Camping: 3 Top Tips (and some beautiful pictures of The Lake District)

Camping… possibly a bit like Marmite?  You either love it or hate it?  We grew up camping every year, all six of us, so I think it’s just in my blood and is now something I’ve done with my little lady this past three years (guess what – she loves it too).

There are so many options now with pods and yurts and Lord knows whatever else they call outdoor living but whichever option you may be looking at here’s my quick recommendations for getting the best out of camping glamping!

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1.  Check out your site.  We all want different things from our holidays so make sure your site has got what you want.  If it’s not too far to drive, visit the site before you book it… we’ve done that and it’s well worth it to check on facilities, signal connectivity (if you want it) and, to pick a pitch number if there’s one you prefer!  For me – an amazing view, places to explore on site and water for paddling/swimming/canoeing in are all met at the Low Wray, National Trust Campsite near Ambleside.

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We’ve returned year after year because the views are A-MAZ-ING and when you book a ‘Lake Shore’ pitch, you are literally on the edge of the lake.

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2.  You don’t always need all the gear.  If there’s only 3 or 4 of you going and for a short amount of time, you do not need all the gear.  We have two tents, one much larger than the other with full kitchen and cooker gear which we just don’t need when there’s two or three.

We like to eat out more on holiday so this ↓ single burner stove just takes a cheap small gas cylinder (available locally from Mountain Warehouse) or just about every camp shop in the Lake District and easily did morning coffee, quick-cook savoury rice and some steamed veggies (yes I did steamed broccoli one night).  The rest of the time a £2 disposable BBQ!  I LOVE those things – no washing up?  Yes please!  It is so easy and can hardly be called cooking.

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3.  Finally, make it home.  If you think you’ll camp for a few years it’s worth investing in some nice gear you’re going to enjoy getting out the box each time you go (bit like Christmas).  The Glam Camping Company have some great crockery we bought – I love getting out those wine glasses and tumblers!  We also take a full (epically huge) bag of cushions and blankets because I think it just makes it nicer!  Finally, bunting and fairy lights always create an instant little party.  Happy Camper!

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None of these photo’s were taken with a blog post in mind, so, once again, are just a little bit candid but you get the idea!  Here’s to a GREAT Summer… any fellow campers and glampers give me a holler…

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CHEERS!

 

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One Directional Copper Obsession with Gold Tattoo’s

Happy to be sharing another fav’s post this week (‘scuse  the title…what else should I have called it?)!  One of the reasons I decided to make this blog a LIFESTYLE blog is because it’s great to be able to share all aspects of life, not just one area!
Copper Bowl 4The other week we took off to the Lakes and back to one of our favourite ‘hang out’ places ‘Chesters’ (have previously written a post about them here).  Their homewares are so well-chosen, I always find purchases there and couldn’t resist adding some more copper to my world. This bowl was a steal at £22 and though I think it’s intended for candles, it actually is housing my receipts – don’t laugh, it looks fab so that’s the main thing!
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UPDATE:  Since writing the above line a day ago I decided to put a candle in…!  As you can see, intended purpose clearly trumps receipt holder!
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2.  Whilst at the till… (don’t you love cleverly placed point-of-sale impulsive buys?!) I spied these gold tattoos.  Have seen a few on Instagram here and there and with the summer months coming up… (please let’s see some decent sun this year), thought I’d experiment.
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Each little packet has designs front and reverse, were just £1.75 any I know a little lady round here has her eye on the majority or the designs but I’m not gonna lie to you… I didn’t buy them for her!  Bit of fun and think they’ll be great a la evenings out in the summer… (sigh).
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3.  Finally an album I just can’t stop playing, One Direction, Four.
I know!  Me, One D!
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Though it is not a new album, it’s the first of theirs we’ve bought.  It’s a great album to have on in the morning getting ready for the day,  the little lady loves it and it just creates a all-round happy vibe.  Other mornings it’s anything from Aerosmith, Coldplay and Emeli Sandé to Beyonce and Einaudi, but the past month, One D are IT!  Anyone feeling me?!
This weekend I’m at the Decorative Home and Salvage Show so look forward to sharing my findings with you next week!
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DUSK

Dusk over Lake Windermere

One of my favourite times of day…dusk, the other would be dawn. Something very special about both times when experienced outdoors. You don’t really get to appreciate either when inside, but out under the sky…. Magic happens. Here’s to more dusky skies!

P.s. find out more about this beautiful place here.

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CHESTERS by the RIVER

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“Ooh this time last week”… do you ever say that?  Well we are today because last Sunday we spent a large portion of the day at one of our favourite lifestyle places to hangout, CHESTERS.

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Chesters is everything you’d want for a relaxed and terribly civilised Sunday.  Nestled by the River Brathay at Skelwith Bridge, everything within its doors is housed behind a beautiful slate facade looking every-bit the part in its woodland surroundings.  Yes, you’d think there’d be a picture of the exterior but it monsooned last Sunday so there was most definitely no way I was going to get that shot!

Cakes, Cakes and more Cakes

Each time we have returned to Chesters from when we first discovered it ten years ago, it has only ever improved; something you would never think it needed because of it being so darn perfect as it was.

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Complete with outdoor decking you can descend to the river to if you fancy a paddle on a warmer day, else don the wellies and just go for it.  It’s a place you go to gently while away the hours eating, drinking and if you fancy, doing a spot o’ shopping… what’s not to love?

Ok first up, the food…

Food ready to be cooked Orange San Pellegrino Some amazing multi-bean dish Thai Chicken SaladHow do you choose?Victoria SpongePeanut BlondieLemon MerangueBarista at work Cute Tipping Pot

Amazing right?!  The menu is fantastic and extremely good value for money, if visiting you have to play a game I invented here called ‘Cake Roulette’.  Simply buy the same number of cakes as per people in your party (maybe add in a coupe of extras) then take a bite and pass it round!  Means you get to sample more of the INCREDIBLE baking that happens here.

On the other side of the building is an absolutely delightful shop selling everything from books to exquisite pieces for the home, girly things, man stuff.  These pics are only the smallest representation of what’s there but needless to say, post eating it makes for a very happy experience!

 

If you’re planning a trip to Cumbria any time soon, this place is most definitely worth a visit, you can visit their website here to find out more.  Happy Days! X

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