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Camping equipment

Chop chop! Slimline solutions for camping equipment

Our biggest challenge when camping was the packing. Getting everything to fit in the car was definitely an interesting experience and took Husband several attempts, so anything that saves space is most welcome. As a firm fan of Pampered Chef…

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A new addition

Meet our latest addition – a pretty swan neck tow bar beautifully fitted by Indespension (Leeds). It took them all day as they had to document every step for the company handbook – apparently it’s the first Kia Ceed the…

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Sizing it up – what’s the formula for a perfect trailer?

So, how exactly do we calculate the volume of our camping gear? Is it tent x cooker + airbeds + table & chairs = volume?
Or maybe tent / approx percentage of full space when pitched?
Or do we draw out the shape of the gear on the garage floor? (We once did this when planning a new kitchen in an extension. I bought chalk and Husband got boxes from the supermarket and we built a scale replica. Yes, we are a bit mental.)

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Winter maintenance

Winter maintenance

You probably know by now we’re new to this camping malarky. We didn’t pick the best year to start – being the second wettest on record and all that – but hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. So this is…

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Solar-powered tent. Cheating or genius?

A friend brought this to my attention the other day. Now at first glance I thought it was a pretty cool concept. It’s a solar powered tent, although I note it’s not yet in production. Anyway, my first thought was…

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The return of the Michelin man

I think it’s already on record that I like shopping. I’m not sure when it became a leisure activity – I don’t remember my mum brightly announcing “We don’t need anything, but let’s go shopping!” when I was growing up…

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The trailer trauma

It was the strangest thing. Husband emerged from the bathroom, Camping Magazine in hand, and asked whether we should go to the Caravan and Camping Show. I nearly fell over! He then proceeded to name a few bits of clothing…

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Car trouble

I don’t want to appear ungrateful, I really don’t, but I think we might have a problem. Husband is lucky enough to have a lease car, which means we get the use of a new car every four years which…

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Turning into my mother – the joy of thermals

As a girl in my early thirties I often catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and think I’ve seen my mum. It might be the staple mother-in-law joke, but for me it’s certainly true that if you look…

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Is it too early to say the C word? (Christmas, that is)

I always try to get to November before thinking too much about Christmas, especially as Husband’s birthday is at the start of that month and I don’t want to over-shadow it with festive frippery. But my mind is wandering almost…

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