The benefit of moving to the sticks is that you can literally go camping at the drop of a hat. We decided to make the most of a short spell fo good weather here on Isle of Wight, and spent the night at a local farm campsite at Compton. Its about 10mins drive from our house so quite handy if we forgot something! I have been coming to Compton Bay since I was a tiny tot, but I had never stayed at the farm before.
Our littlun absolutely loved it, there was just one other tent in the campsite (which is a long slip of pasture at the bottom of a valley, near to the sea.) The owner says that it get fully booked during school holidays so best to phone in advance at that time. She could just free roam but was always in sight.
a new addition to our van is this old (tool?) box, which we use as a storage box, bench and table. The best thing is that it has a panel on the side as well as the top so you can still access the contents without moving everything on top.
I made a seat pad for it, out of a linen tea towel. It has a zip so I can wash it easily.
anyways, back to the camping...our nipper also loves animals so much which I am very pleased about! She loved to go up to every creature and say hello and 'mooo' or whatever relevant sound!. We couldn't get past this bunch of furry cows (also I was terrified of the massive bull in the middle!) so we walked back and looked from behind the very solid looking gate. I love how these cows can live as a family unit and are free to wander vast hills and eat brambles and nettles, these are hard core cows!
the campsite looks up to the meadow and hills beyond, very pleasing indeed.
she walked miles! We went to have a nosey around the old farm...
They have a very nice modern toilet and shower block on the campsite, but I found this gem of a WC...
(but the only person I'd feel comfortable going to toilet with is my toddler!)
and this stunning green house...
we bought some supplies from the local shop, and we cooked sweetcorn on the fire.
and a nice glass of Peroni!
we stayed up to watch the sunset whilst the nipper was all tucked up in the van.
the sweet williams came with us! £1.50 per bunch of British grown flowers.
after a refreshing game of footy with kangaroo...we headed off to the beach at Cowell.
we had dinner at a beach restaurant (which was okaaay) and strolled back along the beach and found some nice drift wood, then went home to bed.