15 July 2013

camping + kiddo




So considering we worked hard all weekend at the jumble, and there was a British 'heatwave', it would be rude not to go camping during the week. We drove down to our favourite local beaches (Camber and Birling Gap) on the south coast and stayed at a farm in between the two.

Our tot had her own tent, inside our tent. ahem ahem...*please note the new storage solutions for the van/tent* a new concept for us.
(This cot is good, but easy for little one to tip in over and roll about hamster ball stylie, apart from that, it was perfect.)


we pitched our tent over looking the pond with the terrorising very friendly ducks so we didn't have to look at all the caravans, England flags, electric plugs and shower block ; )





I must mention this amazing canvas bucket bag from The Mariner's Supply Company. I absolutely love it, and it has a cotton lining so its easy to dust out sand and half bitten grapes that lurk in the bottom. The company makes bags in Falmouth, Cornwall, which is where I did my Fine Art degree (many moons ago). I shall be buying more of these bags when I have the funds as they are useful for just about everything.

anyways, back to the story... after some very exhausting duck chasing, day two, we went to Birling Gap, which I have blogged about before a few times, so sorry if out trips are getting repetitive. 
We built our little one's first sand castle, and she had a dip (well, her toes that is) in the sea (well, puddle that is)









It was perfect, all rounded off with a non-negotiable cream tea, then back to the tent for a fire and glass of something. It was difficult to get the babe to sleep because she was so excited, and she loved crawling round and round the tent, as everything is on the floor, this was a bit challenging. But, as long as she enjoyed it, I am happy to oblige.


we had a quick walk around the village the next day, and a visit to Pevensey Castle. However, blood suger levels were at critical low point and there was no tea and cake to be had there, so we left rather quickly to find the nearest pub for lunch.




In the evening, we took the nipper to see the other animals on the farm.


I can tell you, these little piglets nearly went in my bag for smuggling home, until I caught sight of the mamma. Not a quite a painting shall we say? But charming in her way.




I loved this little black and white pony, all on its ownsome : (

Unbelievably cute four legged friends.


and gorgeous evening walk past the meadow.




ahhhh....camping! why bother with all those taxis and airports and little plastic bags, and noisy tourists palarver, when you can stay in good ol'Blight for £26 for three nights in 30 degree heat??


I feel more camping urges coming, so once we get our work done for the week, we'll be back in the van and off somewhere else I'm sure.

30 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning! I miss those summer trips I used to do back in Finland. Summer is so special up there :-)

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  2. Lovely as always - nice to see Nao rocking a bit of cable-knit in the heat!

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    1. Ha ha! it wasn't that hot in the evening. This is England after all!

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  3. I agree, who wants to sit on a plane getting all dehydrated when there's lovely places to go right here! Your talk of Cornwall has made me want to go back...I got onto the Fine Art degree in Falmouth too, but I decided to go to Leeds as I thought living there might take the magic away...a visit is in order, I haven't been since Easter! On annother note Pehr's little smile is too cute! xxx

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  4. beautiful. everything...
    cannot wait to see if your camping adventures bring you as far north as us - open invitation xxx

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    1. oh yes!! we will get that far one day (if our van can make it!) x

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  5. looks like somebodies had a couple grand days out! gorgeous: the baby the piglets the summer light.....!

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  6. Your photos look so warm and lovely from a cold and wintery Tasmania. I look forward to the next one!

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  7. Pehr is growing up so quickly. Lovely photos, makes me want to skip duties for play by the sea.

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  8. love nao's brown jumper and pehr's sweet face meeting the pony. papa m took o-o camping a couple of nights ago, the kiddo refused to go to sleep, insisted on a nocturnal 'bear hunt'! what size is your tent? can you get a canvas partition to create 'rooms'? x

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  9. You two should buy a little place in the country.

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  10. Anonymous16.7.13

    Your daughter is so adorable, I love the pic of her in her little tent! I love reading your camping stories :)

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  11. Pehr's huge smile when she is looking at the pony is the sweetest thing ever! England is a lovely place when the weather is on our side.

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  12. Love that tent. Cute to see Pehr laughing at the pony.

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  13. ah yes... another tantrum on it's way for sure! ♥♥♥♥♥♥ :-)

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  14. Amanda16.7.13

    Camping trip looks awesome as usual :) you really should write a book and embellish with your yummy photos!
    I notice a sturdy baby carrier, any recommendations? Taking bubba to camp bestival and haven't figured a safe way of getting back to the tent tripping over guy ropes with a dead weight sleeping boy to carry ;) xx

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  15. Anonymous16.7.13

    Talking about unbelievable cute...
    Your little one enjoying the animals is beyond cute.

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  16. I haven't popped by to your blog in such a long time, so i just wanted to say congratulations on the new addition to your family, so cute! Cate, x

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  17. As someone without camping gear at the moment, nor van, nor lovely places to stay near lovely places that serve cream teas....your posts satisfy some longings that I can't at the moment. So appreciative!

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  18. I didn't want these photos to end, so gorgeous and I love the mini tent, ridiculously cute!

    x

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  19. What a great trip! Love all the farm animals, looks perfect.

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  20. lovely post!! amazing photos... so wonderful to see pehr growing up and having such delightful adventures. those baby animals on the farm just killed me, what a lovely getaway! i keep meaning to ask you about your tent... it's amazing, just amazing. i'm not sure if it's vintage or if it's possible to order one - would love the tip! xoxo

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  21. I'm so inspired by your camping trips (and your amazing photos), you make it look so easy..
    My friend's letting me borrow her camper van for a week-end so I think we might be following in your footsteps.. Where exactly is this place?? Would you have a name/phone number for me?? Thank you!!

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  22. Your tent looks amazing!

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  23. Oh my goodness, those little piggies! I have always had a soft spot for them. You make camping look so wonderful and cosy. I would love to have my own camper van one day so I can go on adventures like yours! And little Pehr is growing up so quickly! Her smile is adorable!

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  24. I love your tent and Pehr's mini tent of course, it looks so cosy and homely. Lovely photos too, looks like you had an amazing time away. Pehr's little face smiling at the pony is so very beautiful, what a cutie! :)

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  25. Cutest animals ever and oh my, look at Pehr's adorable face looking at them! <3

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  26. Anonymous20.7.13

    What a very lucky little girl, perfect family! X

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  27. I too would love to know where you got your awesome white tent! :)

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  28. Artemis, do you mind me asking if your tent is from Karma? We'd like to buy a bell and would love a recommendation. I am totally coverting your camping equipment !

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