I've lost my mind!

Yes, it’s official. I really have lost my mind. Look what I suggested we ‘look into’. I had no idea we were actually going to purchase one within hours of my suggestion. Guess he figured he was going to get one before I had time to change my mind. He’s never bought anything that cost more than Β£10 so quickly! There was no great debate, no searching 50 million websites for the best deal-no he saw it, we liked it, he bought it!

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I don’t think he stopped smiling all day. Hazel and Kieran are over the moon with excitement. Hazel has been writing lists of all the places she wants to go and what she thinks we’ll need. Love the number one thing on her list: Food!

We didn’t buy one of the 4 bedroom deluxe models as we thought it’d be best to start smallish. Hazel (and I fully agree!) wants to sleep in with us any way-so it has one large bedroom and the living (?) area. We are only planning on starting with one or two nights at a time.

So any recommendations for VERY CLEAN and small UK campsites would be appreciated! We like Cornwall, the south coast, Lake District and Peak District-but I’ll settle for the CLEANEST places you know. I’ve never been camping before—so what are the essentials? (Besides a few tranquilizers!!)

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14 Responses to I've lost my mind!

  1. Jax says:

    I have a camping list on my blog if that helps at all? Several of us on the blogring have one in fact πŸ™‚

    As for campsites, I haven’t been to all that many I’m afraid so can’t help out there. Perhaps look at one of the overall review sites?

  2. Miss Meep says:

    Oo, lovely – you’ll have so much fun!

    Very beautiful campsites all along the Gower peninsula here in sunny Wales – this is a particular fav: http://www.threecliffsbay.com/

    Happy camping!

  3. Alison says:

    Most places in Cornwall are probably good (the power of capitalism and competition!) – we stayed at Seaview International which was lovely.

    My favourite campsite this year (which I know is booked for the summer, but September might be ok) is Ty Parke in Pembrokeshire – 10 pitches, excellent toilet/shower block.

    Both of those are a bit far for a night or two though!

    We’ve stayed at both Bracelands and Christchurch, Forestry Commission sites in the Forest of Dean – they were both pretty good. Big and well-run, and easy to get to. I’m going to Postern Hill, another FC site near Marlborough, this week – very near! Will report back πŸ™‚ (It has no showers, I know that!)

  4. Sarah says:

    Oooh, for clean – go to the site Merry went to near Launceston (I think) – the most amazingly clean and spacious toilet block I’ve ever seen on a campsite. Will hunt on her blog for the link …

  5. Sarah says:

    Here you go: South Breazle Holidays. Was very impressed when we visited them there!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for all the suggestions! Jax & Alison-we raided your camping lists–thanks!
    Emma–we loved the Gower peninsula when we went a couple of years ago–so will definitely head out that way again. I hope it’s fun–but I’m rather fickle about the whole idea of ‘roughing it’–and need everything to be super-organized and clean. Hence the slight aversion to toilet blocks! So it’s an exercise in getting me to relax and ‘just enjoy’ the here and now, and to be able to do it in clothes that aren’t freshly ironed! (I was one of those nuts ironing the baby-grows!) It may also stop my over packing habit–I usually pack a spare set of clothes, for the spare set of clothes! πŸ™‚

  7. Dawn says:

    How fun! My family is just starting to try to get into camping after being given a tent. We haven’t done more than one night yet. The top item on my list of essentials is mosquito repellent!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Dawn–for a mosquito repellent–we just use Michael! We are safe so long as he’s around–they love him. Poor guy though–not much helps.

    Can anyone recommend a really strong repellent? It’s on our list–just not too sure which is the strongest on the market.

  9. debs says:

    i’ve just done my first weeks camping at the home education camp ‘peak camp’ located at beresford dale, near hartington in the peak district. The whole camp runs for a week and a half but you can start and finish when you like. The facilities are basic – toilets, showers and washing up area but very clean and well maintained. shopping has to be done in the nearby village of hartington. details of peak camp are posted on the east midlands home ed yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/emhe/

    PEAK CAMP 2009 Thursday 25th June – Sunday 5th July

    EO family camp at Barracks Farm, Beresford Dale, nr Hartington (grid ref. 123 586).

    Two large fields for tents and touring caravans.

    Fees per night:

    Adults: Β£2.00

    Children: Β£1.00

    Cars: Β£2.00

    Caravans: Β£8.00

    There is no need to book – families can make their stay as long or short as they wish. Fees are payable direct to the farm, not to EO. However it would be useful if I had an indication of the number of families coming that I could pass on to the farm. There are no pre-organised activities. In the past however, walks, cycle rides, rock climbing, circle dancing and shared meals have all been popular activities. There are cycle hire centres and cycle tracks nearby as well as riverside walks. Offers of shared activities and workshops are always welcome. There is plenty of time to share experiences of home educating with other families and for families and children to socialise freely.

    We do not have exclusive use of the site. Other campsite users (Duke of Edinburgh parties and members of the public) should be treated with complete respect. Normal campsite rules apply.

    Hartington is approached by the A515 either from the North, via Buxton, or from the South, via Ashbourne. From the A515 take the B5054, signed to Hartington. Follow the road through and out of the village. Just under two miles out of the village, and shortly after entering Staffordshire, turn left, following signs for Beresford Dale. Keep following Beresford Dale signs until you near the end of the road. Barracks Farm is on the left.

    if you dont camp that week i can recommend the campsite, its located in one of the most beautiful areas in derbyshire with access to the river dove, beresford, wolfscote and narrow dales, plus many picturesque villages.

    happy camping!

  10. tammy says:

    Hi,
    We really like callow top-www.callowtop.co.uk, it is on the edge of the peak district just outside ashbourne and has a great playground, shop, on site pub, snackbar, laundry facilities and clean bathrooms.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Tammy & Debs for the links! We’ve been shopping for more supplies–it’s really starting to feel real now!

  12. Alison says:

    Okay – Postern Hill (Forestry Commission campsite just south of Marlborough – very easy journey!) was very nice πŸ™‚ No showers, but clean basic toilets. Very pleasant site – quiet, not too big, almost empty midweek, busy but not crowded at the weekend. Plenty of space for the kids to ride their bikes, and a gate straight into Savernake Forest.

    Also Elizabeth, could you let me know if Hazel and Kieran still want to do the Bikeability thing? All the details are on the Berks list, but email me if you haven’t got them for some reason. Thanks πŸ™‚

    Hope we see you soon!

  13. Merry says:

    Very late here but search for South Breazle, just between Okehampton and Launceston. Completely fab πŸ™‚

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