Monday, 29 June 2015

This Is Why We Have Weekends




We spent this last weekend camping in Derbyshire with our friends from Leeds and it was completely glorious. I am still floating.

We drove up after school and work on Friday night, arriving at about 9.30pm with just - just! - enough daylight left to put the tent up. It was a mad rush and a nightmare journey which included us having to turn back due to a road closure and pull over on the hard shoulder because something was flapping out of the top box on the car roof. But Saturday morning dawned bright and warm, just as you'd want it too, and we ate breakfast outside. With our friends, all 28 of us embarked on a walk in the countryside surrounding the campsite. After a few hours some of us peeled off and went back for lunch, others stayed and walked longer. I spent the afternoon lazing around in a meadow with magazines and drinks, chatting about this and that. It was too hot to work on the crochet I'd brought with me. As the sun dropped, fires were lit and more bottles opened. Someone had the good sense to bring Pimms. The children who'd been largely absent and feral for most of the day, coming back only for food, returned filthy and suntanned, ready to toast marshmallows. 

There was a perfect moment when the sun was setting, when the atmosphere was convival and easy and warm, which I wanted to go on for ever.  One of those rare and magical moments where time is suspended. Happy children, happy adults. Food, drink, warmth, laughter, friendship. This is why we have weekends. And fire pits.

Of course it rained on Sunday morning and so we had to pack up a damp tent, and the journey home was long, and the washing mountain is huge, and we are all very tired. And all the jobs I would've done over the weekend didn't get done, so I'm playing catch up there as well. But was it worth it, just to sit in that meadow with our friends for a few hours? Absolutely.


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Doesn't my crocheted blanket look at home in that tent? I was glad of it's warmth this weekend for, while days were largely sunny, the nights were still cool. It's too nice to be folded on the back of a chair, it needs to go on my bed and so, as some of you suggested, I'm going to buy some more yarn and crochet some more rounds on the border. But not any time soon, because it looks like warm weather is coming. YAY!  (Shh, don't say it out loud, it'll get scared and run away and normal British Summer will resume.) It's time to get out the paddling pool.

37 comments:

Jennifer said...

It looks like a perfect weekend for you and your friends. I'm glad you had a good time and that you came home to soon-to-be-better weather! The amount of driving you do always amazes me. You make it sound so easy too. My hat is off to you. :)

Bronwyn said...

You had much better luck on your camping trip then we did on ours! It rained all weekend where we were and we were unable to get outside at all! Luckily there was an old schoolhouse near our campsite that was left open so we were able to huddle in there and cook our simple (toaster only) meals. I crocheted. It was cold enough. Oh well. It looks lie I am living my camping dreams vicariously through you this time! XXOBronwyn
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Anonymous said...

How wonderful! Perfect canping weather. Your crochet blanket looks great in the tent, at first i thought you'd gone glamping! Its worth making the effort for thats for sure. Have a wonderful week!

JaBCreations said...

What a perfect addition to the camp bed. The blanket looks gorgeous!!

Librarian said...

Normally, camping is not my cup of tea, but your pictures and description makes me want to have been there, too. Such beautiful countryside, and your tent with the blanket on the bed looks immensely inviting. Wonderful, and definitely worth the long drive and all the catching up jobs to do!

Gillian said...

Your blanket really does look great in the tent. I haven't been camping for years but it was always great fun. And the children enjoyed it so much - always hungry and then exhausted by the end of the day. You need to take the opportunity to get away for weekends like this even if it does mean piles of washing and things not done when you get back. I'm hoping this heatwave really does materialise for we've planned a family BBQ this weekend!

sandra gilbert said...

Your Saturday sounds like bliss, fighting the traffic on a Friday night is unfortunately part of the weekend get away, we headed south this weekend and all I will say is M25 Friday night! I think it makes you appreciate the peace and quiet even more once you get there.

Lucy's Cottage said...

Gillian, this post is wonderful. You told the story of your weekend beautifully and the photos are fab :) So glad you had a wonderful time. It looked perfect. Best wishes, Fiona - Lucy's Cottage

Lisa said...

The photos summed up the fun, food and friendship shared by all.
Lisa x

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said...

You know, I've not really ever fancied camping as a grown up but you've made it sound pretty appealing here I have to say. Ok the washing mountain is a bit of a downer but otherwise... 😉

S x

Ali Whale said...

We bought a caravan after too many days huddled in the tent in the pouring rain but when the weather is warm and sunny I would still rather be in a tent. So I know that feeling you describe very well x

rachel said...

Ahhhhhhhhh, utter bliss.

SaraJ said...

Sounds wonderful. Except I'd have walked to a B&B down the road at the end of the day! Enjoy the sunshine this week. X

The Creative Academic said...

Looks a fabulous weekend! Great photographs...one reminds me of an Angie Lewin print. The paddling pool is officially out here :) have a good week and enjoy the sunshine! xx

Gina said...

Your blanket looks fabulous in the tent... And it all looks and sounds like such a perfect day it could almost make me want to go camping!

CJ said...

Yes, today will definitely be a paddling pool day. What a lovely weekend you had, it sounds perfect. Enjoy the rest of the week. CJ xx

Attic24 said...

I have some wonderful, similar memories of a camping trip to Bakewell with good friends about 6 years ago, there were 24 of us and we did just exactly as you described. The mass barbecue cooking for 24 people remains memorable, as does the feeling of your stomach hurting from laughing too much. Happy days :)
Totally agree about adding more rounds to your blanket - a deeper black/white graphic border will suit it beautifully... perfect autumn project x

Jacqui Galloway said...

I'm going camping this weekend. Hope I have as much fun as you!
Jacqui xx

the linen cloud said...

Oh your blanket in the tent. I just want to climb in and lie down. Weekends like this are what get us through winter. You are so right to cherish the time spent outdoors in the summer sun. Bee xx

Sharon - creativity and family said...

It looks idyllic. There is something so relaxing about the slow pace of camping. Your blanket looks amazing in the tent, perfect! x

Jacqueline said...

Great pics and sounds like you had a brilliant time.

Anonymous said...

Your post made me smile. I have very happy memories of camping with friends when the children were younger. It's what it's all about. I'm so glad you had a good time. And you'll have this lovely post to remember it by. Sam x (PS your blanket is gorgeous)

Ingrid Orens said...

What a fantastic weekend - 28 friends camping ! That is just great !! I must say, the interior of your tent looks very stylish - it even looks a bit like those fantastic nomad tents in the desert (but with a different coulour palette) !
And of course, rain when going back home :-)... I cannot remember one single camping trip in my life where my tent came back dry !

Amy at love made my home said...

What a wonderful weekend!! So glad that you enjoyed it and had such a great time! Your blanket looks wonderful in the tent doesn't it! xx

Anonymous said...

Oooh what a fabulous-looking place that is. And yes, warm weather here we are; our paddling pool was well used today!

Gracie Saylor said...

So glad you had a great time camping, Gillian! I didn't want our last camping trip to end several weeks ago either and am hoping I can camp at the beach in a few weeks. I got a tent on sale this past weekend so I won't have to borrow one next time. I love that you took your beautiful crocheted blanket with you...pretty and practical! I just crocheted a few headbands, while camping...too busy enjoying the creek and woods and campfires and such. :) xx

Karisma said...

We recently went camping and it was so nice to visit and eat with good people. Your blanket looks so wonderful! It makes your tent look so inviting and cosy! Glad you brought it along. I feel that handmades need to be out and about as we experience! Thank you for sharing! =) ~ Aloha

Dominique said...

I am in love with that crochet blanket, it is beautiful!! It looks like an amazing spot, I haven't camped in Derbyshire since a rather disastrous DofE trip 25 years ago. Maybe it is time to try again x

Emm.A said...

The blanket looks so gorgeous! Seems like you had a wonderful weekend! Summer has arrived in Austria as well, finally! And I'm really looking forward to a lazy weekend at the lake! :)

Penny said...

Perfection X

VeggieMummy said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend and your blanket looks so lovely in the tent. Here's to more sunny weather. xx

Annie Cholewa said...

How marvellous that all looks!

Jo said...

How did I miss this post??? The blanket looks marvellous and I just want to be there in one of those deckchairs by the smokey fire. Jo x

Sarah said...

Looks idyllic! I haven't been camping in years - possibly since my last music festival. I suspect we'll be going at some point but it'll be a whole lot comfier than I remember. Grown-up camping means being more prepared than cans of cheap beer and a musty old sleeping bag.
I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. And I do love a bit of fireside photography!
S x

driftwood said...

what a truly magical looking weekend x

Katie said...

looks like a brilliant weekend, and that blanket looks wonderful in the tent x

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