School started back a week ago here in Atticland, which meant that
Monday last week was the final day of the holidays. On the spur of the
moment we decided mid afternoon to head up to see Connievan, so that we
could spend the very last bit of our holidays surrounded by green
countryside. Oh dear, poor Connie, she is in desperate need of a wash
down, she's looking a bit green!
Despite being warm and sunny in town, it was very odd weather when we
arrived up the dale. The sun was still there, but there was also a lot
of low grey cloud and almost as soon as we arrived, a persistent wet
drizzle set in. It was too wet for the Little Peeps to go and play so we
were faced with an afternoon of uncertainty. It's been a while since we
are all in the caravan together for anything other than sleeping.
Having all five of us suddenly confined to the caravan came as a
little bit of a shock. We've had such a fantastic summer that this is
the first rain we have had to contend with at the campsite, and at first
we thought it was going to be a disaster. The Little People were at a
loose end and didn't know what to do with themselves. But very quickly
things did settle down and everyone managed to find something to do. J
and Little Man had a few speedy games of snakes and ladders, followed by
a few pages in an ancient crossword book (both these things were found
under the seats in Connie when we bought her)
I asked Little Lady if she wouldn't mind reading to Little B, so they
made a blankety nest at the back of the 'van and set to it. She is a
great reader, and managed to make different voices for the different
characters in this Power Rangers story. Little B was suitably impressed
and sat mesmerised listening to her and looking at the pages for ages.
It was lovely.
J got the barbecue going nicely in the shelter of the dry stone wall behind Connievan, and cooked up some scrummy pork and apple burgers (made by our local butcher)....
The Little People toasted marshmallows, then sandwiched them between two McVities chocolate digestive biscuits. In other words, an attempt to make English S'mores.......
....oh get a load of all that sweet melty goodness!!! They were wickedly sweet and sticky (and messy!) and the Little Peeps thoroughly approved. It was a resounding success and I think it's safe to say we will most certainly be making them again.
It felt pretty wonderful to be out of town on that day, surrounded by beautiful countryside and cooking and eating our dinner outside. Being a Monday, the campsite was very quiet and peaceful and the Little People spent much of the time after dinner racing around on scooters, expertly shattering the peace.
And then there was the most amazing rainbow!!! WOW, it was just beautiful.
Family life spent at Connievan is just so special, it's hard to put all of my feelings into words. Being there kind of intensifies everything a little for me I think, so that much of the time I feel like I want to dance a happy jig even when I'm doing something very ordinary like boiling a pan of water to make a cup of tea, or slicing up a ripe juicy tomato.
We have enjoyed a really gorgeous summer season with her in her new home, but I'm also really looking forward to the Autumn time too. I strung up some fairy lights last week and the added cosy-factor was pretty great. Lots of jiggy-jigging (and some clapping) took place with the first Switch On. The campsite stays open through till the end of November, so I'm hopful for some cosy Autumn weekend campouts. Mugs of hot chocolate, lots of snuggly blankets, and evenings sat around the fire (we recently purchased one of these, pretty excited about getting it on the go next time we are there)
I just love love love caravan life so very very much, but then I think you all know that by now. By the way, I'm going to be chatting to you about this amazing book very soon, oh my boat is well and truly floated by the pages inside this cover! Vantastic indeed.