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In addition to my LATELY posts… a regular weekending post has been on my mind for ages, as I’ve long admired the wonderful Leonie’s project The Weekend That Was. My thought was to get the summer out the way and begin in September and see how long I can keep it up… as I’ve wanted to create a space here to keep a record of our weekends.

So it begins…


Landed Friday afternoon at the campsite found by Josh and Dianna, for our 6th annual camping family extravaganza… it grows with more friends each time… this year there would be 42 of us – children & adults.

Dinner was a glorious collection of one pot yumminess- dahl, chilli, veg curry & Anna’s exotic rice. Followed by prawns and samphire by Marc. And conversation round the fire.

Lazy Saturday morning in the tent, holding onto my last lie in of the summer… Listening and watching through the open tent door, at the milling around doing breakfast… and the boys preparing to go fishing.

The afternoon was glorious blue skies and lots of sitting around. A little birthday party for Dottie turning 3, with musical statues and an enormous pass the parcel… Plus balloons and party hats.

Afterwards, swim action for some… others played with Rosie’s Tattoos… and onto a golden time as I run through the fields with some of the children.

Dinner was a ‘whole camp on deck’ affair… Everyone busy cooking on the fire, BBQs and every gas hob possible. A feast of salads, meat a plenty and jacket potatoes that took forever to cook. Delicious!

As darkness falls, a small sing a long commences, with Ky helping us by accompanying on guitar. Many songs sung, and hummed if we didn’t know the lyrics… Who would’ve thought “In The Jungle” who be one the song to get everyone singing.

Some of the bigger children, who had been playing cards in the tent, made fun of us singing, by carrying on singing even louder! whilst making enlarged shadows illuminated in the tent.

Sunday – large whole camp brunch – eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, toms, and beans. Epic and cooked by all (even those nursing hangovers), devoured in minutes.

Quick pack down of the site, as an important North London derby football match (boring!) was taking place at 4pm. We rushed home to meet Jake, Bill & Su… Sadly our team lost.


That was my weekend… how about you?


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