16th October 2010
„Don't make the mistake thinking camping anywhere might be 'fun.' Remember this mantra: 'Having no holiday is better than having a camping holiday.'“ (Jenny Eclair's '50 fun ways to embrace middle age' - quoted in the Daily Mail on 14th October)
When I read this I consoled myself that all her tips do not necessarily apply to me, as I still have a few more years to go until I turn 50. And AH's age does not count, as he will always have the adventurous spirit he had at 9.
The first night's camping was survivable. There was sturdy moscito netting on the windows of our dome tent, so we did not have to close the flaps.
There was enough light seeping through to find my bearings. I could see the branches overhead and heard the circades. All in all a soothing, calming atmosphere.
I wrapped myself into my anti-bug sleeping bag liner and prayed that I would not have a call of nature until the morning...
The ablution facilities are mosquito heaven at night. Not only is the electric light left on and the door open, but there is also a pool of stagnant water right on the doorstep of the ladies due to sprinklers that are watering the grass day and night.
Yes, you guessed right. You have to time your entry and exit well if you do not want to take an unwanted cold shower...
The temperatures had dropped sufficiently to avoid another hot flush, but it was definitely too hot to use a sleeping bag.
I sprayed the tent with citronella spray several times and did not hear the high piched whine of any mosquitoes on my side of the tent, though AH claims to have caught one.
It's a bit of a palaver keeping the tent semi-bug free: Unlock the tent door, unzip, crawl in, zip up completely (the insects will take advantage of the smallest crack), adjust eyes to the darkness, find light switch (but don't expect the light to be so bright that you can find things you have misplaced...)
There are several key items that seem to have disappeared: My sunhat and sunglasses and my torch. AH already did a salto over a tent line in the dark yesterday...