I have been thinking about getting a tent for some time. I had been discussing it with my husband, thinking it would be a great way to get off the beaten track and explore some of Britain cheaply over the Summer. I must admit I do not have much experience with camping. An exhibition in primary school is one of my memories. We trekked along the Antrim coast, carrying giant rucksacks and camped in small tents overnight. I remember square pans into which a tin of beans and sausages was emptied and warmed up over a camping stove. The scenery was stunning, the carrying rucksacks hard work. It is a great way to see the Antrim coast and the Giants Causeway, getting off the beaten track.
When I was a student we set off on a road trip to explore Britain, packing a tent into the car and travelling down South to visit Glastonbury, Stonehenge and other parts of Britain. Places we had read about but never visited. We camped in fields for the night and had a great time.
This weekend my husband was talking to my son and said, “How would you like your friend to come round for the night and you both stay in the tent”? The idea must have really grabbed him because the next thing I knew he announced that his friend was coming for the night! I was taken aback. His friend was coming to stay in the non-existent tent! Luckily I had been looking at tents the other day and had found a reasonably priced 4 person one in Asda. This gave me the push I needed to go out and buy one so I rushed up to Asda and bought a tent and a couple of sleeping bags.
Here it is, in the garden, the dog was a bit surprised. Having bought the tent, the next challenge was to pitch it. When I was younger tents had straight poles and were triangular, this was a round dome. It did take me a while but I got there in the end. It even stayed up all night.
The two boys were really happy, and spent ages blowing up air beds and sorting out their sleeping bags. They got a load of snacks and a torch and spend the night outside, looking for wildlife. I think it is going to be a great buy for keeping them amused over the Summer. I even managed to take the tent down the next day, although fitting it back into the bag is another mystery. I am sure it has grown in size.
Now I have a tent and will travel. I just need to plan where to go, and buy a camping stove and some square pans! Have you ever been camping? Where would you recommend?