Monday Musings – A Camping Trip Down Memory Lane

I haven’t been camping for years. These days the focus is more on glamping than camping, well I can tell you, there was nothing glamorous about our camping holidays. They were lots of fun though.

First I remember we would ‘weather’ the tents. That means that mom would get them out and put them up in the back garden for a day or two. When we were old enough she would let us have some friends over to sleep in them. I don’t think we ever lasted a whole night in the garden though.

The tents were frame tents and took forever to put together. They were huge, or they seemed to be so when we were young. They would have at least two bedroom areas and a living area. We would have air beds and sleeping bags to sleep in.

Holidays were a family affair. I don’t remember much before my Dad passed away, I don’t think he was a ‘camper’ although he did like caravans. So it would have been me, mom and my little brother. We would go with my nan and my cousin who lived mostly with her, my aunt and uncle and their four children, my grown-up cousin and her husband and twin daughters who were the same age as my little brother. My uncle would hire a mini bus so we could all travel together with all our equipment. We would take over a fair chunk of the camping field once all set up together.

I remember one time we went to Weymouth and set up in the corner of a field. Overnight we had the most awful storm and woke up in the morning in the middle of a huge muddy puddle. It was a pain to dismantle the tents and put them up somewhere else, so we un-pegged them then all got inside and grabbed a pole and ‘walked’ them to another part of the field. It must have been a sight seeing our tents walking across the field. Obviously not a sight we saw as we were all inside them! I’m happy to report the rest of the holiday was storm free and sunny.

me and my cousins

We had no real comforts while camping, we’d have to use the shower blocks for washing. They were usually run by coins so you had to be quick before your money ran out. The sinks were in the shower block so we’d have to carry our bowls of washing up over there too.

We did a lot of cooking on our calor gas cooker back at the tents. There was so many of us it was too expensive to eat out often, although we did enjoy the occasional fish and chips by the sea front.

We started these camping holidays in the mid 1970’s and I believe the last one was in 1982. By this time most of the children were growing up and the older family members wanting more comfort from their holidays.

They were such happy times.

My lovely nan (who left this earth nearly 20 years ago now) my auntie and one of my smaller cousins.

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  1. May 25, 2015 / 11:49 am

    I love the pictures on these – they remind me of the kind of pics we have! Family holiday memories are so special, aren't they? I have lots from my childhood, and hopefully my kids are building some up now too.

    • May 26, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      I have boxes and boxes of old photos! Memories are special. I probably have many more now stored on computers but they take up a lot less space.

  2. May 25, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    oh gosh wish i had some pics from my camping with my aunt as a kid

  3. May 25, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    What some amazing pictures, sometimes it is nice to take a trip down memory lane.

    • May 26, 2015 / 9:36 pm

      I love going through all my old photos a remembering old times

  4. May 25, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    They are amazing pictures, so many memories I am sure they evoked x

  5. May 25, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Great pics. We never went camping as a family, but I went with the guides and the school. I loved it and my sis hated it.

    • May 26, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      I went camping on my own with church a couple of times, and then with my husband right up until we had children. Then we took our first son and he hated it so much we've never been since…that was 1988 🙁

  6. May 25, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    I love your photos – I must get some of mine out of the garage and scan some of them on to my laptop x x

    • May 26, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      definitely, and I have so many of them now I'm nearly half a century old!

  7. May 25, 2015 / 10:49 pm

    That part about walking the tent across the field made me laugh out loud 🙂 I can just imagine it! We used to camp a lot when i was younger as well and we are actually booked in to take the girls camping for the first time ever this summer 🙂

    • May 26, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Me and my cousin were in fits of giggles while walking the tent, so it was a giggling walking tent. I do wish I could have seen it from the outside! Enjoy your camping holiday x

  8. May 26, 2015 / 8:52 am

    I love seeing peoples old family snaps! Sadly the only camping I ever did as a kid was in the back garden!

  9. May 26, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    This was so lovely and nostalgic and very funny. Reading about camping trips always is 🙂 We never went on any but I do love to hear about them, such a British thing in a muddy field.

    • May 26, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      I'm glad you enjoyed reading it, and I forgot to mention the time we woke up with a sheep in the tent! 🙂

  10. May 26, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    These photos are lovely and what wonderful memories you have. We have started takingour son camping and he loves it. Ihope we're making happy memories for him. x

  11. May 27, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Oh gosh Anne what wonderful memories and great photos too (you should link up with What's The Story?). There's something about camping isn't there. We did it for years so I'm sure there are similar photos floating around somewhere. Fabulous post. Hope you're good lovely x

  12. May 27, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Oh these photos are gorgeous – i wonder if our photos will look like this in 30 years time? With that quality of photos from a time now passed. What happy memories, even of the mud!!

  13. May 28, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    lol a walking tent, sorry Anne you had me laughing at the sight that must have been! it x

  14. May 31, 2015 / 5:35 am

    We never did camping, but the pictures of that era remind me of our summer holidays. My great uncle used to manage a hotel and campsite. He would do us a deal on the cost, so we stayed in the hotel. All around the hotel looked like that though.

  15. May 31, 2015 / 10:00 am

    The image of a tent being walked along the field is cracking me up! What a wonderful trip down memory lane! The only camping I ever did was with the Girl Guides – I love home comforts too much to rough it these days, lol, but I wouldn't mind a bit of glamping!! Thanks for sharing with #StepBackInTime! x

  16. June 23, 2015 / 9:54 am

    Fab pictures – I never went camping as a child, but I am taking mine this summer 😀 Kaz x

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