Monday, 8 August 2011

Back to it...


Had a great couple of weeks off. 

The camping was excellent, with the weather turning really hot on our first day.  After a few days of this the kids (and I suspect the dogs) were saying how nice it would be if we had some rain.  Sure enough, the next day say an inch and a half of rain...

On the hottest day we went for a walk that was a bit longer than we intended, and about a mile from camp Custard laid down and refused to move.  The girls decided to stay with him while me and the boys headed for home.  As we walked I was thinking up plans for getting Custard back - he is too heavy to carry!  My best plan was to use one of the campsite wheelbarrows, but there was no need.  A we approached the campsite, Custard and the girls caught up with us - after having a breather, Custard was back on form and had dragged Mrs RC along to catch up with the rest of us!

During the hot spell there was a nice addition - an ice cream van visiting the site each evening.  Very welcome, but this was upstaged when we realised that our trusty village butcher also sold ice cream.  Not cheap, but the best we have ever had, especially the honeycomb one...  Mmmmmmm.

Custard was his usual wonderful self while we were there, but Frou Frou just wanted to chase the chickens who wandered through the site freely, looking for any tasty bits that we had dropped.  It is great having the animals around like that, although having a cock crowing right outside your tent at 5.30 is a mixed blessing :-)

So back to work for 2 weeks, then off for another week, which includes a trip to one of the Universities that Number One Son is interested in going to.  That will be interesting!  Choosing a Uni can be so hard - there are so many things to take into account...

Morning break over - getting back to work now.  Will catch up on blog reading soon!

8 comments:

Margaret Benbow said...

Great account of your trip, I enjoyed it. Custard sounds like a good dog. I too have a nice big dog, our Duffy, who sometimes collapses during a walk and takes his sweet time to recover, snuffing the grass, studying cloud shapes with a blissful look on his face...he always gets up in the end, but I've puzzled what to do if he doesn't. All I can think of is, somehow carrying him piggyback.

Rock Chef said...

Margaret - I want photos if you do end up carrying him like that!

wigsf3 said...

If an ice cream van is visiting the site, it ain't camping, it's just sleeping outside.
And you coulda been doing that for years instead of wasting all that money on your mortgage.

terri said...

I have to disagree with wigsf3. It is TOO camping! It's camping with style!

Sounds like everyone had a great time. Glad you enjoyed your time off.

TechnoBabe said...

So glad you had a nice break and time with the family. The hiking sounds fun. Funny you only work one week and then have another week off. How much vacation do you get each year? Gads.

Ninny said...

I like that kind of camping! Chickens instead of bears, roosters instead of alarm clocks, ice cream trucks with cool treats, even rain when you want it! Great way to spend time with the kids and I bet they enjoyed it, too.

Rock Chef said...

wigsf - Yes, there was a slight feeling that we were going soft - sitting there in our recliners eating ice cream...

Terri - Thanks for the back up Terri!

TechnoBabe - I get just over 5 weeks holiday a year, and most of it ends up getting saved for Summer...

Ninny - It is a great way to camp - not sure I would camp where there were bears. The kids love it - a good break from computers etc.

agg79 said...

I agree with Terri, having an ice cream van show up in camp doesn't diminish the camping - it just adds to the experience. After all, it is not like you were camped out in a hotel with room service.

Glad the family & dogs survived the trip in tact. How did the warren hold up while you were gone?