Saturday, 14 April 2012

INVASION of the Teenage Campers!!

Just when I think I've survived the Easter holidays intact, and all that's left to do is to play the organ on Sunday morning before returning to school and starting a new term...an INVASION arrives...
Nine teenagers, friends of Youngest, all set to camp in the garden...night frost, hailstones, rain and wind notwithstanding!

Mad! I tell you! Mad altogether!


They pitched tents (four in total), collected their own kindling from along the bottom lane, had a chat and fed carrots to Mary Horse, chopped logs, lit the fire AND kept it going despite the wind, cooked out (baked beans and skewers- chicken and vegetable) (having prepared the vegetable skewers first at the kitchen table, and wasn't that a laugh!), went for a torch hike, froze, talked for IrelandEnglandScotlandandWales, did some stargazing (someone brought a telescope), retired inside to watch a video and warm up, retired to their tents, and were up at dawn for another hike before landing in the kitchen like a bunch of zombies to cook a massive breakfast which went on for nearly four hours!

I have to admit I get such a kick out of them all, from their attitudes to tent pitching (lying on the grass watching everyone else and offering advice) to trying to keep the fire alight (have you anything else ready to burn?), as well as the snippets of conversations overheard!
...and another thing? Under the direction of Youngest they left the place as neat as a group of teenagers could! Mattresses and bedding all returned upstars, kitchen and garden clean and tidy. MEGA-impressed!

Gotta love teenagers...sometimes!!

And now we are down to the last day before school and the dreaded WSE. Aaaargh!
Oh well, this too will pass...

5 comments:

Chrissy Brand said...

Mad but fun- yes, a good side of teenagers is seen here!

Amanda said...

It's easy to knock teenagers isn't it, and they can drive you completely up the wall, but well brought up children are well brought up teenagers under all the angst. My sons used to have lots of sleepovers and the occasional party, and the house was always cleaner after they'd left than before they'd arrived.

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

Looks like a blast! Obviously a teen was was 'dragged up proper' ! Mine seem to enjoy camping too - didn't get it from me! What a view from the back garden!

Ulla said...

They want to come again!

Lynn Naughton said...

Well they certainly don't come under the bracket of "Cotton Wool Kids". Great stuff and well done to them for facing the Irish elements.

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