Am I Crazy? 

Right now I’m sitting here with my crochet and Tilly on my lap and a porta potty that has been delivered sitting on the lounge floor debating my sanity! Why? We have bought a tent and hope to start camping. 

Maybe that doesn’t sound too crazy to you but some of you will know that I have systemic lupus and fibromyalgia among other chronic illnesses,which between them, considerably restrict my mobility. I also have raynauds and poor circulation, so I really feel the cold. Now are you starting see the craziness? 

For the last couple of years we haven’t been able to afford a holiday away and Hubby and Josh have wanted to camp for a while but I’ve always thrown a damper on the idea saying I just couldn’t do it. Finally in February I caved and agreed that if they did all the work, I  had a comfortable bed off the floor, a comfy chair and a heater I’d do it. Well Hubs has gone one better and bought me a camping electric blanket. (We’re not so serious about camping as to not have electricity and besides I need to charge my mobility scooter :D). So, anyway, we took the plunge, borrowed some money and have got a really good tent that we’re hoping will last us through Josh’s ten years

I don’t know what you think when you think of camping negatives but to me, apart from lack of comfort and being cold, it’s scrabbling around crouched over in the tent, all cramped up and on top of one another. With Hubs being over six foot tall and not liking being crowded I really did start to feel slightly (or totally) crazy. 

Oh yes, another problem would be putting it up as Abi being older won’t always be with us and me trying to help with my stick in one hand and rubbish balance would have been, well, let’s say, very amusing for the other campers! 

But… when we started looking, it’s just incredible what you can buy.  So we purchased a nine man inflatable display tent. Inflatable!!! Ok, so I’m wondering how many of you are thinking bouncy castle right now ūüėČ

What it is, instead of having poles you have inflatable tubes, about six inch diameter which blow up rigid like a bike tyre. So to erect the tent you just peg out the base and inflate the six tubes then peg out the guy ropes. The man at the shop said Josh would even be able to do it on his own. (Crack open the wine Howard ;-))

We’ve gone big, BIG. Hubs can stand up in it, it has three bedrooms and an extra pod for a fourth although, where they would put two in a room and three in the main bedroom we would only have one in the smaller rooms as it would be rather like playing sardines otherwise!. (Did you ever play that as kids? We loved it.) 

So after all that waffle, what does it  look like? 

Here it is all set up at Camping Works in Horsham. The first window is the awning section, the second and third the living area and the back section without windows, the bedrooms. 

Front view, it looks as though Hubby may just have to duck his head to get in the doorway. 

And two of the three bedrooms across the back of the tent with storage pockets between the rooms.

And looking back from the bedrooms to the entrance.


Yes, it really is a biggy! In fact it has a 4.4 metre by 8 metre footprint. 

So, have we booked anywhere? Yes, and we’re so looking forward to it. We hope to do a trial run in May to Chichester and then two weeks in August to East Runton in Norfolk. And, what is really fun, Howard put out a message on his family What’s app group asking if anyone fancied joining us camping in August not really expecting anyone to come but they’ve all decided to come for at least a couple of days. One of his sister’s is borrowing her in-laws caravan and coming for the two weeks, his brother, camping for a week (three little kids and no electric, proper camping!) and his other sister for four days and his parents have booked a b and b for two days. We should all be together for those two days except Abi and Paul as they’ll have to be back before the last of them arrive. And get this… We are all within four pitches of each other. I’m thinking there will be a lot of laughter as time with Hubby’ s family is always such fun. 

Now, I was also going to talk about what project I have planned for the May break but I’ve waffled for way too long so I’ll be back soon to chat about that. I’ll just say that it involved lots of dyeing experimentation. 

Have an amazing and creative week friends, 

Sharon xx

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Playhouse Project and Boyish Treasures!

At the bottom of our garden is a playhouse full of all sorts of boyish treasures.

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Last year we had to take a tree down and make a decision about the rather tired looking playhouse we were given when Abi was seven.

Josh has used it to play in for a few years but we decided to make it in to a proper den for him.  When we took the tree down we had an area that needed to be filled in with soil.  Hubby came up with the idea of digging out under the playhouse to create an underground camp and gain some soil.  He dug down, made four walls out of sleepers and put the playhouse back up over the top.

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Then all the rotten wood was replaced, the roof re-felted and the playhouse painted.

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Inside Hubby built a workbench and we moved all of Josh’s treasures in!!

This weekend Hubby and Josh have been creating the entrance to the underground camp.

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They plan to have steps leading down and a door.  There will be a pallet wall filled with soil and plants and Cammo net forming a roof to hide the entrance!!

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I love looking around Josh’s den. ¬† He loves bugs and creepy crawlies and has a collection of all sorts of things.

Join me for a little tour around his den – that is if you are not too squeamish or eating your dinner!!

We open the stable doors and duck down to go in. ¬†I can stand in the middle if I duck my head a little but then I am only 5’2″!

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On the floor to the left is a red tool box. ¬†This is a special treasure, it was his Grandad’s and contains lots of his old tools. ¬†The tools get lots of use as Josh loves taking things apart, fixing things and helping Dad.

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In front of us is the bench.  On it we can see the tank he used to keep stick insects in.  Now it has soil, rocks etc left from when he collected bugs to study last year before letting them go again.

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Then we have the child’s¬†woodworkshop. ¬†This is for Balsa wood and has a mini pillar drill, sander, saw and lathe.

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There is also a length of rope, necessary for all boys!!

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Above the bench is a shelf. ¬†This has two old bird’s nests gathered from hedges when he helps Hubby with the Autumn hedge cutting.

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and one of Josh’s favourite treasures is also on this shelf safely in a plastic tub….

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A mummified rat!!!

Hubby found it in a customer’s loft space. ¬†For some reason¬†it mummified rather than rotted!

Under the bench are more bug pots and tanks, and some old blankets for camp making!

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To our right are two sets of drawers. ¬†On top we see a box. ¬†In it are Josh’s sewing bits – he enjoys a bit of sewing too.

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Next to the sewing box is a mini camping kettle.

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Josh, again like many boys, loves fire.  Hubby salvaged an old BBQ a customer was throwing out and they often have bonfires in it especially when the weather is cold as it was Saturday.

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Taking a peep inside the drawers is my favourite part!! ¬†Have a peek…

first we have a drawer of fir cones collected on the walks to and from school and from the Isle of Wight last year.

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Then the tub containing a snake skin found in a customer’s garden.

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a drawer of shells and beach finds

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a couple more nests

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a drawer of pens, spoons and other oddments

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and a drawer of creatures that he has found after they have died … three butterflies, this one is in very good condition

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a baby bird skeleton

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a frog skeleton.  (There were two but I had to throw one away, it had been saved with some flesh still on and was rather smelly .. yuk!)

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A duck’s egg that never hatched from Grandma’s garden and the shells of the ones that did . SAM_0414920

A crab shell

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An empty chrysalis that Josh found and we watched hatch into a moth,

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a Gull’s egg shell from Great Grandad’s house where they nest on the chimney, and dive bomb you when you go up the front path!

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and an old wasp’s nest.

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And that ends our little tour.  It will be interesting to see what is added to the collection this year!

I hope you enjoyed your tour and that you weren’t too disgusted!

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx