Wednesday, 3 June 2009
i've just spent a few days camping with my family on a campsite with fantastic views of robin hood's bay. the weather was perfect for camping, sunny, hot and no rain!
we've been camping for a number of years and one thing has remained the same; no matter where we've been camping whether it's a small farmer's field, a large site with the latest facilities or a music festival there's always a strong sense of community amongst the campers.
there's something about being stripped back of all your homely possessions and comforts that seems make people more accessible, approachable and friendly. sometimes its the smell of cooking bacon that gets comments from your camping neighbours, or the need to borrow the mallet you've left behind, often it's a chat about your tent and how easy (or difficult) it is to put up. the best discussions take place around the washing-up facilities (not many tents have kitchen sinks!) or on the way to the shower blocks in the morning.
but at the end of the weekend we go back to our homes with garden fences that block out our neighbours or we jump in our cars to drive to the supermarket and we've lost that temporary community feel.
have you tried camping? what are your thoughts? it's simple all you need is something to sleep under - a tent, something to sleep in - a sleeping bag and something to cook on.
if you haven't tried it and would like to, you can borrow my tent if you like.