Birthday Camping Jollities

A couple of weekends ago, we headed to just outside Stratford-Upon-Avon to meet up with some dear friends and celebrate my birthday. I thought I’d share some pictures from the trip, as most people love a photo post, even though for me it feels like a cop-out because I hardly have to write anything: picture/thousand words etc.

So on with the slideshow. Or scrollshow.

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Camp on the first night. Note the fire pit. Major win.

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Very blessed with kind, thoughtful and creative friends!

We arrived on Friday evening, and the boys and Lucy got the tents put up while I watched and offered “helpful” comments. Normally I would get stuck in, but the tent we bought second hand smelled a bit mildewy and I was feeling pretty disgusted. Anyway, our other two friends arrived, the tents were up, the BBQ and campfire were roaring; we had a lovely cup of tea and some chats, I got given pressies which is always fun, and then we went to bed. Day 1 in the Big Brother Camp is oaerva.

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Yep, we’re brewing tea in a saucepan over a (legendary) camping hob. And it was the best. tea. ever.

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Andrew: best croquet method ever. We came second, but only because the third couple cheated on a massive scale.

This was disgusting and full of all kinds of bugs, but I took one for the team. Or something.

This was disgusting and full of all kinds of bugs, but I took one for the team. Or something.

Day 2: Breakfast always tastes so much better when you’re outside in a field. We had bacon butties and tea, and then headed off to Charlecote Park which was a mere two minute drive from our camp-site. We played croquet, had afternoon tea and then walked around the park itself before heading off to Stratford. Where we did some more walking, more drinking of tea, and more eating.

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There are very few summer photos of Andrew pulling anything other than this expression. The boy needs sunglasses or something!

This was somewhere near where Shakespeare lived or grew up, I can’t remember – I was too busy people watching. Β There was a particularly hilarious group of American students in a Shakespeare gift shop, it was mesmerising.

Our tents overlooked the sunset. Except ours because we pitched it back to front by accident - d'uh.

Our tents overlooked the sunset. Except ours because we pitched it back to front by accident – d’uh.

You don't get much better than this.

You don’t get much better than this.

Day two finished with another BBQ/campfire mash-up, a game of Articulate, some terribly excellent yoga, some more cups of tea, and a game of Trivial Pursuit. We watched the sun set, and then had a fairly early night as we all had places to be the following day so we were up at 6.30am de-pitching tents and packing stuff into cars.

It felt like we had been away for much longer than 36 hours, and Andrew and I felt really refreshed by the time we got home, despite being a bit grubby (neither of us fancied a porta-potty shower). The first thing we did when we got home was have a wash, and then wash everything we had with us!

If we don’t do this on at least an annual basis, I may have to defriend our friends. JUST KIDDING.

Meneksh out.

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