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Slubbers new tent and my old tent

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Caerlaverock Thu 20-Sep-12 16:33:48

I pitched my vintage canvas a frame tent at the weekend but due to camping in the forest adopting the gulag style of customer service I was forbidden from sleeping in it. It was a thing of beauty

Blu Fri 21-Sep-12 19:07:11


I think the domed caravan is their new mobile observatory facility, ready to be towed to a CC authorised site near Basildon.

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 15:00:58

No no. A real and actual campsite. The doors and walls had AstroTurf on too. Was all v snazzy and moderne. Although we never saw the dds, they were always in the loos watching Jungle Book on loop on the sink TVs. Poor deprived children.

Quenelle Fri 21-Sep-12 14:48:44

Are you sure that wasn't an actual hotel room, rather than a campsite toilet block Slubber? Did it have a big bed with the pillows plumped into the shape of bottoms? I've noticed they do that a lot in Austria/Germany.

We were the only people in our section at Kelling who didn't have a telly. But with careful positioning of our chairs we were able to watch some of the Paralympics on our neighbour's plasma TV through their caravan window.

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 14:29:04

The site we stayed at in Austria last year had piped music, sofas, flat screen tvs above the sinks and a little museum of tonka caravan and campervans. I marvelled.

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 14:27:12

yy Quenelle. I got that too, the map with my tent drawn on it, and because I was camping sans A Man they also felt the need to send out an assistor on a little quad bike in case I had problems with the numbers or I dunno, tried to pitch the tent upside down.

that is rather a large amount of accomodation for a small family. maybe they all hated each other.

Quenelle Fri 21-Sep-12 14:27:03

xpost with Slubber. That's what I was driving at.

Quenelle Fri 21-Sep-12 14:26:07

I can sort of see the benefit of piped music in the toilets. Yuck to a sofa though.

DH was adamant they were piping in the sound of frogs at a site we stayed at in France this year. I'm still pretty certain it was just frogs.

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 14:23:30

I am, much to my suprise, rather a fan of piped music in the lavs. Helps assist with the old <ahem> campers' bowel.

Quenelle Fri 21-Sep-12 14:23:07

Blu - yes it was.

Slubber - we didn't get a welcome pack but we did get a map of our pitch with instructions of exactly where to put car, tent and awning. And which way the tent should face.

Mind you, the pitch opposite was filled up completely with a VW T5 camper, a caravan and a four-man tent. There were two adults. a young teenage girl and a dog staying on it.

Caerlaverock Fri 21-Sep-12 14:12:14

We stayed at a freaky place with piped music and a sofa in the regally appointed shower block. The rest of the site was a shithole Obv naice loos were VERY important to them

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 14:06:45

Says Crawley Sussex. Is that the same place Blu? My eye was drawn to the dome thingumy. I like a nicely staged caravan shot.

Quenelle I stayed in my first uk site this year where the staff were in corporate uniform. And I got a welcome pack as well. Not just a list of rules, a pack with many brochures.

Blu Fri 21-Sep-12 13:57:37

That caravan is at Hurstmonxeux (sp?) is it not?

I love that place - just like Tracy Island when they open the observatory rooves.

Quenelle - what N Norfolk site was that? Was it Kelling?

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 13:52:14

I thought you'd like it. Next mission is to find a photo of The Stealth caravan peeking out from behind a bush.

Caerlaverock Fri 21-Sep-12 13:35:31

Roar at marauder marauding around an industrial wasteland. It's natural habitat one feels

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 13:28:11

Two words

Slippery slope

Caerlaverock Fri 21-Sep-12 13:20:40

Have tweeted u pic

Caerlaverock Fri 21-Sep-12 13:15:33

It was d's friends birthday! They draped it over vintage canvas and it did look v. Sweet but then they moved over to their own tent. It was so wrong but it was so right <furtive face>

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 13:14:14

Blu's anti-social boules order takes the edge off a bit.

I thought you were WITH me? Us against the axis of bunted evil.


SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 13:12:40



I don't know what to do with that confession.


Caerlaverock Fri 21-Sep-12 13:07:08

I also have to confess that there was bunting involved last weekend

Quenelle Fri 21-Sep-12 12:58:32

That is a shame. We stayed at a site on the North Norfolk coast the other weekend which was a strange mix of beautiful-and-wild and regimented-and-corporate. There was a shiny, smoked glass reception where the female staff wore knee length grey skirts and blazers. But even they were still happy to mix tents with campervans.

Blu Fri 21-Sep-12 12:43:31

I suspect many a French camper has an asbo - an 'anti-social boules order'.

Blu Fri 21-Sep-12 12:42:10

ohhh. I have heard lots of camp site managers saying no to tents and camper vans in the same bit. I suspect there might be some regulation about it. Licensing or H&S or something.

SlubberTarpWrangler Fri 21-Sep-12 10:30:54

Oh what a shame, and how extraordinary. Some site owners really enjoy their rules don't they. My favourite of this season is 'no boules to be played outside the tents'. And about time too. The number of times I've been sat quietly outside my tent and some utter utter bastard has come along with his pétanque kit RUINING the ambience.

Caerlaverock Fri 21-Sep-12 10:17:02

We were in the campervan bit (incidentally right next to the tent bit) and there was much hooha about whether we would be sleeping in said tent so we said it was for storage. The rudeness of the site manager was breath taking. Luckily it was such a nice weekend we rose above it.

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