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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

In Memory Of Kip

The sun was shining brightly as you ran along the sand
Your mum was close behind you with your lead held in her hand,
But you were having too much fun playing your own game
And you went too far to hear your mum when she called out your name.

No-one knows what happened but you ran right out of sight,
Your mum was really worried and she called with all her might.
Hours and days she searched for you and every night would pray
That tomorrow she would find you and it would be a happy day.

Lots of others joined the search and kept their fingers crossed
That everything would be okay for this blind dog who was lost.
And then one day the news came that the search need be no more
For your poor bedraggled body had been found upon the shore.

It seems like you had lost your way and gone for a long swim
Then God reached down and took you up to Heaven to live with him.
Many tears were shed that day and many hearts were broken
For this blind dog who was loved so much, and words could not be spoken.

The sun was shining brightly as we walked along the shore,
Forty, fifty people there, and maybe even more.
The lifeboat sailed along with us - its captain and the crew
And all the people on the beach had all turned out for you.

As your mum sprinkled your ashes in a line along the sand
A rainbow came across the sea, sent by God's own hand,
And as she looked up to the sky your mum did softly say
"Sleep tight sweet Kip, you're safe now, I know you'll be okay"

Although the poem is my own my thanks must go to Rebecca Ashworth of http://www.sitstaycapture.co.uk/ for allowing me to use this lovely photo which she took on the day of Kip's celebration.


  1. Hello, I found your blog on ukcs, my username is Eileenhoops

    I just want to say a huge thank you to you, I've spent the last 2 evenings engrossed in your blog, so much so that my husband actually said to me are you ok ? ive not seen you this quiet in ages lol.

    I have absolutely LOVED it!!!! wonderful, Im married with 3 children 15, 23 and 25 and will never drive due to a medical condition,but hubby drives and also cant walk very far, though i do try. i love camping , tho we only go once a year to the same place ( new forest ) and for about 12 days!! I have laughed and cried and mostly smiled reading this blog, i can just imagine if i could drive this would be my life!! im in awe of all the photos and am just so thankful to you for every last detail and actually feel as if im there every step of the way, our dream one day is to own a campervan and travel all over the whole country and this blog has inspired me even more

    thank you so, so much xxxxxxxxxx

    Eileen x

  2. What a lovely message, thank you, and yes, I recognise your name from UKCS. I wondered why my blog stats had shown a sudden huge increase in the number of page views over the last couple of days - now I know it's probably been you! lol. I'm glad you're enjoying reading it and you like the photos. I'm still in the process of catching up with my last Anglesey trip which was just before I found out about Kip being missing - it's taking a while but I'm getting there. Then I've got my weekend in Northumberland to write up so more photos to come yet - and your comments will encourage me to keep camping and writing.

    I hope one day you realise your dream of a campervan and lots of holidays around the country - and maybe you can write a blog too. It's cetainly a great way of combining several hobbies!

  3. Simply beautiful! From one dog lover to another, thank you. x

    1. A special poem for a very special dog - glad you like it, I hope others do too. I know Kip's mum did.


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