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Glamping = glamorous camping.

Now you wouldn’t expect that these two words would ever feature together or work very well but it’s a word non the less and most definitely the type of camping I would prefer, given the option.

Anyone that knows me well will most likely know that I am not a camper. I have done camping only a couple of times but that was more than enough exposure for me to know that ‘I don’t do camping’. Don’t get me wrong, I am not that precious that I can’t rough it a bit for a few days, it’s more the palaver that camping entails. Ideally I want to stay somewhere reasonably cheap when I go away but the pennies saved is not enough for me to want to camp in a tent.

Admittedly the first time I went camping in a tent was probably not the wisest. A couple of friends and I decided to take a little trip down to Newquay when we were 18, it was spur of the moment and we were really excited (and young). One of my friends had a 2 man tent and off we went. It took us all our time to erect said tent and the 3 nights endured in that tent were the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced. Add a friend with badly sunburnt feet and you can picture the misery. She also decided to get her belly button pierced just to add to the misery. You also couldn’t swing a cat in there let alone squeeze 3 people into sleeping bags, once in place we were wedged there for the night.

The second time was a more more plush affair in a friends massive family tent, complete with compartments for sleeping. Shame they didn’t come equipped with beds and a loo! This is what it boils down to, I need to be able to sleep and I need to have the option of going for a wee in the night if I so need to. Dragging someone half asleep to the loo in the middle of the night is not always popular with people. There is nothing worse than not having a toilet nearby when you need it and it’s sod law that you will need to go on these occasions, more psychological I am sure.

So it sounds like I am boring and not fun at all for not liking the ‘camping’ malarky? maybe but it’s just not my idea of summer fun. Traipsing to the shower cubicles looking rough as you like with your clothes and wash bag? finding places to hang/perch your belongings so that you don’t drop them on the wet floor? wondering how the hell you are going to put your slap on let alone managing to straighten your hair? I can hear people say I should chill out as it’s a holiday but I still want to look nice and the fact I am on holiday instantly means that I should have less grief in my life. I say no more.

But give me a caravan and it’s a whole different story…

In July we will be trying out one of the mobile homes at the Sand Le Mere Holiday Village in Yorkshire. We are staying there for 3 nights and I will actually be celebrating my birthday there so it’s lovely to be getting away to mark the occasion. I’ve said in previous posts that we have the option to relocate to the north and last year we took a trip up to Leeds to have a look around and see what we thought. We are still no closer to finding out what are options are but another trip up north is most welcome and a good chance to see what it has to offer.

Sand Le Mere has recently just invested 4 million building a brand new complex, featuring many great new facilities including brand new indoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar and soft play area. All the changes will be completed in June so we are looking forward to seeing what it has to offer during our stay in July.

So we won’t be camping as such as it doesn’t involve a tent and hideous treks to the public loo’s but it’s not glamping either as it’s a mobile home, so kind of cheating and not the great outdoors…To all you happy campers out there I wish you all the best with your camping this summer, I am intrigued to know your survival tips.

If you fancy the look of this holiday village and like the idea of staying in a lodge, mobile home or even roughing it in a tent then you should take a look as they have a special offer on at the moment. You can save 10% off breaks taken during the school holidays, between 1-9 June, 20 July to 1 September and 26 October to 2 November. To claim this discount all you need to do is quote the offer code EB10 when you book online at www.sand-le-mere.co.uk.

Nb. We have been offered 3 nights accommodation in July in return for a review of the holiday village. All views expressed will be our own.



I was asked by Big Game Hunters if we would like the opportunity to try out this classic game in a giant version. Most people understand the concept of Jenga and it is popular with all ages and is a game that will always be brought out again and again.

When the Jenga arrived the box was really heavy, certainly not something that I could have carried up the stairs and luckily I didn’t have that job but you could tell there was a lot of wood inside. We were sent the Mega Hi Tower in A Bag and it says it is lightweight to carry around easily to parties barbecues, I wouldn’t say this is the case and I wouldn’t myself but then I would leave that to my husband. The bag contains 58 blocks so it is a fair amount that you would expect to be reasonably heavy. The game states that is is not suitable for children under six and you can see why because of the risk of blocks falling and possible injury. Like with many toys and games with children you use your common sense and you wouldn’t leave them unattended.

Out of the box in a canvas carry bag

Due to the weather lately and not having picked a nice day to build it outside, we opted to build it indoors, giving equally the same effect. As soon as it was out of the box, Beastie was buzzing around the bag eager to see what lay inside. He likes to have something to get his teeth into and I was pleased with how quickly he grasped what he needed to do and he was very patient. His concentration and balancing skills were very impressive and I know he will enjoy building a tower on a regular basis.

Beastie getting stuck in

A natural at building…

and good at steadying the tower…

Whilst building the tower we noticed that it was somewhat unsteady and this was due to the fact the blocks were not all the same size. Although the quality of the wooden blocks is of a high standard this lets down the game in the fact it is more difficult to remove blocks to build the tower higher. At times it swayed on our wooden floor so outdoors it might be all too easy for it to tumble over, even before it’s built to a reasonable height. This is another reason that outdoors is a better idea, especially as the blocks would make a heavy clatter on our flooring and you are more inclined to have shoes on outside too, to protect your toes!

Removing the blocks

More than happy to help pack the blocks away

This Giant Jenga is available to buy for £49.99 from Big Game Hunters. The delivery was extremely quick and despite the weight it is a garden/indoor game that will amuse all the family. Although Beastie is not yet three, he loved being involved in the building and putting away of the blocks although it is clear why you would need to supervise little ones when they are young. His bottom nearly took out the tower a couple of times.

Nb. I was kindly sent this item to review and keep. I have shared our experience and expressed opinions on the product that are entirely our own.

On Wednesday I had the pleasure in attending one of the National Play Days sponsored by Savlon and hosted by Donna from Not Yet a Yummy Mummy. Donna organised the day perfectly, even though she will deny this and it was lovely to meet up with a couple of her friends along with Bianca from Richmond Mummy and Sarah from Sarah’s Superfluous Thoughts. We couldn’t have asked for a more glorious day and having never visited Richmond Park before I was amazed by the sheer size and beauty of it. What a wonderful part of the country it is to live in and even more so when you live close by (like Donna and Bianca).

I blogged previously about the Play Day here and we basically wanted to just have some outdoor fun with our children. The children had various toys to keep them amused including a tent and tunnel, a ball pit, balls, a dolls buggy (a massive hit), various inflatable toys, crayons and most importantly each other! They happily played with all that was provided but what was lovely to see was how they all played in harmony and were happy to just wander round looking at the surroundings. We were also quite set back from the adjacent road so it was an extremely safe environment for them.

We all enjoyed a picnic lunch whilst enjoying the great outdoors. We all discussed how easy it is for people to visit their local park and make use of the amenities. The parking in Richmond Park is free and that makes it perfect for a low cost family day out. There are so many places you visit nowadays that charge extortionate rates, making family fun that little bit harder to achieve. They say the best things in life are free and I have to agree. It has certainly encouraged me to make the most of the great outdoors this summer and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Here are a few pictures rounding up the day, I was shattered when I eventually got home (mainly due to the heat) but it was a great day and I came home armed with lots of Savlon goodies!

Not Yet a Yummy Mummy showing off her bump whilst using her new Flipcam
Richmond Mummy and her beautiful daughter
Beastie enjoying the ball pit
William and Beastie – Firm friends on their first meeting
The ‘bag’ we all wanted from Pink Lining
Part of the many wildlife roaming around
Time out in the tent ‘just us boys