So here’s a funny story. Remember me saying I’d finished things with my man-friend a few weeks ago and how heartbroken I was? Yeah, we’re back together. I know, I know … they’re exes for a reason, but please don’t judge. Like with most things, it’s actually really rather complicated, and the situation isn’t quite what I want, at least not yet, but I’m happy and I’m just going to carry on seeing him for as long as I feel that way – however long that may be.


Anyway, the reason I’m telling you is that I’m going to do something tomorrow that I vowed I’d never do again. (No, not that.) I’m going camping. I’m really not a natural camper, much preferring 5* hotels over damp fields, and I think I may have mentioned it before, but the last time I went camping it was bloody awful and I vowed never to do it again. But back then, I was on my own with a tween, lugging crap up and down copious amounts of hills (I was at Camp Bestival), I got a migraine, had no drugs and, to top it all off, it rained. Of course it did. So that put me off for years.


This time round, I’ve been assured that I won’t have to lift a finger (yeah, we’ll see), and that the only thing I’ll have to do is drink beer sat around a fire. And maybe do a bit of kissing, but we’ll see what mood I’m in.


That’s the thing about relationships though isn’t it? Doing things that are out of your comfort zone because the other person likes them, and basically just trying not to moan too much. I’m a 46-year-old woman that likes her home comforts! I like chilled Prosecco. I like soft beds and candlelight. I LIKE ELECTRICITY GOD DAMN IT! But … I’m going to do this back-to-nature camping tomorrow because he’s really excited about it (*rolls eyes*) and I know it will be fun, because I’m going to make sure it is. I will make it as comfortable, as warm, as ‘luxurious’ as I can … or failing that, I’ll just stay drunk all weekend. In fact, this will be me all weekend …


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Blacks, the outdoor retailer, have very kindly gifted me a tent and two sleeping bags – good job really as I literally had nothing, and I’ve bought two camping chairs, a light and a retractable firepit thing (technical term). I’ve also bought a case of Budweiser, four bottles of Prosecco and a bag of marshmallows.



I’ll do a blog post if I survive, so you can see if it’s possible to have fun camping when you’re really not so much of a fan of the whole outdoor thing, but please do follow me on social media as I’ll be posting some snapshots whilst I’m there – particularly on IG Stories.


Wish me luck. I’ll need it.


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  1. Kate – this is the best camping advice you will get (we are seasoned campers with a VW campervan named Lulu – or the mistress as she gets more money spent on her than I do). I started doing this way back when – and it is the one thing that saves me every camping weekend. Get yourself some 2ltr bottles of still water – empty about an inch of water out of the top of the bottle (because water expands when frozen) – FREEZE. At the same time chill your wine in the fridge until you are about to leave the house. Place frozen bottles on bottom of cold bag, wine in the middle, more frozen bottles on top. Bottles will stay partially frozen for a whole weekend if you keep in the shade. RESULT cold cold prosecco/wine when you need it (maybe let him put his beer in cold bag ….. maybe) and you have cold drinking water whenever you need it 🙂

  2. This made me properly giggle the last time I went camping I was sooo miserable that when my friend said “Come on this isn’t like you … you’re usually so positive” My reply was ” I am being positive now, I’m positive I want to go home!!!” I’m sure yours won’t be like that – you have alcohol & new love to lighten & brighten the experience … Have fun 🙂 x

  3. Good luck Kate glad to
    Here your back seeing your man friend very brave lady going camping rather you than me but I’m sure your have a lovely time enjoy look forward to reading your views on the camping expodition xx

  4. Hehe

    This was me two years ago. We are now sorting out out 6th family camping trip for the summer

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