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Childhood Holiday Memories

Over at A Residence, Penny has done a lovely ‘Memory Book’ link up and this week it’s childhood holiday’s. I didn’t have to trawl too much into my memory as I can always seem to remember the good times :-)

Every Summer at the end of August we would head off to either Wales or Scotland for 10 day’s of camping fun. Forget thoughts of camping today with showers, restaurants and swimming pools, no our camping was far better as we would camp on a farm and set up a proper camp.

When we were younger my Grandparents came too but this was to Wales, Talyllyn to be exact. We would camp either by the lakeside or next to the stream. We had a kitchen tent, a toilet tent (smelly but beats walking and queuing for the loo’s like you do these day’s) and different tents to sleep in. One for the girls of the family, one for the boy’s and another for my Grandparents when they came too. So it was really a lovely little camp set up.
childhood holidays memoriesLiving in a house with a pretty but very small garden it was blissful to have so much freedom. Cooking on the campfire was a treat, though a lot of done on the cooking stove. Bacon sandwiches in the morning, served with field mushrooms freshly picked that morning. Early mornings wearing shorts and wellies, we crossed the stream and with one of the grown ups with a penknife in hand we collected fresh mushrooms. As I type this I can smell the freshness of the mushrooms, strangely I can also remember there was lot’s of blackthorn tree’s which I can remember my Mum saying to watch out for because of the thorns. Memories of dewy grass and crossing back over the stream with mushrooms in hand or bowl!!!

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Day’s of simply walking in the stream with fishing nets behind us, I don’t think we caught anything but….Playing in the lake and trips into Dolgellau where I vividly remember spending my holiday money on a really gorgeous red squirrel toy only to later on drop it down the portaloo. Smelly? Yes. Tears? Yes!!! We did wash it but it wasn’t quite the same as you can imagine, and rather than being the loved toy I thought it would be it no doubt got rather pushed to the back!!!
childhood holidaysI am sure there were day’s it rained but to be honest my brain is not willing to remember them, evenings by the campfire, collecting sticks and bracken for the fire was an adventure. As was showering under a waterfall. I can remember the son of the person who owned the farm at Talyllyn David, I am sure either I or my sister had a crush on him and when we returned as we got older I can remember finding it very funny and giggling each time we saw him!!!

So there you go, just a snippet of my holidays memories, I hope you enjoyed them :-)


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  1. Heather says:

    I have to add to Ali’s wonderful childhood memory post a couple of my own; As soon as I see/hear Tallylyn I think of the beautiful steam railway that we used to go on and then the bright red baseball cap with the logo on the front that I was so proud of. This cap came in very handy when travelling home (I was never a good passenger!) I became car sick and as our Granddad didn’t manage to pull over in time I had to use my cap as the only available receptacle! Needless to say my cap was left at the side of the road!

    I remember the tyre swing over the stream that our Dad used to string up; I remember lying in my sleeping bag and being really annoyed with Ali who was wriggling in her bag and when I asked what she was doing she replied that the fidgeting kept her warm – whereas I prescribed to the lie still in one place to keep warm. I often think of this now when I’m camping and lying statue still to keep the warmth in!

    Ali may not be able to remember the rain but I can clearly recall our whole camp being flooded out and having to shelter in Granddad’s Comer van, with a Tilly lamp which attracted hundreds of Daddy Long Legs – and we all know what kids do to Daddy Long Legs?!

    I vaguely remember the Farmer’s son David! It was Ali that had the crush on him – I was far too in love with the Newsagent’s son to look at farm boys!!

    Thanks for the lovely reminders. If you ever do an article on childhood fights I’ve a few memories of those too!!! xx

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks for the additions :-) we did well with our holiday money gifts didn’t we? Sick in caps, squirrels down the toilet now need to think what John’s got up too!!! Thanks to for the reminder of David (so for me it’s was David the farmer’s son and David the grocer’s store son!!!) I am surprised I didn’t end up with a David, then who is David Brush I remember having a crush on him too, oh no it’s was Broom not brush and that was you wasn’t it ;-)

      I really don’t remember the rain or the wriggling, I still struggle to keep still for 2 minutes (poor Cam!).

      I will check with Penny’s list and see if there are some fight’s to write about, of course I will write first and you can add the gory bits that I got up too!!! ;-) x x x

  2. Ali I loved reading this and seeing the pics and hearing the other side of the story from your sister :) Sounds like the perfect childhood camping experience, campfires, fishing nets, beach, pocket money toys. Makes me think our camping trips could be much more authentic. Thanks so much for joining in. Siblings is next month’s theme, reckon you two could do a corker for it!
    I will do photos next month too, ran out of time, must steal some from Dad’s :)

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks Penny :-) Through my eyes it was perfect, nothing but sunny day’s and happy faces ;-D Yes I think your right siblings next month could be fun, be warned there may be hair pulling!!! I have a disc of lots of our old slides which we sorted out just before Heather went to New Zealand, so have lots of great pictures to add next time, but only nice things honest :-) x x x

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