Last week we took a little camping trip. We’d bought tickets to go to the last day of The Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells on the Thursday so we set off straight after Lee came home form work on Wednesday to save us driving the hour and a half up in the morning. This meant we got to have a relatively calm breakfast before we set off on the half hour journey from Hay on Wye.
I must admit we really didn’t like the campsite we were on, so I’ll refrain from naming it. But even an awful site can’t spoil a camping breakfast of tea and Bacon sarnies cooked outside on our trusty old camping stove (the delivery date on the box is 2005!)
We all had a lovely, busy day at the Royal Welsh, so much so that I didn’t manage to take many pictures at all! As soon as we arrived the three girls went off wandering on their own, so for most of the day Lee and I just had the two boys. They were both amazed at the sparkly new tractors and all the big machinery but LV’s heart almost missed a beat when he saw the Porche stand!
They both spent a lot of time at the Army stand where they got to climb around a couple of vehicles and LV tried his hand on an air defence simulator and a landmine detection trail. O was quite taken with this large weapon!
I loved seeing the animals on show and can only aspire to grow vegetable even half as big as some there. I swear there was a leek as tall as me!
By the time we got back to our tent we were all exhausted. We are all hoping that the last day of school falls a bit earlier next year. That way we can attend more than one day and be a bit more leisurely about it. You never know, we may even decide to show one of our own animals or vegetables one day (if I can figure out how they grow them so big)!
On Friday we packed up our huge 10 man tent and drove the next two and a half hour leg of our journey to the next campsite Tyn Cornel near Bala in Gwynedd, North Wales. Nestled just inside Snowdonia National Park, Tyn Cornel Campsite proved to be in the exact right spot for us as everywhere we wanted to visit was about an hour away.
This campsite is wonderful and the new owners, Stu and Isi, are very friendly and helpful. There is everything you could ask for, from clean and warm toilets, free showers and a good washing up area in the main block. Even the field toilets, which were closest to us, were plumbed into the mains, even though they look like portaloos from the outside! There is free wifi too, which is essential if you want to google places to visit or get directions on your phone as mobile signal isn’t really available anywhere in the middle of the Welsh Mountains.
We loved that you can rent out firepits, for a fully refundable deposit, you have to buy your wood from the site, but we paid less than £10 for wood and kindling that lasted us 3 nights, which I find quite reasonable. You can’t beat sitting around a fire, chatting and toasting marshmallows. Plus the smoke helps keeps the midges away!
For me one of the best parts of the trip was seeing everyone being together, with minimal bickering and actually enjoying spending time with each other. when we weren’t gallivanting around the countryside our favoured pastime of the trip was playing cards. None of the other games I brought even got a look in!
But I do have to admit that sometimes, just sometimes, modern technology saved us from any stresses of being left out, after all 3 year olds aren’t renowned for their card playing skills!
We had a very busy week visiting lot’s of places including Anglesey, Sygun Coppor Mine, The National Slate museum and The Centre for Alternative Technology, but don’t worry, I will tell you more about those days out soon.