Dreaming of a night in the tent

Published 24 May 2020

My tent pitched up on grassy moorland on the Southern Upland Way

In 2011 I bought a lightweight tent for walking trips. I most noticeably used it that year when I walked the Southern Upland Way. The next year it went out again when I had a long weekend in the Lake District. But then our first child arrived, and I haven’t used my camping gear since.

For the last couple of years I have told myself that yes, this will be the year! The tent will get some action again. But something always got in the year. So I started off 2020 determined to make it happen. I did a lot of thinking of what I could do. Tried to make some good plans.

Well you know what they say about best-laid plans of mice and men often going awry.

Frankly I’m now getting to the stage where I am thinking of just putting the tent up in the garden and having done with it.



24 May 2020 at 2:33 pm

Do it! Embrace the garden camp! And if you want to make it more of an adventure, don’t bother with the tent – just bivvy. If nothing else it will give the neighbours something to talk about. :)

Paul Bailey

14 June 2020 at 10:06 am

Having reached my mid-sixties, I am not as keen as spending a night under canvas, as I once was.

I still like the idea though!

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