Spring is in the Air

The great weather over the weekend gave us the chance to get outside and do some more cooking on our rocket stove.  It may have only been in our back garden, but any opportunity to cook our meals outdoors is our favourite preoccupation at the moment as we get more excited about the camping season getting started proper. We cooked Huevos Rancheros on the stove which is becoming one of our staples when we campfire cook. Good and hearty – and what we really enjoy is cracking in a couple of eggs to poach them in the pan with all the juices from the chorizo and veggies.

It has been great to get out of doors and it gave us a chance to see the signs that spring is really here…

First Camp of the Season

Last weekend we made our first camping trip of the season at Trippenkennett Farm which lies in attractive countryside in Three Ashes near Monmouth. Our trip was a one night stop over on our way to visit family. It was great to be back outdoors and using our trusty Belltent as we had been impatiently waiting to do so, it being nearly six months since our last camping trip. Of course it is still very early in the season and not many sites are open but Trippenkennett was very much up and running with campervans, motorhomes and caravans being used whilst we were there. We were the only tent on the site, but we know that the Bell Tent Campers Facebook group met up to camp here the previous weekend so it appears the farm is very popular for such a small site.

The scene was still wintry with the first signs of spring just visible and the trip gave us the first try out of some new kit we had invested in over the winter to allow us to extend our camping season. All in all the trip was a great success and we were not cold at night thanks to our new tent inner, and using the electric hook up we were able to use an electric heater to take off the chill in the morning. Thanks to Campfire Magazine, we cooked on our new Anevay Rocket Stove and it provided lots of warmth for us to sit out into the darkness of the evening. A good night and as always provided lots of food for thought for new projects for our next eagerly awaited trip.

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Reflecting on 2014

Looking back at our year whilst out on adventures…

Big Thanks to Campfire Magazine

We were the winners in Campfire Magazine’s autumn competition to win an Anevay Horizon rocket stove. Campfire Magazine is for everyone who loves good food and the great outdoors and we would like to say a big thank you to them for featuring our Horizon rocket stove cooking adventures in their fantastic magazine. About B&T they say ‘he’s been testing out his cooking skills using it and here are the delicious-sounding results’…and about themselves, ‘Well, first of all, we camp…a lot! We’re also a bit food obsessed, so we launched Campfire Magazine to share our thoughts and finds, but also because we want to create a community of, dare we say it, gastro-campers, who’ll share their ideas and discoveries too’.

If you want to know more, why not check out their blog at campfiremag.co.uk or their tweets @CampfireMagUK for news, reviews and tips on camping and cooking kit, recipes, food and special places to stay or visit.

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Outdoor Cooking Adventures

During our camping holidays over the summer months we have been coming back to the tent for the evenings to cook, eat and relax under the stars and we have been searching to find a small clean and efficient wood fired stove suited to cooking meals from scratch. We first saw the sturdy and well made Anevay Horizon Rocket Stove at a local wood fair at Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire, and were immediately impressed by how quickly the stove was lit and ready for cooking and how little smoke was produced. We spotted a review when we subscribed to Campfire Magazine, who were having a competition with the prize of a Horizon stove, so we entered and incredibly we won! They have regular competitions so you too could pop to & subscribe. Continue reading

The ride you can hide

Folding up man’s most ingenious invention.

dahon at design school

This is my unassuming little DAHON, a Classic 3, a model that in its time changed the method by which folding bikes were made, and the manner in which we got from A to B. Dahon folders are bicycles that in addition to all the characteristics you expect from a regular bicycle, collapse for handy storage and portability in seconds, small enough to take on a bus or train, or fit under the stairs…

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WW1 Vintage Street

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As part of the World War 1 commemorative events, Ashbourne in Derbyshire held a Vintage Street Market in the Market Place on Sunday. It was a beautifully warm sunny day and the town was thronging with people taking the opportunity to mark the 100 years since the start of the First World War whilst enjoying the lovely weather. 

We took along our retro stall which this week was stacked high with furniture, kitchenalia, eclectic and kitsch novelties. It was a lively day and had a real buzz about it. The market hosted live music, a vintage caravan cafe serving cream teas, ice cream bike, clothing, furniture, and bric-a-brac with many stall holders in WW1 period costume. A First World War Memorabilia Exhibition was held in the Town Hall, that culminated in a recreation of the Declaration of War from the balcony of the Town Hall, followed by a parade by the Silver Band and Ex Servicemen marching to the Church. Continue reading

Peak District Adventures

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We have been out having adventures in our new bell tent in the Peak District, as we wanted to take the tent on ‘test drive’ for our first time out…

We settled on Rivendale, a campsite that sits on a hillside overlooking Eaton and Alsop Dales. This site offers something for everyone offering pitches for campers, as well as timber yurts and glamping pods. We were looking for something a bit more ‘back to nature’ and for our no frills escapade, we were treated to having the magical experience of pitching in their 10 acre meadow amongst the leafy orchards and wildflowers. Continue reading

Our Wooden Serving Boards make a welcome gift…

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Our Wooden Serving Planks make a welcome gift, as they look and feel good, are comfortable to use and won’t dull knives. Handcrafted in Leicestershire, UK by Designer Maker Darren Browett these visually appealing handmade boards are finished using milk paint colours that celebrate the glory of vintage and retro style. Though use and wear these planks will continue to look unique. You can bring an accent to your kitchen by leaving our good solid wooden planks on the countertop. Continue reading

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