12 August 2012

the cotswolds again

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last weekend { yes it took me a week to get this post up!} i went to the Cotswolds with my husband Nao, in our van. The forecast was for a lot of rain, but we packed out tent as well just in case the sun came out. We had a great time, I love the Cotswolds after our first trip there last year





we stayed at a fish farm! It had huge big ponds everywhere, with ducks, rabbits and donkeys.

I made Baked Bean stew with onions, tomatoes and fresh herbs. I get a bit fed up with those fancy camping cook books that encourage you to make a chocolate souffle or whatever. I think when you are camping you have to eat simply with ingredients that don't go off over night, and don't involve lots of washing up and endless ingredients. Really anything tastes good when you are outdoors, as long as it is hot ; )




















we ALWAYS have brioche for breakfast, only when we are camping though.

The campsite cat came into our van...I though it was such a cute cat until the owner said that she killed all the ducklings this spring. Not so cute anymore eh? But to a cat, that would have been a pretty sensible thing to do...humans do it all the time!


*Please note: this is NOT Plimsoll*

The best thing about having a campervan {apart from the rain proof factor} is that you can stop anywhere and have everything you need...

We spotted a a lay by with a beautiful field.

we ate a LOT.




the dramatic cloudy sky suddenly turned blue and shiny.











sadly, it was too muddy to put up our tent so it remained on our roof rack the whole trip. Maybe next time it will get an airing.
On the way home it started pouring with rain, and our window wipers stopped working! We stopped at Blenheim Palace and wondered how to get back to London without wipers. We even thought of attaching string to them and pulling them form the inside! Luckily the sky cleared and we made it home in no time. We don't usually go camping when its rainy so our wipers are a bit ropey...time for the garage for the van : (


I have a bit of a back log of blog posts to catch up on, so I will try and get them done in the next couple of days.

22 comments:

  1. I'm sorry, I'm having real problems with blogger today, it scrambled all my photos and writing, weird! so I had to delete the last post and repost it.
    Sorry if any comments were lost!
    Artemis

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  2. The Cotswolds looks stunning, sounds like you had a fantastic time xx

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  3. It was through a link to your Cotswolds post last year that I found your blog.

    Have a wonderful Sunday,

    Natacha (from Luxembourg)

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  4. The Cotswolds are so beautiful and I love the way you have captured them, your images feel almost magical!

    Jem xXx

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  5. I just love following your adventures in your camper van & that bean stew looks great.

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  6. Once my aunt and uncle were driving my sister across Ireland and it began to rain. The wipers in their old car (I want to say triumph but I don’t know why?) didn’t work either and so Diarmuid attached string to them and Noirín pulled as he drove. This was probably over 20 years ago though, I don’t think you’d get away with that today!

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  7. Your camping-posts are always a treat to me! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photo's & stories.
    xoxox

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  8. Looks lovely...we are on our summer holibobs at the moment so we may visit the Cotswolds...will have to go in the car though as our campervan is poorly sick at the moment...we should have been coming home from a weeks camping in Cornwall today but we didn't make it...last Saturday left home at 4am only to return 6 hours later after a round trip to Hopwood services at Birmingham...c'est la vie...the joys of owning a vintage camper...we love her though x

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  9. Oh I just love your camping trip photos! Makes me wanna buy a van and hit the road!

    http://theas-vintage.blogspot.se/

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  10. ahhhh the english summer! nothing better.

    in l.a. because we have so little rain, most people don't bother about their wipers until it pours and then you have queues outside auto parts shops and rubbish bins bristling with discarded useless wipers. too funny.

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  11. ahhhh the english summer! nothing better.

    in l.a. because we have so little rain, most people don't bother about their wipers until it pours and then you have queues outside auto parts shops and rubbish bins bristling with discarded useless wipers. too funny.

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  12. It looks like such a lovely trip, I love your camping photos! :)

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  13. Your blog actually warms my heart! I love the photo of your van all glowing at night, it looks so cosy and good call on the brioche, delish! x

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  14. you guys properly live a wonderful life, shame about the duck bit though

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  15. Your pictures are beautiful! I love the one of the donkey especially. I have not thought of baked bean stew-such a good idea!

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  16. You always make camping look so good, great pictures as per usual xx

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  17. Your photos are so beautiful! Seems like you have a nice weekend :D always enjoy reading your blog, feels like you can show me places that I never went before ~ it's great :) keep this up!

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  18. Your photos are absolutely breath taking. My favorite part if this whole post is how your cat gets to roadtrip alongside you guys.

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  19. Thanks Katherine, but that cat belongs to the campsite. Our cat would NEVER get in our van sadly.

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  20. Anonymous13.8.12

    Ohhhhh!!!!!just beautiful. I always love hearing about and seeing the wonderful places you visit. Laurie

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  21. Ah this looks such a lovely trip! Love your van as well (and baked beans are definitely the perfect camping meal!) Am currently looking into camping vans to go exploring in too.

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  22. Hi Artemis
    I am a newcomer to your lovely blog and I am in love with your wonderful lifestyle and your sweet family! As a decorative painter living and working in Dubai, I am beyond envious of your ability to pack up your camper van and head off into the country...I am working hard to be able to move to the UK within the next year or so for exactly that reason..to live the kind of life you and your family have...something which is virtually impossible here in Dubai.
    Thank you for sharing and letting us peek into your world!!
    Jules

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