked my husband to do so years ago, sounds like such a perfect getaway.

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  11. Everything you do is a visual feast! I could live in the gorgeous campsites you create!
    The things you and Nao do and what you like,remind me very much of my daughter and her boyfriend....just gorgeous!!! xx

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  12. Wow! What a camping adventure. I love it. The photos of the town are so beautiful.

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  13. I always love what you get upto, and this hits the mark - loving the peacock and the amazing flowers. Don't even get me started on your tent - very different from the drab ones you buy in outdoorsy shops:)
    A xx

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  14. i enjoy your camping trips! they look like a fairytale : )

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  15. Good girl, getting two camping trips in this year. Like you my work has to come with me but the beauty is you have the pick of the best offices. The campsite looks a good one. www.beachhutcook.com

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  16. I will never ever get sick of posts about your camping trips! Truly marvellous! xo

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  17. I love to follow your camping trips :)

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  18. I love seeing your weekend adventures! That does look like a magical campsite!
    Rachel x

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  19. Anonymous7.8.11

    I love your photos.

    Couldn't help noticing the random booties and angling of the pictures of you...

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  20. Anonymous7.8.11

    Oh dear...they're your knitted slippers aren't they? *blush*
    So sorry. They looked small in the pic...yeah I'll shut up now.. Oops!

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  21. your tent is AMAZING!

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  22. What a stunning farm to stay on - simple and a little bit crazy (peacocks, really?). I love that you just bought a boat, perfect!

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  23. So different to camping in australia in the desert :) love that you always have flowers on your camping trips - the way it should be!

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  24. I think that you have a GOOD life together
    ♥RINI♥ love from the Netherlands

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  25. Hmm, now where can that campsite be? You were almost on our doorstep ... would love to find out where! Lovely pics as always. M x

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  26. I'm so in love with your camping posts! Every time I read one, I feel like I've been on a little vacation myself! Truth be told, I've never ever been camping - but your adventures make me want to give it a try!

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  27. Oh geez, your photos are amazing! May I ask what camera/lens you use? My parents took us to a campsite every summer, I'm no longer going along since I'm but I have such warm and wonderful memories :) x

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  28. Bliss - reminds me why I used to love camping so much. Yet to try it with kids in tow, doubt it'll be as calm and romantic somehow, but fun. Loved the idea of the dingy too. That place as if time forgot it seems idyllic, what a lucky man creating a small piece of heaven like that.

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  29. Would you not even maybe share just a little bit? By email? Secretly? With people who have a terrible weakness for bathrooms in fields?

    peonies@btinternet.com, if you are feeling at all generous...

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  30. How do you find these places?! It looks amazing! And we will never tire of these posts - although it just makes me jealous!

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  31. Your camping adventures are my absolute favourites of your posts, thanks so much for sharing them with us. They seem so lovely and dream like.

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  32. Ohhh that all seems so great! Your tent is awesome, the surroundings are smashing.. all is good! Hope for you, you can go soon again!

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  33. this is all unbelievable! the tent, the gardens, the birds, the little town.. everything looks so beautiful! i want to go here. what a lovely post.

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  34. Oh Wow how beautiful!Your blog is so inspirational. Two wee kids cramp our style camping these days- hopefully again soon!! Jo :)

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  35. I agree with Cara. Please share the details :)

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  36. Oh wow, what an absolutely divine camping trip! Everything about it, the peacocks, the teapot, the adorable little bunch of flowers is absolutely sweet! Thank you for bringing us along on your little trip.

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  37. Hi Artemis, I have a question and don`t find the place I can ask you, so I post a comment. Just want to ask you, if I can share some of your camping photos in my blog, of course mentioning the author and blog. Can I?

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  38. This place looks so so magical! And your tent is super amazing, love it!
    Sally

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  39. read this story earlier and thought you might like it after seeing your photos of the dilpidated nursery! Sorry it's Daily Mail! Really fascinating though! (camping hol looked fantabulous by the way :)
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2024314/Time-capsule-cottage-Left-untouched-decades-unique-snapshot-rural-life.html

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  40. try bridport vintage market next time your in dorset!!

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  41. W.O.W - what a magical camping trip. I want to do things just like this! Gorgeous tent BTW x

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  42. sussexgardener19.8.11

    I know where this is and it is as lovely and wild as it looks here - beautiful, wish my tent was more like yours though!!

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  44. less words but the photos tell that you had a lovely experience. your food on the grill looks delicious!

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