I debated whether it was too predictable to write a blog about New Year’s Resolutions but thought “sod it”, so here goes.
In 2014 I want to continue camping. That’s the very basic one. Husband is currently revolting (I’ll set ‘em up, you knock ‘em down) and threatening to renege on a commitment to join friends in Cornwall for a week or so in August. Apparently his New Year’s Resolution is to learn how to use ebay so he can list the kit. Don’t worry, it’s not happening.
We will need to do something in the school hols as we’re going on a big metal bird in May for a special holiday for our 10th wedding anniversary. We’ve discovered we like it better if we have some company when camping and N & C and their two daughters are great fun. The kids get along brilliantly and so do us grown-ups. We were the ones that converted them to camping, but they’ve taken to it far better than Husband has. They were in Cornwall this summer and plan to go again, so we’re tagging along too. (Note I still say we are tagging along, Husband can get with the programme).
Another resolution is to find a campsite close enough to home to go on a Friday evening on the spur of the moment. We are slowly working out our criteria for the dream campsite. For us it has a playground or open space we can see from our pitch. It’s probably more like a field than one with marked out pitches. We can safely walk to a town or village, both to stretch our legs and to get supplies. Camp fires are allowed. The showers are preferably not on a timer. There should be a pub serving real ale within walking distance. Maybe it also does food. There is also no restriction on the size of tents (owing to our massive 8-man Vango). Somewhere to fly a kite would be good. So, if you know anywhere in Yorkshire which fits the bill, please do leave a comment.
In 2014 I will learn to properly fit the porch we bought in the middle of last year. It has been attached various ways – and did actually survive a massive storm plus earthquake when we were in Wales – but I’m not sure any of them have been the “right” way. Preferably it will be good enough so that it doesn’t rain in, because we have STILL yet to go camping in the dry.
I will also crack our sleeping problem. There must be a solution out there which will give us a good night’s sleep and I’m determined to find it. I think this will be the thing that makes all the difference to Husband’s attitude as he’s not at his best when he doesn’t sleep well – who is? All of the other elements of camping suit him – the beer, the fires, the good company, the outdoors – but not sleeping is affecting us both. We’re going to try single sleeping bags instead of our double and I’ve a cunning plan to use the kids’ big foam jigsaw as extra padding under our self-inflating mats. If that doesn’t work then I’m out of ideas. Got any?
Finally I’d like to look a bit more stylish while camping. It’s vain and I don’t care. I do not like looking like a sack of spuds who has been to the Go Outdoors sale, coated myself in glue and come out wearing what stuck. So I will develop a core wardrobe of comfy & warm kit which I feel nice in. I already have some basics – a duck & down coat (good for the cold, less good in the rain), some stripy wellies and thermals (I know you can’t see these, but they are essential as I’m quite a cold person) – so I need to add practical but stylish stuff to my options. Perhaps a new waterproof coat and some warm jumpers that aren’t cheap fleeces. Oh, and some trousers that aren’t jeans, but aren’t those walking trousers that make you sound like you’re wearing carrier bags. If you’ve got stylish camping sorted, please feel free to point me in the right direction.
Finally, I will finish off the article that I’ve been writing for a certain outdoors magazine since this time last year. Seriously, I’m awful if I don’t have a deadline to work to.
Well, I think that’s enough camping-related resolutions. Have you got any? Or any words of wisdom to help me with mine? Please?