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Thursday, 7 April 2022

Mad or brave?

 There's a lady tent camper, who apparently is a regular visitor, who turned up here at the park a couple of days ago - I can't quite decide whether she's totally bonkers or very, very brave and resilient!  She's certainly very friendly.....introduced herself and told us a bit (quite a lot actually!) about herself.  She's around my age I should think, perhaps a few years younger, is alone but has a dog with her.  She's disabled and uses a wheelchair most of the time, but is able to walk a short distance.  She comes from Falmouth (way down in Cornwall) and drives a fair distance before stopping to camp in various places along the way.  She has a car identical to ours which is packed to the gunnels with all her camping equipment, wheelchair, dog etc.  She sets up her tent - yes a tent, in this weather! - entirely by herself, she's clearly well practised at it.  So she's a lady on her own, getting on in years, disabled, with a dog to look after and walk, who loves camping seemingly whatever the weather - it's been blimmin cold and rainy and very windy here, interspersed with brief periods (and I mean just minutes) of fairly warm sunshine, but still with a very cold breeze.  I don't know whether to admire her for her total resilience and spirit, or be filled with horror at her choice of a tent - a tent!! - in a typical British spring that's throwing all kinds of weather at us.  Admiration wins out, I think.  

The weather is supposed to be better today, so we're off out this morning.  We need to get some dog supplies, there's a pet store in an area we're not familiar with not far from here, which has an out of town shopping area with several stores that we don't have near home, so we're going for a look round.  It means I get to look on my own (which is something that doesn't happen very often) as husband will stay in the car with Betty whilst I look, and then we'll swap over and I'll stay with Betty whilst he goes off for a look.  We were thinking of going to the beach but, although it's forecast to be sunny, the wind (which has been present all week) is due to be even stronger today, and I don't much fancy being on a beach getting sand blasted.  We might perhaps go for a walk round Cheddar Reservoir, depending on just how windy it is.

We're going home tomorrow afternoon, as we need to collect our prescriptions from the surgery and apparently my x ray results are in.  Our lovely van neighbours are going home on Saturday, we'll meet up with them again later in the month I expect, they won't be here for Easter as they have a family birthday.

11 comments:

  1. I think she is incredibly brave. Not sure I'd do that on my own but good on her.

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  2. Sooze, your description of the lady tent camper could have been ME! Except I'm not a wheelchair user. But yes, I camped in all weathers, starting in a small 2-man tent, just me and Todd, my Border Collie, then progressed to a bigger tent where I had room to stand up and set up a kitchen area. Got through a few tents, and had 3 different Border Collies over the years and eventually gave up after a particularly stormy stay (gale force winds and lashing rain) on a clifftop site in North Cornwall. The actual stay was OK - it was trying to take the tent down in those conditions that did for me. I was 75 years old and thought it was time to give up. I do miss being under canvas though and long for the chance to go again. I've said before - I envy you your home from home caravan and wish you many happy years enjoying it.

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    1. Oh my goodness you brave lady. And I thought car camping was brave. Can't wait to get away as soon as the weather perks up again.

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    2. I've not given up - I've fitted my Berlingo out with a single bed / bunk, porta potti, blinds and cooking facilities. All set for the warmer weather and off I go again. No dog any more though. :(

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    3. Good for you Rambler, I always admire folk with so much get up and go. It must be very different not having a canine companion, but a little easier I guess.

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  3. I'll be in the admire camp. She's living life as it suits her.

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  4. What a stoic lady. I wouldn't fancy camping in this weather (or any weather to be honest!)­čśé without being disabled! But good on her. She obviously loves it. Great to hear your x-ray results are finally in. Let's hope you get some answers now. xx

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  5. I love sleeping in a tent and just strapping it on my bicycle for a trip. I will look to your lady tenter as a role model for my future.

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  6. The tenting Lady has to be admired, so yes, very brave, albeit a tad eccentric, but, she is doing what she loves so good for her!

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  7. I think that she's mad, but in a good way.

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  8. She sounds like a remarkable woman, good for her. I don't think I could do it in a tent ... I've never liked being under canvas ... but a little caravan or motor home now that would be perfect.

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