Friday, 20 February 2015

Camping 'round the corner


When you are camping just around the corner from home you can strip it back to the basics. A tent, some sleeping mats and bags, a few folding chairs and an esky full of food. We were able to leave the trailer at home for once and still strap a couple of surfboards to the roof. With the Statewide fire ban in place we even left our camping stove behind, planning to cook a few sausages on the barbecues at Cosy Corner. We were a little over zealous in our precautions, but fortunately our friends didn't mind sharing their pan. And we were all queuing like bleary eyed addicts for our morning coffee in the carpark of the local cafe when it opened after the inevitable broken night's sleep in the tent.

But the memories we took home were little snippets of pure adventure. Hours spent playing in the stream as it cut an icy track through the sand to the sea. Walking on the beach while the grey sea surged beside us at sunrise. Surfing in the breakers with my boy, and digging a trench while the summer sea breeze blustered around us and whipped our hair into our eyes. Then those few moments of silence once the kids had all climbed into their sleeping bags, listening to the waves crashing behind the dunes beneath the gently shivering blanket of peppermint trees, before we followed them into our green cocoon of a tent. All this a twenty minute drive from our front door. This is why we live here.









5 comments:

  1. Camping close to home is SO good - I loved this little story. We like to go camping (a long way) north a lot, as it is where we used to live, but as far as the kids are concerned, I think they are just as happy camping at home, or around the corner. And because there is minimal organisation and packing required, everyone is happy. Did it feel even better because you managed to slip in some camping during the school term? After reading this I feel inspired to get out there next weekend when my husband is back from travelling. To take, or not to take the trailer is a subject of constant discussion here - I so love to be without it but it means a stuffed-full car and roof wrack! And we have a Black Wolf tent too - aren't they fantastic!

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    1. It did feel good to sneak in a night in the tent during school term. Same bike trailer, and same tent, I suspect we might both be closet gear freaks!

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    2. Outdoor gear is definitely my weakness, only now it's all for the kids!

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  2. Haha...I love this convo about tents ;) We have a black wolf turbo tent. I love it :D
    And how good is it to live somewhere where you can holiday in paradise close to home!
    Gorgeous photos...you're kids look so happy and relaxed xo

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    1. Ah, the Turbo. No way I could fit my family into it, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming. We had our previous (smaller - two children back) tent ripped up in a coastal gale in the mid-west and were told a Turbo was the only tent that could have withstood the winds. I do love ours though - it is so well designed and made. And I believe you have some rather nice camping spots to explore in your neck of the woods! x

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