So, an unexpected festival occurred this weekend. We’d been planning to go camping anyway for Tinanana’s birthday but Eirene phoned me on Friday morning to bring me up to speed with the plan reset arrangements – we were off to The Northern Didgeridoo camp / festival thingy. This was at the Lime Tree Farm site where the Thornborough festivals are held.
Friday night there were just us and our good camping buddies and their same shape as our family clan. (we’ve both got x 3 kids about the same ages) Had a nice fire, met some nice people and bimbled about, jammed a bit with some folk, went to see a couple of bands who were interesting and creative.
Saturday, set up the cricket set and played a bit with the kids and the big kids. Birthday girl Tinanana turned up with a couple of other friends. On the evening we did the usual tag team exploratory missions (some stay at camp, keep an ear out for the kids, some go to see bands and that). We’d got the camp set up really well. Awnings, vehicles, everything set out in the right place with (thankfully) loads of windbreakers in place as it was really windy.
Sunday – this was a surprise highlight for me – we went for a guided walk with the Lime Tree farmer – a really nice and very knowledgeable chap called Peter. Lime Tree Farm has some fantastic conservation programmes going on. A huge badger colony and a very hi tech hide were top things to see. Some gorgeous ponds and fenland areas alive with (thanks to the wind dropping for a bit) all sorts of nature. We got to see a barn owl fly past us at very close range. After that, we came back to camp and cooked, packed and came home. On arrival, the box set of The Blue Planet was waiting on our doorstep for us, so, fish and chips and nature programmes were the order of the end of the day. Nice end to a nice weekend.