That was a song brought out by the Nolan Sisters in 1981 - sorry, it was actually 'dancing', but 'camping' seems more appropriate for today. I can't believe that it's a whole five months since I last had a camping weekend - no wonder I'm suffering from withdrawal symptoms!
After a winter full of snow and the last three days being very wet, the weather today has been absolutely glorious. Blue sky, fluffy white clouds and sunshine, and actually mild enough to go out with my tracksuit top on rather than my thick jacket. Lunchtime saw me taking Sophie and Sugar for a walk round the playing field not far from home - the field is in an elevated position and the day was so clear I could see for miles over the hills of the West Pennine Moors. I did three circuits of the field with the dogs following behind, sniffing and exploring as they went, then stood for several minutes looking at the view. About a mile and a half away as the crow flies sheep were grazing in a field and far beyond there, about eight miles away, the blades of the wind turbines on the moors glinted as they caught the sunlight. Birds were singing in the nearby trees and it was so warm in the sunshine that it really felt like a spring day - hard to believe that it's still only February.
The lovely weather really put me in the mood for camping, and if I could have set my tent up there and then I would have done! I was very tempted to get away this coming weekend but I have too much to do here at home. My thoughts turned instead to places where I'm thinking of going to this year - Anglesey definitely, California probably, the Scottish Highlands possibly, a couple of tractor shows and who knows where else? One thing's for certain though - wherever I end up I fully intend to enjoy it. Roll on spring!
- Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it