Monday, 9 January 2012

The camping chronicles - The glamping edition

We strayed slightly longer from home for our week long camping extravaganza between Christmas and New Year's than we did in October. All the way to Lake Munmorah* near Budgewoi**

Each time we camp with the crew we get a little bit better at it. We pack smarter (we actually managed to fit everything inside the car this time and didn't need to take two cars! Having said that we did forget the towels...), the kids contribute to the set-up a bit more and things run smoother.

I menu planned this trip and shopped from the pantry before we went to the supermarket for our supplies and only had to purchase 20 things (which lasted the entire trip without any wastage). Frugal and scrumptious, but nothing fancy like our fellow campers who were serious glampers. We are talking table cloths, fennel, solar powered lanterns and coordinated outfits.

I teased them for the first 24 hours and then lapped up the luxury, learning as much from the masters as I could. Glamping is great!

I prepared everyone for the obligatory rain and our kids were allowed to take two toys each (and their scooters). I took them some books and their craft supplies. Despite much deliberation about which of their prize Christmas gifts they would take with them, they spent precious little time using any of them. The rain never turned up for the party.

Instead their time was spent making up games, playing cricket, scooting, fishing, jumping waves on the seashore, swimming, bushbashing and generally making themselves scarce.

I had forgotten how absolutely awesome it is to camp sans rain. I hadn't been so relaxed in a long time. There is nothing like the sea breeze, a dip in the ocean, a few lazy afternoons punctuated with gin and tonics (courtesy of the glampers of course) and quality time with family and friends to brush your cares away.

New Years Eve went off with a bang and as we took numerous drunken group shots*** using the timer function and patted ourselves on the back for being the 'funnest' group in the whole campsite with our sparklers, glow sticks and disco tunes, we planned to do it all again next year.

How were your holidays?

* All the cool kids were there. We camped next to Polly and Woz from The Block.
**Does anyone else remember the bagging poor Budgewoi used to get in the Dolly Magazine in the 1980s? I kept getting the giggles every time I saw it written down. It is the small things...
*** We are regretting these now that they have found their way onto Facebook!


Photographer Mum said...

Are you serious? Polly & Was from the block! Cool. My sister in law would be jealous, she loved them.
Glad to hear you had fun on your trip, even better there was no rain! I love camping, it's so fun :)

Leah said...

Looks wonderful - I'm craving camping right now. I remember Dolly and Budgewoi - is it really pronounced Budgie Woy? That's how its been in my head forever.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all :)

Amba @ Team Mummy said...

How fun! Lucky you, they seem like such a lovely couple!

Maxabella said...

I'd forgotten about Budgewou. Didn't the Dolly editor at the time grow up there or something?

Glad you guys had such a great time. x

Miss Mandy said...

*** But alas they did not make it onto your blog!

Coal Valley View said...

So glad you had an awesome time and happy 2012!!! Mel x

Mum on the Run said...

Camping is the best (well, in relative terms because I wouldn't knock back an all expenses paid overseas tropical resort holiday either).
You've inspired (and reminded) me.
Off to book our next trip.

Megan Blandford said...

Sounds like a great trip. We did some camping and 4WDing - always so good to get away from everything!

DancingInTheRain said...

That does sound like a great trip - i look forward to sharing a sans rain camping trip with you in the 2012!!

PinkPatentMaryJanes said...

Stop it - you're making camping sound fun!

Hinterland Mama said...

Sounds like so much fun!
Just discovered your blog. I AM a Mama who makes people out of pipecleaners *smirk*. But "good food, good conversation and a good laugh" sounds fantastic to me! ღ

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

The outdoor fun kids make themselves is always the best!
I'm not a camper, but you make me want to be, it sounds like you had a lovely time.
Hope the relaxation vibe stays around for a while.

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Sounds very much like our summer holiday. Lovely pic of that beach at the beginning.

We allow only two toys each as well and usually find they rarely get played with.


Mama of 2 boys said...

Ahhh it's what Summer holidays are made of isn't it! I think you're a wonder being able to camp with 4 little ones, but as you said, you get better at it the more you do it. Love this term 'glamping', I have heard it bandied about a bit of late. We were also stunned and relieved to experience our holiday sans rain... hallelujah!

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