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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

Sunday July 2nd 2017 - Part 2 - A final look round the show ground

Arriving back at the camping fields I parked just inside the entrance and went across to the show ground for a final look round. I managed to catch the last few minutes of the steel band playing in the marquee - they are from a local college and are very very good - then went to see the owls and parrots at Winged World before ending at the fairground. The bright colours of the rides and stalls really stood out in the sunshine and were well worth taking a handful of photos before I finally found something to eat and went back to the van.

Back at the tent I made a brew and settled down with the sausage roll and sandwich I'd just got then after an hour spent with my book I set out to visit my friends Ken and Shelagh who lived just a couple of miles away. I wasn't sure if they would be in but they were, and I spent a very pleasant couple of hours in their company before driving back to the camping fields. Some of my camping friends were leaving very early the following morning so I stopped for a chat with them for a while then finally went back across the fields to my own tent.

As the daylight faded I took Sophie and Poppie for a walk round the top end of the field then once they were tucked in their beds in the back of the van I made preparations to get into my own bed - and it was when I checked my step counter that I got quite a surprise. Even though my actual step challenge had finished two days previously I was still using the counter, and with the combination of walking across the camping fields and round the show ground plus my walk along the canal I'd done a total distance of six miles that day and a staggering 21,339 steps!

The little man in the corner of the counter waved his arms in glee and I thought it was a shame in a way that those steps hadn't been part of the challenge - that really would have been a good total to write on my daily record to show everyone.


  1. Tigermouse, what a lovely time you must have had. Those pictures say it all.


    1. I did have a lovely time, that weekend is always a good one. The colourful fairground rides certainly make some good pictures :)

  2. You had a good weekend with the weather, meeting friends and it does look like a fun event. The birds are lovely. Like you say it's a shame that marvellous step count just missed the end of your challenge, you'd have saved the best 'til last :)

  3. It's a great event, and a charitable one too, and is always well attended on both days. A great proportion of the money raised over the two days is donated to many various charities, to name just a few, Derbyshire Air Ambulance, Blood Bikes (who also had a stand there) Macmillan, Rainbows Children's Hospice and Nottingham Animal Rescue. At the end of each dancing digger display one of the guys drive slowly round the arena and people throw money into the digger bucket, just once round the arena on Saturday morning produced almost £400 in loose change, so four displays produced a subsantial amount for charity :)

  4. All the fun of the fair! Looks great.

  5. It's not a big fair but there's enough to cater for all tastes and it's certainly very colourful :)


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