Hello folks, I am back from the green, green hills of Derbyshire, from the appropriately named Greenhills Holiday Park. We are all a little tattered after our three nights camping it has to be said, but still enamoured with tent life. Even though we actually no longer have a tent. Even though our tent was ripped beyond repair by howling winds and ended up in the skip. Camping is still Great!
I mean, just look at these views, how can you not love waking up to a view of green hills, trees and yellow buttercup fields?
Plot number 17 in Hawthorn Field was our home for 3 nights and for the most part it was lovely. Scenic. It was even sunny on Saturday when we arrived and I took these first few photos look. But even when the sun was out it remained cold. I spent the weekend dressed in almost all my clothes all on at once, layer upon layer of woolly socks, teeshirts, jumpers, fleeces and jackets. Luckily it remained dry until our last night, but the wind.....oh my, the wind was a monster. It howled and gusted and blew through the place like you wouldn't believe. Some folks lost tents completely, others (like us) just had a bit of ripping and shredding and flapping. It was ferocious, but we didn't mind too much because we were on holiday and with friends. And the weather should never get the better of you.
My Oxfam blankets hardly ever left me, I wrapped myself up in them day and night. Here we are, blanket and I, with our morning cup of tea. Waiting for bacon and eggs to cook. When we camp, J does all the cooking. I don't think he trusts me with the gas stove, and thats fine by me, Blanket and I can just stay snuggled up together and wait for hot food and drinks to be handed to us.
The windy days are full of walking, playing, chatting, laughing, exploring, picnicing, reading, crocheting, tea-drinking and general merriment. And as the evening approaches we move on to beer and a barbecue supper. It involves a surprisingly small amount of organising actually, to cook for 12 Big People and 12 Little People. The men light the fires, stand around drinking beer and manage to cook a staggering amount of meat and meat products. The ladies sit down under the gazebo to drink beer and open up bags of salad, crisps and bread rolls.The Little People run riot. And somehow it all comes together and we enjoy a lovely meal.
And after dinner has been cooked and the barbecue coals are smoldering nicely, we supervise the Little People with some marshmallow toasting.
All twelve Little People are snuggled in bed by 9pm and we light up more barbecues to provide heat under the gazebo. Blanket and I are best buddies and we stay up chatting and drinking and laughing into the night with our friends.
Now then, what do you think of this most beautiful tart? It came from The Bakewell Tart shop and was the one thing we bought home with us.
The Bakewell tart is a traditional English baked cake native to the town of Bakewell. The tart consists of a shortcrust pastry shell, covered in jam and covered with a sponge style filling enriched with ground almonds.
And it tastes bloody good. Rich and moist and sweet. Put the kettle on and make a cup of tea to go with it and we can sit in front of the fire. Indoors, home, cosy, and not a wisp of wind. I do love camping, but coming home again is bliss.