Christmas Camp 2010

Our first ever Nic Camp Christmas Camp. Have been excited, nervous, scared, apprehensive, worried about it for the last few weeks i can only now ask myself WHY!??!! We had the most fantastic week and EVERYONE was just lovely.

We left home early-ish on Sunday as to take Skye to her dance exam before heading off to Devon. She was really nervous but did very well, although in all the excitement of packing to go to Christmas Camp we forgot her dance shoes 😦 Hopefully she won’t be penalised too much. So, exams done, and we’re off 🙂

Had a really good run down and arrived i think around 6 ish and were welcomed by Nic, kfish, the beans (and possibly others) and mulled wine and pot of tea 🙂 Sat chatting for a while and the girls went off to explore and play – to be honest we hardly saw them and by Tuesday morning I was feeling a bit ‘homesick’ as it felt like they were not there, only really seeing them for food and bed with periodic checking in!! How ridiculous is that! Jacket potatoes for tea and lots more chatting, tea drinking, game playing, cake eating which was pretty much the rest of the week for the adults but with plenty of group activities in between!! I became one of the Kitchen peeps for most of the week which was fab – lots of laughs – and I love being in the kitchen so suited me perfectly 🙂

Monday had a lovely geocache walk with the beans and any children who fancied a some fresh air. Unfortunately we failed to find the first cache but the daddy’s walked on to the next with those that wanted to carry on and HH and I walked back to the Hostel with the ones who were not so keen. Second cache was found as was the first one on their way back! Evening meal was HHs ‘Camp Curry’ which was delish and finished off with ‘almost 40’ birthday celebrations for J and A, 6th for BB and 8th for S. Caketastic!

I was pretty rubbish at staying up late for the rest of the week – i blame the mulled wine!

Tuesday was historyetc crafting in the style of the Phoenicians. Dying fabric purple with red cabbage, making bracelets with ‘glass’ beads as well as developing purple dye they also developed glass, created fimo tanis charms 🙂 Also made a ‘plague’ of frogs which kept many entertained for hours! Wayne along with daddybean and others took some of the children geocaching in the afternoon and i stayed behind in the kitchen to help with preparing the veggie stew and dumplings and partook in ceremonial dumpling throwing, although H and I were a little more reserved than the carnivores in this exercise!!

Wednesday was our trip to Pennywell on the coldest day of the year so far!! After everyone had enjoyed breakfast we piled into our cars and set of in convoy to the farm. We were welcomed by a sign at the entrance and then Mark the elf led us to Noah’s barn, which was FREEZING! We were lucky enough to take a look at the gorgeous Pennywell miniature piglets born only a week before, soooo cute 🙂 Had trouble warming up, despite having a zillion layers on but spotted a rather large huddle by the bouncy castle welcoming the warm air from the generator! After eating our picnic lunches in the barn we were taken to another barn, seated on bales to enjoy the Live Nativity which was fab. All the children had the opportunity to dress up and take part in the nativity, Skye was an angel and Poppy a shepherdess 🙂 Lots of carolling and laughter and a chance to warm up under the heat lamps above the seating area which was very welcome 🙂 A visit to Santa then into the cafe for mulled wine, coffee, tea and mince pies for the adults and squash and biscuits for the children.

On the way back to camp a few of us visited the Marble museum which was fab. Had lots of fun looking at the marble runs and browsing the store. Poppy bought herself one of those Metal Pin Art contraptions where the pins will stay in place leaving an image of the object in the pins. You can make a pin impression of your hand or face or capture the image of an object. Skye purchased a lovely pair of earrings 🙂

Back to camp for pasta tea, slight confusion over the veggie option but all was well in the end. Helped prep veg for the following day’s Christmas Dinner 🙂

Unfortunately was too tired to join in evening games but had a fantabulous day 🙂

Thursday Woke up to a white ‘Christmas Day’, so excited!! After breakfast a group of us adults, namely me, Wayne, Nic, Ady and Chris, joined shortly after by James, along with some of the children had a great time playing in the snow 🙂

Back into the kitchen to continue preparations for our Christmas feast, thank you to Chris for the delicious nut roast 🙂 Nic and I battled hard with the crazy oven and have scars to prove it! The ‘waiters’ did a great job of setting out tables complete with crackers and dinner was served on time, although the peas tried to ruin it 😉

After lunch we headed upstairs to huddle round the Christmas tree to exchange our Secret Santa gifts. Everyone had made such a fantastic effort. I was over the moon with my gift of crochet needles in a beautifully crocheted pouch…the giver of my SS was revealed only by the choice of wool!! 😉 Wayne received a beautifully had crafted fimo savings pot, complete with poppies and blue sky 🙂 Poppy received a cute little gold purse packed with sweets and a necklace and Skye was very happy with some lovely hand made necklaces and bracelets.

The children ushered us back downstairs to watch their play which they had spent the whole week rehearsing. Then Christmas Carols accompanied by a variety of musical instruments, cellos, violins, recorders, glocks with Helen on keys and Em doing a fine job of conducting and encouraging 🙂 I even got to play the recorder 😀

Mince pies and Christmas pud, mulled wine, chat ensued amongst packing ready for departure in the morning 😦

I’m not entirely sure what the girls did all week but they had the most amazing time, made new friendships, strengthened existing ones and were sad that the week had to come to an end.

Friday finished packing, tidying, cleaning, tea drinking, more chat, more tea drinking. Then it all went horribly wrong for the beans, with poor SB having a rather nasty accident minutes before they were due to leave meant them not dashing home but desperately locating a local emergency dentist 😦

Our drive home was mostly traffic free, did feel for Em and Matt who had broken down on the motorway 😦

Once home we unpacked car, put washing on and had a lovely cup of tea 🙂

Thank you to everyone for making us feel so much part of the ‘family’ and to Nic and Ady for the invite 🙂

Looking forward to next year!

Photos will be added just as soon as i’ve finished downloading! Had technical hitch with camera!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nic
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 23:39:46

    Really, really enjoyed getting to know you guys better. Thanks for all your help in the kitchen and for being such fab ‘first timers’ 🙂 xxx


  2. HelenHaricot
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 02:40:54

    lovely you being there, like you have always been one of the gang 😉 great holiday


  3. Michelle
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 21:32:17

    glad all enjoyed it so much 🙂


  4. Daddybean
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 23:13:00

    Yay, was good to ahve your there. Glad you had a good time, it can be a bit daunting the first time


  5. Em
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 07:34:11

    Yup felt like you’d been before – was lovely to have you there. We all really enjoyed getting to know you 🙂


  6. Ali
    Jan 15, 2011 @ 11:53:15

    Finally got here – was lovely to meet you and your kitchen skills were much appreciated!


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