Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Life under canvas

Last week we spent a few more days under canvas (well, poly-something anyway - I still dream of bell tents!).  A couple of days on the Dorset coast, by the "moonfleet" I remember so clearly from the book dad read us as children.  An amazing campsite, with far-reaching vistas across the Fleet, as well as a well-equipped play area with the best views from the swings anywhere in the country I reckon!
Do you remember the director's chairs I renovated a couple of weeks ago?  Well, disappointingly (but entirely unsurprisingly) they wouldn't fit in the car, so we sat on our less-stylish clicky chairs (functionality over form).  But I did manage to bring along a little deckchair stripe style.  The chairs were previously slung with some very dirty old and faded canvas.  
After removing it I popped it in the washing machine, and it turned out the underside wasn't too faded after all.
Perfect for some outdoor bunting to brighten up our non-bell tent, along with the camp flag I made earlier this summer.

After a couple of days in Dorset, we squeezed everything back into the car to head west to Cornwall.  Another great site near Falmouth with acres of spaces and in walking distance to the beach at Maenporth - perfect for an energetic toddler!

I don't have the words to express just how much I love camping.  Sharing this with PLH and the boy is so much fun; it is oh so worth the effort in packing to go and the mountains of washing when returning home (although many sites do seem to have a washing machine these days - we haven't quite got around to using them).  Quite nights sat outside eating yummy food from the BBQ (or gas stove), chatting, reading, playing cards and watching the last rays of the days light away.  Heaven.

Note:  I should mention that it was not all sunshine - we did have a little rain and a fair bit of Cornish "mizzle" on our last day which resulted in lugging a wet tent home to dry out.  But then being out in the elements is just part of the fun isn't it?!

Kate x

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