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All food (and crockery) is communal; stuff is cooked, the plate is then passed around the group or put in the centre.  Plate is also re-used if stuff is done in portions (eg bacon sandwiches).  Cook’s word is law.  You also feel a bit like you’re yelling ‘come to the cookhouse door!’

Each night, when saying goodnight, especially if wending your way through the tents as everyone’s getting ready for bed, someone will start the ‘G’night John Boy.’ patter.  Even if none of us have ever seen the original show.

Keeping stuff dry is actually *more* pressing than keeping stuff clean. You can clean something quickly, though that normally waits until the last minute - and is also communal. Drying takes *forever*.

The frying pan and grill were a major step in human evolution.

Wasp hunting and trapping is a way of life and a continual pasttime.

Books are nice but you’ll never manage to read more than a few pages at a time before someone’s interrupting you.

Gazebos/shelters you can stand up and congregate in (preferably with a table and seats) during rain: worth their weight in gold.

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still got some theatre reviews to write up.

Camping was wet and cold and involved standing around the table and talking and drinking coffee in the rain. Some people stayed in the bunkhouse in the dry. others stayed in the rain and went 'sod it'. Also me elbowing everyone else out the way to take control of the barbecue and telling everyone 'wait your turn, has everyone been fed yet?' But yeah. it was fun, and there were showers. And sheep that had conversations at 3am.
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currently packing for Discworld camping con (essentially a bunch of discworld fans go camping. No costumes or activities, just camping). Or rather, have packed the rucksack, last thing to go in is the washbag which I *just* have space for, slightly despairing of getting the sleeping bag and tent tied on. And the wellies (can't wear, as have to go into work in morning, then work summer party is the afternoon). ACK. Also I have the camping stove. Which is its own little suitcase. Seriously, how is camping SO MUCH STUFF? How do people do it without cars? And I have my cotton tote bag and my normal bag.

:sigh: it would be at least a bit less stuff if I wasn't bringing cooking stuff, but not having hot food and tea/coffee is non-negotiable.
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A silly, relaxed weekend on a campsite near Hay-on-Wye. Where I managed to not buy a single book on the trips we did go into Hay.beware the ukeleles )


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