I Love Not Camping ~ Day One


They have journeyed into the West through wind and rain to be at one with nature
 (Charlie and the kids have gone camping in Aberystwyth).
I, needless to say, do not feel the need to join them.

After they had gone I drove to Waitrose to buy treats. Indeed it was a treat to wander around the supermarket after several months of having my groceries delivered.
I bought a whole box of cherries, a ripe cantaloupe melon, bags of green salad leaves, big beef tomatoes, a beautiful steak, a piece of pearly cod, tiny dark olives and pungent French cheese not forgetting plenty of chocolate, ice cream and wine.

It poured with rain when I got back. I thought of the campers pitching their tents in it and fervently hoped they would not be tempted to return.


 I decided to wash my granny squares blanket. Tomorrow I will be attempting to repair the ravages of the washing machine.


I took solace in an elderflower G&T.*


Then I made salt and pepper squid for my supper with garlicky mayonnaise.


Now I am pouring a glass of Shiraz and preparing to watch Julie and Julia which seems like the perfect thing to watch at the start of what promises to be seven days of delicious food; also Google tells me that today is Julia Child's birthday.

* My gin came with a free sample of elderflower cordial plus this recipe;
50ml gin, 5-10ml elderflower cordial, 150ml tonic, lots of ice.

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  1. I am really keen to know how to make an elderflower gin. Sounds like something I might just take a liking to.

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    1. Sorry, that was a bit misleading. It isn't elderflower gin with tonic. It's gin and tonic with elderflower cordial in it. The gin (Gordon's) came with a free miniature bottle of Bottle Green elderflower cordial. 50ml gin, 5-10ml elderflower cordial, tonic and lots of ice.

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    2. I tried the G&T with elderflower tonight. All I can say is whoopee do! Thanks for the tip.

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  2. Yay for not camping. I wish my husband and kids would go camping so that I could have not camping week. And that elderflower G&T looks very tempting.

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  3. Ooh Waitrose - posh! It's cheapy Lidl and Asda for me.

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    1. Yes, I am incredibly posh.

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  4. I so enjoyed following along with your 'not camping' posts last time. Nice to see you doing it again! xo

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  5. My camping days are long gone too...enjoy your G&T&E!

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  6. I salute you and your non camping! You are fast becoming my modern day heroine - elderflower g and t recipe may have just clinched it!

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  7. I am writing from a very wet and windy West Wales. I would not like to be out camping tonight!!!

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    1. They are mad aren't they?

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  8. But did it taste better with the elderflower, or is something as innately perfect as G&T unable to be improved on? (research, you understand, in the hopes that I can persuade my husband and kids out camping!)

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    1. Very nice, but not necessarily better.

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  9. Dear Sue
    I tried gin and elderflower for the first time a week or so ago and thought it was delicious - light and summery and perfect for a warm evening (not tonight with the rain bucketing down, of course).
    I was dragged on camping holidays for much of my childhood and now have a complete aversion to staying anywhere without decent washing facilities next door. Traipsing across fields in the dark with a torch trying to locate a toilet was not my idea of fun. Never again - I have been left with psychological scars!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. It is that exact same scenario which keeps me at home Ellie.

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  10. I hope you are taking this seriously - you are doing it for all of us. Lots of food, films and gin. Off you go. Report back.

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  11. do you know, I have been looking forward to you not-camping? Very sad of me. I am still camping with my lot and leaving my husband at home, so I deserve at least that vicarious pleasure!

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  12. Just the idea of Not Camping sounds like heaven to me!

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  13. Day One of not camping sounds perfect to me! When the family went camping locally, I stayed blissfully at home with the cat, though on their last morning I thought I'd treat them all to fresh croissants and warm drinks for breakfast and knocked on the damp tent door flap with my goodies... I'd never been so popular!!
    I enjoyed your photos and could feel the relaxed atmosphere. ;)

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  14. Sounds blissful...enjoy!
    Take care
    Jude

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  15. by the way....I shall be mentioning your wonderful daily bread post soon, hope that's ok...if not, please tell me.
    Jude

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  16. Sue I like your style, it sounds a perfect week ahead. However if the rain in Wales is anything like the rain we had here yesterday you may find your soggy family members are back very soon.

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  17. Your not camping holiday was one of the highlights of last summer for me. I am vicariously enjoying your peace and delicious vittles.

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  18. Next week the Molly Dance side which I play fiddle for will ALL be camping at the Whitby Festival. For my sins...I should have been with them - I've been wanting to go the Whitby Fest for years...but it clashes with my music summer school the Burwell Bash. Part of me is desolate, the other, more elderly part, is relieved not to be camping!

    So we look forward to a week of totally self-indulgent blog posts as you dawdle through 'posh' supermarkets buying only treats, mooch about in a quiet, peaceful house, do only the barest essentials of housework, and throw together exquisite little meals-for-one. Enjoy!!

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    1. You sum up my 'not camping' experience so well.

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  19. I've been waiting for these posts with delicious anticipation ... oh to have a week all to myself! I shall live vicariously through your reports of your week of solitary delights

    The words 'not' and 'camping' were made for each other don't you think?!

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  20. Yes I've been waiting too Sue as you know! Lovely start and I feel most relaxed now. Sincerely hope the rain holds of for you/them xx

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  21. Hi Sue,
    Oooo i love your blog posts this camping week, yay! I look forward to putting my computer on and seeing what you`ve been up to, brilliant.
    Love Carole from Rossendale xxx

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  22. Oooh a week to yourself.....absolute bliss!!

    Even the shopping trip sounded laid back and holiday like, and the drink and choice of movie sounds wonderful.

    Enjoy the rest of the week.

    Sue xx

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  23. Oh, could just do with a G&T (with or without elderflower, I'm not fussy). There's a camping van and caravan show on at the Showground which delayed my trip to the supermarket and back, even though I came back a different route, so husband had to rush out the house to avoid them and not be late for his appointment so I didn't feel charitable to that kind of camping! Now why didn't I think to buy squid?

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  24. Hope you enjoy your holiday - lucky you to have a whole week to yourself! Best wishes, Pj x

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  25. I'm without husband and kids next week and am quite filled with dread and the thought (hubby a long way away for far too long - kids vanquished to Camp Grandparents)- however i shall take inspiration from your not camping week and indulge!

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    1. Oh, you must turn it to your advantage, I used to dread it but now I treat it as my holiday and indulge. Watch your favourite films, eat your favourite things -things the kids don't like, read all day and enjoy a tidy house.

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  26. Hooray... It's Not Camping!! I echo Alice's comment above - you're doing this for us all. We'll be sharing it with you, Sue.

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  27. All your food looks delicious, would you believe we have that elderflower cordial here in Australia, I love it.
    Your rose is such a beautiful color, does it have a lovely perfume?
    Enjoy your week, not that you need to be told that!!
    xx Sandi

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    1. It isn't heavily perfumed Sandi, but lovely when you bury your nose in it.

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