a few days camping on IOW & Dorset

13 June 2013

At very long last, we managed to go camping! 
We had a week, although we had to go back to London to do some work, so basically three nights on Isle of Wight and then three nights in Dorset. It was lovely although a bit chilly.
My mum retired so we went down to  go camping in her front garden and celebrate with her whilst also watching the annual Round the Island Boat race.

Our babe could be Olympic Gold pebble in the mouth stuffer.

Bonchruch Inn, run by lovely Italian family... very nice cannelloni.

The boats went round really early this year due to the tide, but I must have seen Ben Ainsley go past because I was up with a spritely baby at 5am. This was the view from our campervan rear window...

we also went to Yarmouth for the Old Gaffers festival but we missed the boats as we went on the last day. Anyhow, it was lovely to meet up with the family, and for our tot to meet up with her little cousin.

we had a boat ride in my brothers boat (well, his work boat that is).

all splendid. I had forgotten what sunshine was like.
A few days later, and in review of the weather forecast, we headed on down to our favourite campsite in Dorset.

When I was prego here last year, I remember thinking how lovely its going to be to bring our little'un to meet the peacock and guinea fowls that patrol the farm. And she certainly enjoyed meeting the unusual pheasant type thing...

crikey, I love this place so much!
There were two other tents there when we arrived and they left the next day. Something we said?

everything as usual.

except having a little extra washing up.

and our annual pilgrimage to Lulworth.

and we got to use our new (old) umbrella. It was SO windy we had to put a ton of stones on the pole/anchor thingy, but it stayed up pretty well.

back 'home', Nao scavenged some wood from the owner. Actually the owner of the campsite is such a  kind old man, and he gave us some of his logs and some of his spinach for free.

****ing cold though, there just weren't enough flames licking that log.
The little'un was toasty warm though, don't worry. Wrapped up like an Inuit baby!
In fact she was like hyper smiley, giggly baby the whole time. I think she is an outdoor girl.

I love our babe, I love our van and I love this farm. Thats a whole lot of love. 
...mushy. I must be getting old or turning into a hippie.

p.s. Im planning to do another post all about this campsite in Dorset, like where it is and what its like etc... The owners don't advertise it and are worried at the lack of campers this year (maybe because there is no sign on the road???) and I'd HATE for them to close it down. So start packing your duffle bags now, info to follow shortly x


  1. I love your blog for so many reasons, one of which is you've given me a long list of places to visit, if I'm ever lucky enough to go back to England!

  2. Anonymous13.6.13

    Love your post. You all look so incredibly happy! And yes I would love to have the address from the campsite for the next time we'll visit England again. Greetings from Belgium!

  3. Valerie14.6.13

    Pehr is really charming and so kind ! Thank you for this little trip to The Isle of Wight (seems like a paradise on earth) and Dorset (those flowers…). I hope someday to see this annual Boat race. Thanks again for showing us such beautiful places…

  4. I have wanted to know where it is since you wrote about it last year....I used to live in Dorset and cannot work out where it is, so i would love to know!
    Im so glad you got out and about and the weather was good to you....happy days xxx

  5. Looks wonderful! I'd love to know more about the campsite please! We haven't been camping in toooo long! xxx

  6. Such a lovely blog post! I've been following your blog for a while, and I'm especially interested in all the lovely campsites you go to! Very much looking forward to getting the address of this one, as we may go there when the sun shines again (if ever!) Thanks! Airelle

  7. Lovely photos, esp the 'yachts sailing round the isle in as white ribbon' shot. I would love to know where the campsite is. Pehr is growing up so fast.

  8. ooh I thought it was Tom's Farm as that's near my parents and we were hoping to go there soon I'm intrigued if it's not that one look forward to the post about it

  9. This all looks idyllic.

    A perfect get away.

  10. i am forever longing for the life you all have. you live in such a beautiful place and have access to such calmness and nature. what a lucky pehr!

  11. Anonymous14.6.13

    All I can say is well done to both of you! Pehr is such a beauty and how fantastic that you guys take her on such beautiful adventures in your fab camper van! No wonder you are so full of love. I can't think of a better way to feel! There is not enough of it in this world at the moment..... All the best to the three of you from Ruth in Dublin.

  12. absolutely gorgeous set of photos... your babe is so adorably plump and perfect! sooo cute! love her little tent-side bath.

  13. Anonymous14.6.13

    Each and every one of these photos are utterly beautiful!

  14. beautiful photos as always, I love reading your blog, it's so happy! xx

  15. Miriam14.6.13

    yes please do post about the site! it's looks lovely :)

  16. Beautiful photos! This makes me so homesick for the Isle of Wight which is where I grew up too. I need to get back there soon for a visit. Looks like you had lovely weather. :)

  17. you have the cutest baby ever!

  18. dear artemis, miss your post lately. wondering what you are up to recently and then I saw your post just now! so many beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing, it must be a very good trip, camping...seaside... nature...everything are so wonderful. pehr is as usual so cute :D happy :D

  19. Love the shot of Pehr peeping over your shoulder! Cute :)

  20. Oh Artemis! I just loved this post. It fulfilled my crazy obsession with wanting/needing/pining to move to the UK and travel all around your stunning country getting up to pretty much exactly what you got up to! So glad you're going to advertise a bit for that GORGEOUS Dorset site... That looks awfully dreamy. Thank you for taking the time to do bloggy stuff in amongst the business of bub and work and life! We love it!!! Xx

  21. Anonymous16.6.13

    Cant wait to find out where this campsite is I'm in Somerset and this is just a nice distance to load up the car of a weekend and head down to the coast so await the post all about it Thank you.

  22. Anonymous17.6.13

    There just hasn't been enough good weather this year

  23. Anonymous19.6.13

    Precious.. :)

  24. Wonderful photos, adorable baby! Lusting after that marvelous tent :-)

    1. Linda20.6.13

      Wow - that post was like reading a really great magazine. You guys are stylish and beautiful! The babe on the grass was tops. thanks for sharing this.

  25. Uh.. excuse me ... would you like to adopt me?? ♥

  26. Adorable countryside bath photo!

  27. Gorgeous spot for camping. Might also have to reconsider my 'no-camping' policy!

  28. Your blog is amazing, as is this post! I love all of the photos. Will check out the camp site for future adventures of ours.

    P.S. About 10 of your blog posts just appeared in my Google reader.. not sure why it hasn't been updating but now I have lots of catching up to do! :)


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