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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Half Term Fun.

Well the half-term week has come and gone with a quite a lot of evidence yet to be tidied away!!

It was good to see Josh getting his playmobil out again, it’s been a while, it’s sad seeing him gradually grow out of his toys. ¬†Dry days are okay, he loves being outside but the rainy days are getting harder to find things to occupy him so I was grateful for a mostly dry week! ¬†There is some serious tidying to be done now!

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The main outdoor activity involved a lot of digging! ¬†It started with a hole dug as a hunt for clay to make pots with, resulting in rather a lot of muddy bowls and buckets left in the garden. ¬†Actually, this is Josh’s version of tidying, they were right outside the back door! ¬†Hmmm, a few more lessons needed here!

 

A¬†few days later a¬†bit LOT more digging took place as Josh dug deeper and wider to make an army trench!! ¬†This then had to be photographed to make an ‘army’ card for his cousin who has just started chemo¬†for Lymphoma. ¬†(He is 14 and we would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers for him.)

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The following day the hole was dug even more and Josh had an amazing game with 2 of his cousins in there.  In the evening Josh proudly showed his Dad for the first time, you should have seen his face!!!  (The hole is over 1 metre/yard deep).

Poor ole Hubby, he had just started to think that the garden could be kept a bit nicer as Josh grows up, but he was very good and didn’t voice what I could plainly see on his face until he came indoors!! It took my mind back to this post and what is really important in a garden!

Some days we spent quietly, pottering, crochet for me, playing for Josh. ¬†Then we went to stay with the in-laws for the weekend. ¬†It was my Sister-in-law’s 40th (it doesn’t seem possible that its nearly a year since I wrote about my 40th¬†and here!!). ¬†Her Husband, Matt, had arranged for a meal at the Shuttleworth Collection. ¬†We had the conservatory to ourselves which was lovely .

The tables all had little packets of love hearts.

After a lovely meal it was time for the cake.

Matt lit the 40 sparklers,

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but the flowers on the top were silk and soon the cake was on fire!!

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after various attempts to extinguish the fire Matt carried it outside to burn itself out.

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Thankfully only the top layer was affected.

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Next we were all given tickets for the Swiss gardens which even in winter were beautiful

with little houses and huts tucked here and there,

one with an amazing ceiling crafted from pine cones,

a little greenhouse with stained glass windows, a domed roof and rocky entrance and exit,

bridges and windy paths,

and a rather camera shy peacock!

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I managed to get some lovely pics of Abi and her boyfriend.

Then we were taken on a tour of the collection.

It was mostly old planes, some looking far too dangerous to fly and yet all except two out of 6 large hangers are still flown!!

There were also a few cars and bikes, a bus and a charabanc (an open topped bus)!

It was just lovely to have time to spend to together especially as it is their boy who has the cancer.

A cheery pic to finish with, spring really is on the way!

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I hope you are all having a lovely and creative week.

Sharon xx

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Postcard from Sussex 3 – A Strange Day.

Well today has been a real mixture.  I know we live in England and the weather is renowned for being unsettled but today has just been extreme.  Last night and this morning it rained and rained really hard causing localised flooding. Halfway through the morning it became so dark that birds fell silent and the street lights even came on!  Storms have rolled around and a lightening strike caused a house fire nearby, the poor lady was due home from hospital today and her house is gutted!

As midday approached the  sky brightened a little, so after a quick lunch we hopefully packed a picnic and traveled to Eastbourne to meet my Sister and family at a park.

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There was a hazy sunny and it was really muggy. The children discovered that there is now a water park there and were soon soaked through and didn’t even feel cold! ¬†We then had a walk around the lake and the children sailed my nephews remote controlled boat on the lake which had overflowed and was higher than I have ever seen it!

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I used to often come to this lake as a child and it still has lots of swans.  They used to have rowing and pedal boats for hire and was often a summer treat but they are no longer there and the lake is used as a training lake for windsurfing and sailing.

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We found ourselves on the beach for a picnic tea and the children had great fun in the water.

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The change from morning to afternoon was extreme even for an English summer!  We were so glad to be able to get out together after all!

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  The children are now halfway through the hols and it is going by way too quickly. Happy crafting if you have time to fit it in!!

Sharon xx

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