On Friday, my Duke Studios family and I packed up our cars with all things country-fide and waved goodbye to the city.
After an hour on the motorway, we slowly lost 3G, the fields began to roll in and there was no sign of a Topshop as far as the eye could see. Half an hour later we pulled into Hillcrest Park, a rural 6 acre plot of land which promised “peace and tranquility”.
I guess they didn’t see us coming then.
Not wanting to leave all of our home comforts in the city, we settled into amazing wooden pods complete with insulation, heating, carpet, electricity and a blackout blind. It’s camping without all the nature stuff.
Luckily we had plenty of hydrating liquids to help the weekend pass by…
..and a little entertainment too.
With the torrential rain easing off, we set upon the “10 to 15 minute” walk to the pub, across the border of County Durham and Richmondshire. 15 minutes, eased into 20 which turned into 30. Jen’s directions never fail us!
Hungry, thirsty and ready to liven up the local pub, we set upon our first evening in t’countryside.
After hours of wine, good conversation and classic pub grub, we walked home in the pitch black telling ghost stories and singing at the top of our voices.
Ready for a day of fun, Saturday morning began with strong Yorkshire tea and plenty of bacon.
With full stomachs and itchy feet, we set off to Hamsterley Forest for an adventure. We paddled, played Pooh Sticks, found mushrooms and walked for miles. Well, only 2.5. We’re not silly.
The fresh air made us a little peckish so we stopped off at a country pub for a spot of lunch.
Back at the pods and with the sunshine beaming down, we pulled out camping chairs and read magazine and newspapers until our bellies began to rumble again.
I was on the floor because I’m not a real adult. Who owns a camping chair?!
The boys fired up the BBQ to begin our feast. It was a little lively at first!
We dined on beef and lamb burgers, corn on the cob, halloumi and grilled peppers, with bananas stuffed with marshmallows and chocolate buttons for afters.
Then the rest became a little hazy…
The next day, with airbeds deflated and heads sore, we packed up our cars and headed back to the city for brunch cooked in the comfort of a real house. The countryside is great but sometimes you just need to watch YouTube videos on Apple TV, sat on a sofa with a dishwasher to do all the work.
I’m a city girl through and through!