Lazy Camping on the Farm

At last the sun came out, so a spot of lazy camping was called for, – we set out with the simple aim of only eating and sleeping and drinking tea. We visited Forestside Farm that is set in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside providing wonderful views of the Dove Valley and Weaver Hills. We always like to find destinations that are small, clean, friendly and peaceful. Chris and Jan Prince have certainly ensured their campsite ticks all these boxes, the site itself is on a working organic dairy farm and we have had a great time walking around looking at the new calves, – you really do feel like you are in the heart of the countryside. Continue reading

Appealing Camping

fish curry on the table

Whatever happened to camping furniture with an appealing design? This is the question I was asking myself when I was looking at the plethora of industrial aluminium furniture that seems to be the current mainstay of many camping stores. For our bell tent adventures we need furniture that is comfortable, functional, and durable but just as importantly for us it must be elegant and in sympathy with the surroundings of the great outdoors. Continue reading

Six Wheels on my Wagon

mini hustler

Neil Unsworth from Derbyshire has contacted us to tell us about his fantastic Hustler! We wrote a post on the Mini Hustler back in 2012, about how it is not just a car but a way of life. This is definitely the case for Neil who has almost completed a full restoration of his very rare six wheeler version. He tells us that his Hustler has been recently featured in Mini Magazine in February 2015 and it is one of only three that exist in the UK, with one selling at an auction at Bonhams in September 2014 for a whopping £11K…

Find our original blogpost on the Hustler here.

Thanks Neil for taking the time to tell us about your extraordinary car.

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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