A “not half term” flash camping trip

Laurence has a quiet time with work at the moment so we decided to take advantage of the ebb and flow of freelanc to fit a quick camping trip in to Wookey Farm, just forty minutes from where we live in Bristol. Packing the car in a record one and half hours, we reflected that once we got there that the campsite was just far away to feel like a change without being daunting.

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When Laurence emailed the farm to ask whether they had free pitches, they explained that there was lots of space since it was no longer half term. Half term. We hadn’t even thought of that. We felt incredibly grateful to be able to take advantage of both the freedom of home educating and the sunny weather.

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This is our family’s third year camping at Wookey Farm. Laurence took Talitha in March two years ago while I stayed home with newborn Ophelia. Then last year, we all went with another family. This year it was just the four of us (well, five with baby in utero) and it was wonderful seeing Ophelia experience the farm camping experience very differently as a two-year-old.

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From putting up the tent to building fires, toasting marshmallows to feeding the goats and donkey straw, swinging in a wildflower meadow to splashing in a river, both children loved every bit of being there.

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I was even surprised that the compost toilets – a bit of an issue for Talitha and I last time – didn’t phase any of us this time. Even Ophelia, newly out of nappies, was keen to use the compost loo though we’d brought the potty along.

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The experience proved a bit much for me, admittedly. I’ve been far more comfortable in this pregnancy than in either of my previous so I felt optimistic about camping but even with all our sleeping gear, pelvic girdle pain hit me in the night. I pushed through it for most of the next day but eventually had to sit in the field while the others went to the river. The change of scene and time outdoors together was well worth it, though.

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As it turned out, the weather was changeable (ah, Britain) so the girls got good use out of the wellies and a parka they were sent by Verbaudet. Both pairs of boots have handles which make them easy and fun to pull on and, better yet, their patterns change colour in water! Cue lots of splashing in puddles when it’s wet weather, which thankfully we didn’t have this time. Talitha’s 3-in-1 parka is lined with a detachable gilet on the inside which makes it perfect for all the in-between weather we’ve been having recently.

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I imagine that this will be our last camping trip all together until the baby is here. We’re planning to camp come September at The Good Life Experience festival which may be its own madness but in the meantime, Laurence plans to take Ophelia on her own some time then the two of them together. I’d like to get a solid bit of one-to-one time in with each of the children (and with Laurence!) before baby number three joins us next month.


6 Comments

  1. June 10, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    Oh, this looks lovely. I’ve been really wanting to go camping lately, but there’s just no way. I know I’d be uncomfortable and pay for it later, so I’m just pushing my camping dreams forward to next year.

  2. June 13, 2016 / 11:39 am

    What a beautiful camping trip and such a stunning location! We love camping but have yet to go this year and cannot wait to be under canvas again. Looks like you had a wonderful time

    Laura x

  3. June 14, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    These are experiences are so precious for you all family. Sorry you’re feeling a bit uncomfortable – I remember that feeling well. Not long now xxx

  4. June 14, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    looks like you had a great time! Home Ed has some great perks!!

  5. June 16, 2016 / 11:42 am

    so gorgeous, this reminds me of camping trips of my childhood (and reminds me again to book a driving lesson so we can do things like this) although I’m not usually a happy camper I love the idea of going away for a night somewhere close and the girls look so happy, really beautiful xx

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