Well last week was fabulous! The Mister and I went with a whole bunch of people to Wyse House Farm Campsite near Malton.
When The Mister and I arrived on Sunday it was blowing a gale and the tent which usually takes us about 15 minutes to put up took us over 2 hours. We managed to crack one pole really badly (I can recommend Tenacious Tape for this!) and being inside the tent was like being inside a tumble drier. It was horrendous.
On Monday we woke to a beautiful sunny day and awaited the arrival of everyone else. Over the next few hours Tom and Anne and their boys arrived along with pants and Alien and the birdie family. We also erected a ginormous gazebo which proved to be brilliant at keeping the shade off us as well as a bit of rain. More people arrived later in the week, although I think the most we got to at any one time was seven adults and six children.
Rather typically it rained on the Tuesday so we went to the Yorkshire Air Museum where unsurprisingly we looked at planes. The little boys were happy and the big boys were even happier.
The rest of the week provided beautiful weather and on Wednesday we trailed off to Eden Camp. It was such a hot day that we even spent time shade-seeking which seems ridiculous in the UK! I last went to Eden Camp over 20 years ago when they were just developing it. It was a work camp during the Second World War and the musuem is contained within the huts that the prisoners used to live in. They also have built an assault course so the kids spent some time running off their energy, but to be honest they were just as happy having running races between the huts.
Unfortunately we seemed to have a nasty bug sweeping through out campsite and pants and I managed to pick up this bug and seemed to spent much of Wednesday night sitting on the toilets. I felt rubbish all day Thursday and only managed to start feeling better after eating nearly a whole packet of Immodium! So Thursday was a bit of a write off. Pants and Alien had to go home but everyone else just stayed on the campsite, the children went on the trampoline and ran about like lunatics, as well as playing with water pistols that birdie acquired for them. Of course this meant that Tom and The Mister also had to behave like 10 year olds and they managed to get wetter than anyone else!
Friday was the day we all went on the North York Moors Railway from Pickering to Goathland. It was another scorching hot day. Despite my protestations I love steam trains and this one as brilliant! It was even more exciting than usual though as about 20 minutes into the train ride the train stopped and the train staff rushed off the train to try and put out two fires along the track. Apparently one of the engines is chucking out cinders and they have had fires most days. So, lots of smoke later we continued out journey to Goathland which is where they film Heartbeat. The whole place feels really 1950’s and there are also sheep everywhere(and sheep shit!) We found a nice playpark for the kids and a pub for the adults. Coming back proved to be just as exciting as the fire brigade had shut the train line because of the fires so we queued for a coach and then were told they had allowed one final train out. We finally got back much later than expected with some very tired children and some equally knackered adults.
On Saturday Tom and Anne and the boys and The Mister and I went to Castle Howard which is a truly beautiful country house with one of the best Adventure Playgrounds I have ever seen. We had such a brilliant day. Anne and I bought tickets for the house so we went for a bit of culture and left the boys outside to listen to the half-term storyteller.
All in all it was such a brilliant week. I love camping anyway, but spending time with some of my best friends in a beautiful part of the world is the best thing about it. It was also really nice to spend some proper time with my godson who is totally gorgeous (not that I am biased of course!)
Unfortunately my life as a lady of leisure ends tomorrow as I start work. I can’t say that I am particularly looking forward to going back to work, not because I am lazy but because I like being at home! Oh well… The Mister has decreed I can’t be a lady of leisure any longer and I am practicing submission!!! (ha ha!)
Here are some more pics of the week…