camp bestival preparations

  • Camp Bestival Planning Session

    Camp Bestival Camping and Planning

    Camp Bestival Team Camp Bestival Team

    Friday is P day - planning night for Camp Bestival, our friends Grant, Daisy and Bertie are coming over for the weekend to do some serious Camp Bestival plotting and I've just had a brilliant idea....

    Have you heard of the Disco Shed? These guys are Latitude regular, it's a shed with a disco, really cool, and even better they have GNOMES.  No, don't stop reading, I haven't lost it honestly, well maybe a bit but that was a while ago.  I love gnomes, this goes back to my childhood, let me explain...

    A long time ago in a distant seaside town called Saltburn by Sea a little version of me used to go on the train from Redcar, where I lived, to visit Saltburn with my lovely Grandma as a day out.  It was only 8 miles away but for a small girl this meant a really, really long train ride (15 minutes is a long time when you're little).  Once in Saltburn my main focus was to go to the park and play on the swings because Saltburn had THE BEST SWINGS in the world, way better than the ones at Locke Park or Zetland Park in Redcar.  The road to the swings was filled with huge Victorian houses and in the garden of one of these houses were gnomes.  Loads of them, gnomes of all different shapes and sizes.

    Walking past the gnome house and stopping to look at the gnomes was part of the ritual of 'going to Saltburn' and that began my love of gnomes. Unfortunately my husband doesn't share this love of gnomes although I have tried to convert him and he has received gnomes for his past 3 birthdays usually followed by a request:

    "please don't buy me any more bloody gnomes"

    Garden gnome with elderflower cordial gnomes and eldflower cordial

    Other comments have been "what would you like for your birthday?" reply: "anything but bloody gnomes", fortunately I realise he's joking and loves them really.

    Anyway, I digress, so getting back to gnomes, sorry the Disco Shed. They're at Camp Bestival and hopefully bringing their gnomes with them too.  I love their website, it has gnomes.

    Now, a couple of evenings ago Grant emailed me about the Disco Shed and suggested that I may like to turn our Surf Shack into a disco shed, that would be brilliant but I've just had an even better idea.  We have a barn that houses the warehouse and office for the business which is bigger than the surf shack so this would be even better to turn into a disco shed, but it would be a DISCO BARN, yeay and I could play all my old records very loudly and there would be no way any teenagers would come near the place so I'd have it all to there's an even better thought.

    Cupcake made to look like an ice cream cone outside our Surf Shack Cupcake made to look like an ice cream cone outside our Surf Shack

    For now, I'm getting excited about the Disco Shed at Camp Bestival so if you're going come and say 'hi' I'll be hanging out with the gnomes doing 'bad' dancing or 'Mum' dancing as my teenagers call it.




  • Camp Bestival - preparations - last minute sagas

    I knew the real reason for me going to Camp Bestival the day after my lovely  husband and small children is not just to bring extra supplies but to being all the items they've forgotten to put into the car....

    1.  Small Boy's dressing gown

    2. Pillows - that would have been interesting

    3. Regulator and tube to connect the camping stove up to the gas tank.  Am going to have a rant about this - the reg and tube doesn't come with the camping stove or the gas tank.  I think this is really stupid as you need the bit in the middle to connect it all up.  The Camping shops (that sell the stoves) don't sell the reg and tube because it's July and they're selling winter stuff now, you don't go camping in winter so you have to buy these in December (aaaargh!).  The garden centres that sell the gas tanks don't sell the regs and tubes as they come with the stoves and they don't sell the stoves - they don't come with the stoves, if they came with the stoves we wouldn't have to buy them cos we'd  have one, (grrrr!) - end of rant. After trawling round DIY shops and camping shops we found one this morning at the local lawnmower shop - thank you Briants in Longwick.  OK that's lateral thinking to blow your mind, who one earth would have thought of that one, my lovely husband in total desperation, that's who.

    It would be interesting writing about feeding the family at a festival without being to use the stove, if I cheated and we lived on takeaways some bright spark would clock us and tell everyone so we'd be found out.  It's the same as when I'm in the fish and chip shop getting emergency food for the children as I have a 5 minute turn round to get them from school to Taekwondo or Judo and I always bump into someone who gleefully declares 'ooooh, you're in the chippy I'm going to tell, I thought you always cooked ALL your own food'.  Well, actually 'no, I don't' not always, and 'yes' I do allow my children to eat rubbish frequently.

    So at last they're off, just had a text from medium sized girl asking if they could eat the coco pops bars and big bags of crisps that are supposed too be for breakfast and posh snacks for lunch on the way down.  Her Dad is driving so why is she texting me and not asking him?  She was told 'no' and to eat the packed lunch that I'd made for them.

    One final piece of classic texting.  Our friend Grant is on his way with his two children, he sent a text this morning that made me laugh.  You have to remember that this is one 50 year old bloke to anther 50 year old bloke, this is so obtuse it's brilliant...

    "On the way, meet you in the skate park at 3pm, it's totally awesome!'

    Fantastic, all it needs is a tent to turn two grown blokes into little kids again - love it.



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