Then once we arrive at the campsite - a lot of hard work on the part of Nigel and Sarah with general support from me and probably hindrance from the two youngest and voila! our home for 11 nights will appear as if by magic.
These aren't actually pictures of our trailer tent you understand but they give you the general idea of what I'm talking about - of course my chairs are posher than that (she says keeping her tongue pressed firmly into her cheek!
Today has fortunately been a good dry day for getting everything ready and checking all equipment is in good working order. We'd just finished all the outside work and the heavens opened at teatime - phew!
In the morning we'll finish the clothes packing and put the cases and the bedding (I just can't do sleeping bags I'm afraid) into the car, fasten the canoes on the roof and head south.
Please God that we can have a decent few days on the weather front - the forecast is for a better outlook, I just hope they've got it right.
Louise has been in crafty mode this week - one day she pulled some felt out of my cupboard and next thing we knew she'd come up with this lovely 'Policeman Puppet' - she can be a real little madam at times but she's always been the easiest for keeping herself gainfully employed.
As for other camping - it's the Scouts International Jamboree currently being held here in the UK for the first time for many years to celebrate 100 years of scouting. Scouts from all around the world have descended on Essex, a county on the north eastern edge of London and to mark the occasion the British Post Office have issued some commemorative stamps. I was in our local post office this morning posting something off to Australia. The lady put some colourful stamps on my parcel and when I asked her what they denoted she said it was 100 years of scouting. I thought they were so lovely I bought the full set and returned home to stick them onto an envelope to post back to ourselves so I can then cut the section from the envelope and frame them.
This will be my last blog post for almost a fortnight - no doubt I shall have lots of catch up reading to do when I return - until then have a good quilty couple of weeks and I'll be sure to take lots of pictures to fill you in on our trip when we get home.