Most of the girls cycled there and back with OH along the canal close to our house. I got the long straw and took the car rammed with all of the gear we needed for our one night stay. I think I overdid the food shopping a little, but we'll have plenty of leftover food to eat up in the next week or so. (Mainly bacon, eggs and breadcakes, might I add).
Here's a picture of the outside of OH and I's little 'cocoon' pod. Very basic, but very sweet and the beds, although small were very comfortable. I got a pretty good night's sleep. We had a heater, electric light and a kettle in there too, which was useful.
I was also able to imagine a little what living in a tiny house might feel like, although these weren't really big enough to live in. The girls cabins were a little more spacious and a bit better equipped. They had more beds, a mirror and a fridge too.
The girls all hunkered down in one of the pods (we hired two for them) for the most part and played games and chatted. I don't think they hardly used the laptop, which is a good thing really. They had a game of football rounders and a few games of hide and seek around the campsite. You can imagine the excitability of 8 teenage girls let loose in the dark on a campsite. I did insist that they at least stay in pairs though throughout, for safety reasons.
They also had roasted marshmallows around the campfire that OH got started and we ate grilled chicken, hotdogs, salad and baked beans. Here's the makeshift cooking station we set up to make the food. Not quite camping as you know might know it, due to the fact that we had electricity.
This morning we woke up to persistent rain so it was a leisurely breakfast of tea, cereal and pastries in our respective cabins, before getting up and ready and packing everything away into the car and eventually coming back home and back to reality.
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It got cold at times, but it made me fully appreciate the luxury that is a nice thick sweater and thick woolly socks. The simple things are always the best. That's our parental duty done with regard to birthdays for another year. Next year, it's going to be a simple affair at home hopefully.