Make the most of the September heatwave and get camping!
30 September 2011 : Written by The Campingninja Team
Get camping in the sun
Well, it seems to be the hottest week (at this time of year) since 1875 and the weekend looks to be glorious too. So, if you thought you had packed your tent away for the year, think again - dust it off, make a last minute booking
with Campingninja in 5 mins (there is plenty of space everywhere) and get on the road to enjoy he beautiful September rays.
Don't forget that at this time of year most campsites are charging way less than in the Summer - often half the price. So, whether your a family or group of friends or a couple wanting to get away for the weekend book now
- what else were you planning on doing?
The Secret Diary of a Camping Ninja: Scary September
21 September 2011 : Written by A Camping Ninja
Halloween was not for another month yet, but freakily, I had just come across one of the biggest spiders I have ever seen, squatting in house just now.
Its cheeky grin was doing nothing to reassure me of its innocence. And in fact, they had all had cheeky grins on their faces. There had been eight so far this September and an average of two per night in the last few days alone: scary September!
Not forgetting the saying ‘if you wish to live and thrive, let a spider run alive’, it was becoming apparent that there was only one thing for a lean, mean, killing machine (cough, cough) ninja to do: evacuate!
It was way too scary to stay in the house. There had been two spiders too many already tonight. So it was time to pack up the tent and head outside for a night of camping out in the back garden.
‘Right, you’re in charge of the house now’ I called out to the goldfish and cat, knowing all too well that left to their own devices, they would both happily eat any spiders that came their way (although technically speaking, in order to live and thrive, that wasn’t actually what I wanted to happen as it was bound to be unlucky). I checked my tent bag for any eight-legged clingers on then clambered out into the garden with my camping gear, shutting the back door firmly behind me.
Camping bugs were one thing; I could deal with those, but spiders in the house; uh-uh, no way!
Camping Games #1 - The Two Man Sleeping Bag Challenge
13 September 2011 : Written by The Campingninja Team
Camping Games #1 - The 2
Man Sleeping Bag Challenge
At Campingninja, when we go camping, we like to try new things and sometimes make up our own games to pass the time; especially whilst waiting for other people to get ready or hanging around waiting for food to cook etc.
The Two Man Sleeping Bag Challenge came about when we were camping in Woolacombe at Easter. One fine morning we were waiting for our bacon to cook and it was taking a fair while due to the gas cannister being at the end of its life; so, we challenged our friends (1 being 6' 5", the other 5' 5") to the 2 man sleeping bag challenge - get in together, zip it up all the way, see how long you can last...
We sped it up a little for even more comedy value!
Have you devised any new camping games this year? Or ever? Let us know and send us a YouTube link or post it on our Facebook page
The Secret Diary of a Camping Ninja: Camping Clear Out
08 September 2011 : Written by A Camping Ninja
I’d often been warned about the dangers of shopping during sale time, but I had a firm belief that it was the female of the species that tended to be affected, and Camping Ninjas less so. Women queuing up for hours before the shops open, then pushing and shoving, and fighting each other just to get a bargain, only to reach the till with their trophy sale item for the lady standing in the queue behind them, to bite them on the arm to make them drop it so that they can swiftly move in for the sale item steal and instead, buy it for themselves. A true story apparently, or so my friend Suzie says.
So with the end of summer and the beginning of September, comes a dubious time of year; sale season. But I wasn’t afraid. The cut throat world of fashion was one thing, but I hoped that, like camping, camping shopping would be much more relaxed. I would go in unprepared to bite, and equally, not prepared to be bitten either! Camping Ninjas were sure to be much more sophisticated when it came to sale shopping.
Besides, ‘sold out’ would be the worst words for my eyes to see. Maybe I would squint on my way into the shop, bracing myself in case those words appeared, but I wouldn’t queue up for hours before opening time. And there would be absolutely no need to use any of my special ninja combat powers (although more self-defence for friendly Camping Ninjas really) in any bargain battles with any other customers.
In fact I just waltzed in, browsed for my chosen tent and other camping accessories, and checked out my basket at the till. No, I wasn’t shopping peacefully online, but I could have been. It was bargains, bargains, bargains all the way; what an exciting time of year!
You see, you can never have enough tents. And a camping clear out at one of my favourite camping shops is an indulgent form of Camping Ninja heaven. Although, it’s definitely worth a mention that, as every Camping Ninja knows; every tent is a special one and no old tent will ever become an unloved tent, no matter how many new tents we buy.