I don’t think I’d told you, but I’ve been housebound for the last three months while our camper’s been in for repairs. It’s not been too bad seeing as I work from home and it made sense my fiance used my car for work, but it’s meant bank holidays away in tents and shopping trips after work hours.
Now the camper’s back in our life, we’ve been trying to make the most of dog friendly weekends again and getting as many Fitbit steps under our belts as we can. Of course, the site seeing is ultimately what it’s all about.
And as with all camping trips, I take up the job of stocking up on food and drink for any eventuality while my fiance uses his Amazon Prime account for any gadgetry like our new extra camping phone/cup holder. So here’s a breakdown of what we got up to at the beginning of the month!
WHERE WE VISITED: To make the most of the weekend, we headed up north to Doncaster for my Dad’s birthday on the Friday night and had bought him this cool Interflask travel flask. We are loving ours so much, we even took them with us for our morning coffees and a bonus is that he really seemed to like it. Success!
WHAT WE ATE: We’ve been trying to be good in a morning and avoiding our routinely camping breakfast of (McDonalds). There’s something about mornings where I’d rather not cook while I try and wake up, so picked up these handy little Tesco porridge oats to save on washing up. I wouldn’t eat these at home, but didn’t mind a few extra calories to prep ourselves for a long hike. And apart from stuffing our rucksacks with usual sandwiches, I also picked up a huge stash of emergency breakfast bars which are more forgiving than cakes. If you’re are going to be naughty too, these Cadbury’s Brunch Bar in raisin are tooootally worth it! However, once the weekend was over, we left them in the camper (out of sight, out of mind!)
WHERE WE WALKED (18 Miles/ 42k Steps): It’s amazing how far something can see when you set off by car but a walk can change your whole perspective. And I hadn’t realised how close the Doncaster Dome really was from my home village; (it’s more or less a straight line but the woods and trees block the view). So Saturday’s mission was to walk it and back. In fact, one we got there, we had a cheeky celebratory ’99 by Doncaster’s Lakeside and trekked across the Racecourse on our return. (And I’m still bummed about learning of Caroline Aherne’s death on our way back).
WHAT WE SAW: I like to think I saved the best ’til last. I can’t believe how much parts of Doncaster have grown. It’s not the first place I’d think of as a holiday since I’m from there, but if you do go to The Dome for any reason, be sure to walk around the vast Lakeside (not the shopping centre). It’s huge compared to how it was 15 years ago and the perfect picnic spot with swimming ducks aplenty. And there’s a hidden walk behind the Vue Cinema and if you reach to the top, you’ll get a 360 degree view of the Dome and Keep Moat stadium, home of the Donny Rovers; (3rd picture on the top right). One Direction fans, eat your heart out.
ONCE WE GOT HOME: Sadly we had to end our trip early to get back in time for the Bulkington Carnival before they blocked access to our road. So as a treat, we entered Hans in to the annual Pretty Paws’ Waggliest Tail competition to which he’s now been demoted to 3rd place. His consolation prize? A tennis ball. So we took him to their HQ for a good grooming the following Wednesday to cheer him up 🙂
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