The sun was shining when we arrived. I was in quite a good mood. We parked the car and decided to explore and choose a pitch that we thought would be just right. Wheel barrows are supplied to transport kit from car to pitch.
Mr N put the bell tent up while I lit the camp fire. With kettle now on, I prepared a big stew which I thought would be easy to keep a constant supply of something hot to eat without any fuss. A stew is great as you can keep topping it up with fresh vegetables and once the fresh meat is all eaten a tin of M&S Beef would be better than taking any chances as we had no fridge to keep meat chilled.
The stew was delicious, lovely dumplings, fresh vegetables and tender beef steak.
The peace and quiet here was a great tonic.
But I must say that by 8.30 pm we were both tired.
We sat in the darkness surrounded by our lanterns and candles.
With no music allowed and not enough light to read, we just sat by the camp fire in a daze and talked about nothing much, just took in the atmosphere, stillness of the night and the damp air while we listened to the owls and whatever it was that was scurrying around in the bushes.
We were in bed by 9pm!
We woke several times during the night, I was a bit scared, Guy slept in between us under one of the two huge crochet blankets we had on top of our duvet.
It was very snug though.
Next morning I lit the fire again ready to boil the kettle for tea and cook breakfast.