Friday, 28 October 2011

Camping, Back to Reality - and School :)

As you may have guessed I have been AWOL for a week or so.  We've been a bit busy this past wee while, we took the boys on a camping trip last weekend for 4 nights, which was Labour weekend for us.  So this last week has just been settling back into school routine and getting the household and garden back into order (although I still have lots to do yet). Oh and Master 4 came down with Chicken Pox while we were camping so we've been having a bit of quiet recovery time for him.  I must say he hasn't been hit nearly as hard with them and Master 5 so for that I am very grateful!

The kids all went back to school this week as we've had our two week school holidays.  With the Rugby World cup, the powers that be decided they would alter the school terms for 2011 so that the schools were on holiday during the finals. This was quite hard on the children and teachers as we started off with two 11 week terms, just adding that one extra week really tired everyone out!  Then we had 10 weeks as normal last term but of course with the earlier two being longer, these last lot of holidays have been a bit later than normal. Although that wasn't a bad thing as it meant the holidays fell over October and Labour weekend so it was warm enough to take the boys camping. We're now into Term 4 and this one is only 8 weeks so is going to fly by! 

Anyway with our camping trip we all had so much fun! With having the Chicken Pox in our house we all needed some fresh air and a change of scene by the end of the holidays.  We had planned a camping trip a few months back to go with my friend C and her family, so it was all good timing really. 
MrW and I before children were seasoned campers, getting away whenever work would allow us. We loved getting back to basics in every sense of the word, and taking the time to just be.  However since we have had children, we haven't been away camping for various reasons. Our camping style is to go to basic DOC camps where there is no power, no hot water, sometimes no running water and you can forget a flushing loo!

So Thursday last week off we all headed, 4 adults and 5 children to a camp about 40 mins from home - and what a great time was had by all!  It was great, getting out and exploring the beach and we went on a bit of a tramp for the kids to take them up to a lookout above the camp.  What a fab view!

We all loved it, 4 nights away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life.  There was plenty to be done and never a dull moment, and being October and the weather just warming up there were only a few in the campground so we got a prime spot!  We even had my friends husband bring an inverter for his car and their spare TV so we were able to watch the final two games of the Rugby World Cup.  The first game we watched under the stars which was just hilarious, and the Final with the All Blacks vs France, we set up in the tent with all the kids in their sleeping bags which they thought was fantastic! At the end, we were in just the right spot to watch the fireworks going off in the city as the All Blacks won the final game!  How cool (although I will note we have never taken a TV camping before lol).

I was ready to come home by the end of the 4th night and back to my flushing loo, but I'm sure it won't be long before we head off again for a weekend away, and maybe this time the tides will be right to get in a spot of fishing!

We took the kids for a walk out to this Island at low tide to do some exploring :)

The view from the Island

The hill we all walked up to the lookout
The view from the lookout

Rugby under the stars

Mmmm gotta have toasted marshmellows! I like mine burnt on the outside and gooey in the middle :)

Watching the RWC Final

The boat MrW built.  He built one the day before with the children and let it set sail, this is version 2 :)

Sending the boat on its way

So now it's back to reality for 8 make that 7 weeks now that it's Friday with school routines and Master 4 should be all crusted over and can go back to kindergarten on Monday.  C's 3 children all came down with the Chicken Pox this week as well and she hasn't been well,  and my friend M had a terrible head cold hit her so Wednesday I spent the morning making dinner for all three families and the night before some baking, so in the afternoon Master 4 and I tripped around and delivered the dinners etc to everyone to save C and M thinking about having to cook. I've also been catching up on the housework, baking and washing - so much washing! and trying to do little bits in the garden but it kind of feels like this week has all been about chasing my tail, so this weekend I think I will sit down and write a few lists to help me feel organised again.


  1. where are the weeks going?? Looks like you all had a great time even with the pox around, Xmas hols will be here before we know it!!

  2. It was an awesome trip away and can't wait for the next one! Christmas will be upon us before we know it won't it! Hope your enjoying a lovely weekend Jen :) xx


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