Oooh it's that time of year again, one sleep to go and we'll be lugging the tent, stove, food, sleeping bags, air beds, clothes, booze etc around the site to our Camping Plus pitches. Yes, pitches; there are two families and our tent is too big to fit on one so we have three between us.
Camping equipment is currently sitting in my study ready to be packed into the car tonight, what's different this year? Cocktails, that's what. I've tried to find ready made cocktails and have failed dismally. I can find cans of vodka and tonic, gin and tonic, rum and coke but not cocktails - come on cocktail makers there is market here for ready made cocktails to be frozen and taken camping to festivals. My 'make-do' option is a carton of Mojito mixer - lime juice, mint and stuff and a flask of Bacardi to make mojitos on site. Everything has to be decanted into plastic as no glass is allowed on site so the rum is in a flask so it doesn't get mixed up with water or that would be 'interesting'.
I've also sourced 'glow in the dark' martini glasses from The Glow company - awesome, I only went to order glow sticks and found these, can't wait for tomorrow to try them out.
Glow Martini Glasses
I've bought Glow tumblers for the children so they don't feel left out. We also our essential Bog in a Bag, for those 2am toilet needs, that way no one has to trog off to the loos in the dark. In Camping Plus this isn't too bad but it's just easier to have a quickie in the tent.
Food for the weekend
Mojitos for tomorrow night and in an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn't need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered. However, we have children so that's not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.
Our friend Grant is cooking tomorrow evening as is traditional, he's making Chicken with cider, apple and tarragon with mushrooms and new potatoes, yum.
Friday evening is traditional fajitas, I'm about to make these and freeze them along with the refried beans and have to nip out and get guacamole later.
Sweet potato and orange cake is made ready to be iced, brownies are just out of the oven. I had a special request from the children to make brownies without anything 'superfood', no beans just normal really unhealthy brownies packed with sugar and all the bad stuff. Only thing left to make is the pear and frangipane tart to go with the coffee.
I have shed loads of bacon in the freezer ready as we ran out last year, major crisis. Box of sauv blanc in the freezer too, this worked really well last year to keep it lovely and chilled. Need to get a carton of red wine as a back up for when it runs out, plus crisps and nibbles.
A mirror - must take a mirror or it's very difficult to put your false lashes on, other girlie festival essentials are:
- false eyelashes
- false eyelash glue
- glow in the dark/UV make up
- ditto nail varnish
- glitter and facepaint
- wet wipes
- sun tan lotion
- mini skirt - fake tan on the legs if they are a little on the lumpy side
- bikini tops - even in the rain
- Dr Martens - it's really uncomfortable walking miles in flip flops
- Wellies or walking boots
- Flip flops for showers - we are in Camping Plus, this is posh, there are showers *whoops in delight*
That's it, just need the tent and we're off.