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Last camping in the three-man tent

Pip, Laurie and I spent our last free weekend before we’re in the drop-zone by going camping as a family of three for the last time. As it was the Tilmanstone Church Fete that weekend we camped outside Folkestone, and my Mum & Dad came in their motor-home as well.

We had a very English weekend – here’s our checklist!

  • Sitting in a tent in the rain
  • Scampi and chips in a pub
  • Sandy beach and sandcastles in the sun
  • Half a mile of thick mud between the end of the sand and the start of the sea
  • Church fete
  • Live jazz
  • Punch and Judy
  • Losing at tug o’ war
  • Barbecuing after the weather’s gone cold
  • Rowing boats
  • Blackberry picking (from rowing boats, extra points)
  • A picnic
  • A steam train ride
  • A miniature railway ride
  • A miniature steam train ride (extra points)
  • Climbing a lighthouse
  • A shingle beach in the drizzle
  • A cream tea on top of the White Cliffs of Dover, overlooking France.

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1 comment to Last camping in the three-man tent

  • […] Port Lympne’s special feature is that most of the herbivores roam free on a large hillside park and you take safari drives through it, on off-road trucks.  You won’t get much of a shot from these as they don’t stop very long at any point. We had an open-sided land rover which didn’t have to stick to the regular route or schedule, so we got closer to the animals and more time with them.  I still didn’t get any good shots from any of the drives though.  If you get the right angle, you can photograph a large African herbivore (rhino, giraffe, zebra, gnu etc.) with a thatched cottage, two nuclear power stations, a small-gauge steam railway, a lighthouse and the English Channel in the background.  I don’t know why they don’t make more of a feature of this possibly unique possibility. […]

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