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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

Saturday March 26th 2016 - Rain, rain, more rain and wind

I woke that morning to the sound of rain on the tent and a very cloudy grey sky; it seemed that the sun from the previous day had decided to go awol. The first dog walk of the day was a very quick one down to the site entrance and back then after breakfast, and with nowhere to go in the rain, I settled down to watch one of the dvds I'd brought with me. By lunch time though I'd had enough of being cooped up in the tent so I decided to drive down to Corwen village and have a look round the few shops. I needed to get a replacement plastic tablecloth for my camping kitchen unit and thought the home-and-hardware shop in Corwen might have one; I was out of luck though, there wasn't a plastic tablecloth to be seen, so I drove back to Llangollen to continue my quest there.

With the rain showing no sign of stopping I dodged in and out of various shops but still couldn't find what I was looking for, though in one of the charity shops I did find a 4-dvd set of a tv series I used to watch years ago; it was new and only £1.99 so I got it to watch later then returned to the van and drove back to the camp site. It was early evening when the wind started - huge and prolonged gusts which roared through the trees surrounding the site and battered the tent from all sides. With the continuing rain I felt like the dogs and I were completely marooned but the tent was pegged down as securely as it could possibly be and it had survived high winds on other occasions so I didn't let it worry me too much.

After another very quick dog walk I settled down to watch my new dvds - and for anyone who's never seen The Golden Girls then you don't know what you've missed. I don't usually like American sit-coms, I don't find them remotely funny, however The Golden Girls is somehow different. Okay, so it's an old series from the 80s/early 90s but it doesn't seem dated and it really is funny; I watched all the episodes on the first dvd before it was time to take the dogs for their pre-bedtime walk. The wind was still howling but the rain had slackened enough for us not to get too wet; I'd just timed it nicely too as not long after we got back to the tent the heavens opened with another deluge, though snuggled in my bed later on I didn't really care what it did. I was disappointed that I hadn't been able to get out and about and take the photos I'd wanted to but tomorrow, as they say, was another day.


  1. I'm not sure if that was part of Storm Katie or not. According to the weather forecast I saw it wasn't supposed to hit until Monday, though Monday turned out reasonably nice once the rain stopped.

  2. It must be awful to be in a tent whilst it is raining. But I guess it's all part of camping.

  3. Bad weather when camping is something you learn to accept if you camp regularly, and a well-made tent very securely pegged down should withstand a lot of punishment.I don't find it awful being in the tent when it's raining, if I've got something to occupy me I don't mind it but it's just frustrating when I've planned to go out somewhere and can't.

  4. Typical Bank Holiday weather. Such a shame to be cooped up while you're away.

  5. Just one of those things I suppose, though this Easter was such a complete contrast to last year when I stayed at the same site - it was wall-to-wall sunshine then for the whole of the break and I got some lovely photos while out and about.


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