I may have caught the camping bug!


It was only just a few weeks since I last went camping and I went again, this time with kids, dogs and my wife! We went back to the same place we stayed at before, Overstrand, Norfolk. We had a the same 40-year-old tent but this time my wife had her Aerobed and we did arrive with some ‘proseccothetic’ to help with the sleeping.

The dogs had never been to the beach before and they loved it although after a while, Toby, the youngest dog, had worn himself out and needed to curl up and sleep for a while. The dogs were very puzzled by traditional beachside activities, like burying your daughter, and got a bit concerned. After this picture was taken, he tried to dig her up and scratched her tummy!PicMonkey Collage

We had a nice meal on Saturday night and arrived back at the campsite, in the dark, to find much activity and many people running around with head torches. It had become very windy and a few tents had blown down/away and people were desperately trying to secure them before more rips occurred. Mine is ancient and was concerned that I would find a wreck around the corner, but there she was standing proud and straight,   (and decorated in beautiful battery lights) although swaying violently to and from time to time! After lashing the tent down as much as I could, I decided that – caution being the better part of valour – the kids and my wife should sleep in the recreation hut, in case the metal poles snapped and hurt someone. I slept in the tent with the dogs and it was quite an eventful night!

IMG_1744Well the tent survived (and so did the dogs and I – but the dogs slept more or less on top of me!) so in the morning we headed down to the beach to blow away the sleepiness. We had a walk, nearly to Cromer pier which is two miles away) when my daughter was heard to whine. We were about 100 yards away and thought it was just her normal “I’m tired” sort of thing but my son shouted that she had cut her foot badly! I don’t know if was because her feet were wet or she had been paddling, but there was blood everywhere. I had to carry her back to the campsite to administer the first aid and although it only turned out to be a tiny cut, we did think at one stage that a trip to A&E was in store. Her flip flop was almost stuck to her foot so we know she is a good clotter!20160828_090457_resized

All back home now, with lots of washing to do, and no plans for camping in the near future, but you know what….. I’m ready for some more!

Just wanted to mention that Ali and Jill launched Jewellery Month this Saturday, and Ali has designed some truly amazing new ‘I hope’ pieces which will help raise money for Breast Cancer Care, so take a look soon as they are bound to be popular.

Simon X


  1. Marie September 5, 2016 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Simon what an adventure sorry but I did laugh! Love the pictures of your dogs. Pleased you all survived you might all feel like camping again next year!! X

  2. Amanda Austin September 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Glad your daughter was ok, loved reading about your camping adventure Simon, most of all I love the fact that you still have and use a 40yr old tent that most people would have replaced by now for a more modern version, but for me it says a lot about you as a person and values about what is important( (in a good way), I do rememeber these tents being a very similar age to you. Thanks for sharing x

  3. lorraine September 5, 2016 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    hi simon you did make me laugh with your dog trying to rescue your daughter from the sand! those days will be remembered as all the family were together-i still talk about mine 30 years on! a place i will rec is the new forest and cornwall for your next camping trip x

  4. pamela Richards September 6, 2016 at 6:48 am -  Reply

    You and your family will just love Gower on the welsh peninsular what a place to camp also we have loads of relic tents so even she will blend in ,and the dogs will enjoy Worms head what a view

  5. Simon September 13, 2016 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions of other places to camp. I’ve lashed out and bought some long luggage straps to act as storm guy ropes so we can be confident we’ll survive the vagaries of the British summer next year!
    S X

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