We’ve just returned from our first ever camping trip! We went to The Secret Campsite, a beautiful site in Sussex. The owner, Tim, has done a fantastic job at making the site feel private, with  wildflowers and grass allowed to grow tall between each pitch. Although the campsite was fully booked, from our tent we couldn’t see anyone at all.

I did go a bit overboard with trip planning considering it was just for 2 nights, but having all the right equipment and preparing food in advance definitely helped to make things go smoothly. I did manage to forget to take a sharp knife though, so we ended up slicing bread etc with a very blunt plastic knife!


I also decided we absolutely needed some bunting and a picnic mat, so managed to make these in 3 days before the trip. The picnic mat was made mostly with Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks fabrics and a laminated cotton backing (Summer Totem from Loulouthi collection). It measured approx 55″ square. Due to lack of time, I didn’t bind the edges or quilt it but might tie the quilt when I get the chance. I also made bunting using the same fabric. The 2 2.5m bunting garlands went round the living area of the tent nicely.


The weather was great when we arrived but we woke up to pouring rain and fairly strong winds on Saturday which left us feeling a bit apprehensive about the rest of the trip, however it cleared up enough for us to take a long walk down a disused railway path where we saw rabbits, frogs, bright blue dragonflies and a field of cows.

Unfortunately I didn’t take my SLR to save space but think I will take it next time as the scenery was so beautiful. I’m already planning our next trip!

1 Comment

  1. June 24, 2013 / 8:35 am

    this looks great! i am hoping to go camping in sussex too!! 🙂

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