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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

Wednesday May 6th 2015 - A - Z Reflections

Well, I did it - I completed the A - Z Challenge and survived with my brain and sanity still intact. 

I wrote the first seven posts in late March and scheduled them as I would be away for a few days over the Easter period, then the rest of the posts were written the evening before the day they were due. Most of them were fairly easy to write, though I had to improvise on four of them as I haven't yet camped at or visited any places beginning with the corresponding letters - and there are certainly no places in this country beginning with X.

I must admit that having a very busy work and home life meant that I didn't have the time each day to visit as many other blogs as I intended to do, but even though the challenge has officially finished I'll still visit more as and when time allows. Two things I did notice when visiting other blogs - many of them had titles which bore no relation to their content and some, which I initially found quite interesting, had given up after the first half-a-dozen or so letters which was a shame as I would have liked to read more.

Two problems which I experienced while doing the challenge - for some reason Google Chrome wouldn't let me 'follow' any Wordpress blogs so I had to bookmark those I was interested in; I had no problem at all with Blogger blogs. Also, as I'd altered the settings on my own blog to allow others to comment, I received a ridiculous amount of spam comments though strangely none of them were on any of the actual challenge posts. I did consider altering the settings again but that may have stopped genuine readers from commenting, so for the sake of a month I put up with the spam - needless to say, I have now reverted to my previous settings. 

All in all, doing the challenge has been very enjoyable and I've found some interesting new blogs to follow and comment on; I've also gained some new followers on my own blog. A big 'thank you' must go to Arlee and all the other organisers and minions for their hard work in making the challenge a success, and to those bloggers who commented on my blog - and now the challenge has finished I can finally get round to writing about, and posting photos of, my two most recent camping trips.


  1. You did a marvelous job with the challenge! I'm glad you enjoyed it and met some new folks. Looking forward to reading about your latest trips!

  2. Thank you.

    I've been itching to write about my Easter trip ever since I got back from it but I just didn't have the time to write that and the challenge posts at the same time - and I've now got last weekend's Anglesey trip to write about too, so watch this space as they say :)

  3. Hey Eunice,

    You did very well, my kind friend. Although I personally have some issues with the A to Z, kudos to you for making it to the end. Well done and happy adventures, your way,

    Gary :)

  4. Thank you Gary, I hope you and Penny enjoyed reading my ramblings :)

  5. Landed here on your blog today as I make my way around on The A to Z Road Trip. I have luckily never had much of a problem on my blog with spammers. I hope you do the challenge again. See you out on The Road!

  6. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like what you've read. I may not do the challenge next year, but never say never :)

  7. I found them this time, sorry for being so stupid last time, it was late, my brain was frazzled and that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it lol. I really liked your camping theme, I used to love camping, haven't been in ages though! I particularly liked your post on Thorepeness, it sounds like a lovely place to visit.

  8. I'm glad you eventually found my posts and like the one about Thorpeness. It's a very unique little place and definitely worth more than one visit.

  9. Hello there.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge!
    I hear you about the spam...it was ridiculous on my blog! I did disable anonymous commenting a few weeks after the challenge, but I put it back for the same reason you mentioned. Just popping over today from the Road Trip.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

  10. Thanks for popping over and commenting. Sorry it's taken so long to reply but I've been away since the beginning of the month on more of my travels, which I'll be writing about soon. I do hope you'll pop back and read about them.


I really appreciate good comments - who doesn't? - but due to a recent tide of spam from anonymous readers all comments will now be moderated, and only those with a direct bearing on this blog will be published. I'm sure my regular blog readers/commenters will understand the need for this - and to anyone whose comment isn't published, you know why.