A family day out!

My family of Dutch ovens emerged from their hybernation in the shed yesterday! Daddy pot, Mummy pot and Baby pot all got a sterilising bath of boiling water.

But it was more of a family day out than that!! COVID rules where I live allow us to have garden visitors, so my cousin came for lunch under the gazebo!

We had a simple lunch of sweet potato soup warmed over the fire and with the help of Paul Hollywood, we had freshly baked rolls to accompany it! Such a simple idea, not sure why I’ve never thought of finishing par-cooked rolls in the dutch oven before.

And of course food always tastes better outside!

L

This is not an April fool…

I have a new challenge – 1000 hours outside by this time next year!

Here’s my pretty colouring chart to keep track of my progress – you’ll see that today I managed 1 hour!

It’s really a challenge for children – but I forgot to grow up!

We all know it’s good for us to get away from the screens, get out in the fresh air and spend some time in creation…so print your own tracker and join me!

1 down, 999 hours to go!

L

Now here’s someone who really has embraced his inner goat!

Max’s friend Rick gave him his tent before he died and made Max promise to have an adventure – so that’s what he’s been doing. Max has been camping out since 29th March 2020 and he is going to try and do a year!

Not only that, he’s raised tons of money for North Devon Hospice in the process… and he’s inviting children across the world to join in Max’s Big Camp Out today (Saturday 27th March 2021) – either outdoors if you have a garden, or indoors in a home-built den!

Goat’s love outdoor adventures – top work Max! We’re impressed!!

L & R

Spending more pennies!

In the last post, I told you about our new toilet, but you also need to think about the other toilet accessories you will need to purchase e.g. toilet brush, bin, cloths for cleaning, extra toilet roll etc.  We put ours in a little basket to keep them altogether and stop them falling over.

But most of importantly you need a toilet tent! 

For us, colour was an important factor – we like everything to blend in. 

After that we needed one that was in stock (there was a rush on them due to the pandemic!).  We went for Kampa – the colour is good, you will either love or hate the icon on the door!

It’s pretty easy to put up, but we did break one of the bungs on the end of one of the ceiling poles very quickly.  We like the little added details of a pocket to hold the toilet roll, a further pocket for storing other bits and pieces, and the ventilated roof!

Hygiene is obviously very important, and even more so in a pandemic, so we have also added a hand-washing station to our set up:

The funky water carrier with tap attachment is by Colapz.  It works well for handwashing, although it’s annoying that you can’t use the last bit of water due to the height of the tap outlet. As the name suggests it packs down small, as does the shallow collapsible basin.  The little table is by Outwell.

Our encampment is now en-suite – the height of luxury! 

R

Time to spend a penny

Yes, COVID spurred us on to invest… in our own camping toilet!

Previously we thought this was a bit excessive but the experience of an unpleasant toilet this last summer, combined with the importance good hygiene with respect to the virus, made us change our minds.  The convenience of not having to trek a long way across a field to the toilet is also great.

After a bit of research we opted for Thetford excellence electric flush. Thetford has a good reputation, which gave us confidence to invest.  This model has a larger waste tank so less emptying (although tank gets heavier in between empties!).  What with a proper seat, an electric flush and an integrated toilet roll holder, it is almost as good as toilet at home!

An important consideration is that you need space in your car for transporting it.  The waste tank and flush tank can be separated or there are smaller models available, but get your tape measure out before you place your order.

You need to get special chemicals and toilet rolls. I dose up on waste tank chemicals and water before the trip so that is ready.  Also dose up on flush tank chemicals but Thetford advise not travelling with full flush tank so water gets added at camp site.

At the end of trip, after emptying waste tank, I add tank cleaner so that it is doing its thing as I’m driving.  The movement is very good for this apparently!

New for next season will be sachets of chemicals – making dosing at the campsite easier and reducing the space needed for transporting chemicals.

R

One for the Wombles

We’ve lots of followers in South West London – and in these days of restrictions on how far you can travel for exercise, I thought you might like to know about the Summerstown 182 blog .

The name relates to the 182 people on the memorial in St Mary’s church Summerstown which commemorates people who died in World War 1. However it covers lots more of the local history and has 25 self-guided local history walks you can do as your lockdown exercise.

Today I did the self-guided walk called Frankie goes to Collywood and it was very interesting. Learning about the history made my daily exercise walk in a familiar area much more fun.

Hope you’re all finding small ways to keep embracing your inner goat during lockdown.

L

Santa knows what goats like!

Somehow you don’t need to write a letter to the north pole for Santa to know what to get you for Christmas. I received these lovely camping related gifts!

When I’m sitting in my armchair warmed by my pretend fire, this cushion helps remember where I’d rather be!

A COVID camping essential…

And best of all I highly recommend this book as essential reading before embarking on next seasons camping trips!! Needless to say Mr Strong’s camping trip doesn’t go smoothly and we can all learn from his disasters!!

Happy New Year!

L