Perfect moments

When the rain starts 5 minutes after you get back to your tent after a long warm day. When your 3 year old picks up a diabolo lying on the sward and can almost work it. When you speak to your other half and say a friend went on a supermarket run so you asked […]

Keeping God’s hours.

Well nearly 😉 We tell visitors that we rise with the sun. I was awake at 4, but I didn’t crawl out of my lovely warm sleeping bag until 6, to do a bit of remedial work on the page’s jerkin. Morning’s are worth it here. Today we’ll be welcoming school parties from neighbouring counties. […]

De stuffocation and a digital detox.

It’s Kentwell time. I’m not ready. I’m never ready. I trudge through my days frittering time away and then suddenly panic that the deadline is upon me. I don’t know why I do that. I think I’m getting worse at it, or maybe it’s just that there are more of us to get ready. (Where […]

My camping emergency kit

I took up camping way back in 2004, and for the first few years, the most we needed in the way of emergency kit was a newspaper to stick in the doorway and a dustpan and brush for removing excess sand. In more recent years though, I’ve experienced split poles, torn tents, and leaks. And […]

The last camping trip of the year – win with Equip+

Will take place next weekend, and sadly, I won’t be on it. It’s Tudor Michaelmas at Kentwell Hall. Tim is going to chop wood. Big will be in the Still room, and Small will revise his role as a page. I decided that it was too late in the season to risk with the very […]

Saving the pennies and saving the pounds.

Thrift is a big part of our day to day life here. Partly because I don’t like waste, partly because with six of us at home every pound has to be persuaded to go that little bit further. So reading on Tattooed Mummy that Money Supermarket are looking for £30 ways to save a pound, […]

Summer gratitudes.

Camping holidays with friends old and new. Good books to read in the sun. Grubby children sleeping through the night. Friends who collect the wine you forgot. Internet connection where you were told there was none. Shared elation over Olympic triumph. Sunshine after a sudden storm. Above all, I’m grateful for a life that allows […]

Norwich Camping

As I believe I mentioned earlier, on our way to our recent camping trip we stopped off at Norwich Camping to buy a couple of things. Amongst our purchases was a melamine crockery set and an Outwell Calabash Picnic Rucksack. While we were away, one of the melamine mugs cracked, and once we got back, […]

Blickling hall.

While we were camping at Deersglade campsite, most of our friends spent bank holiday monday at Bewilderwood. As a family we didn’t fancy that – we’re not good at queuing, and I had a feeling queues may be involved on a bank holiday. Instead I’d taken both our National Trust and English Heritage handbooks and […]

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