Family camping at Hanmer River, Christmas/New Year 1958. Annual event with often three generations present.
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“You should blog about glamping,” she said. “It’s all the rage now.”
I know I’m not as cutting edge as I might once have been, but it isn’t often I am so completely out of the loop that I don’t even recognise a word. And what a word. Glamping. Ugly as, formed from the unlikely coupling of glamorous and camping.
Glamping is all the rage, and it’s even got as far as New Zealand. But this is not number-eight-wire, she’ll-be-right-mate camping (aka Real Camping), where you do more with less: pitch tents, fend off rising rivers, fumble to drop loos at midnight. Instead Glamping is where you do less (actually nothing at all really, someone else is taking care of all of that) with much much more. Think artfully draped canvas on your luxury tent, G&T’s lurking behind every bamboo screen and gourmet meals created from the animals you have just observed at the waterhole.
The library, of course, has resources on all types of camping:
Good magazine has an article “Glamping for Beginners” in Issue 22. “Check out the luxury trend that’s putting style back into outdoor living.”
So far there is only one book on glamping: Handmade Glamping. Make up your mind, I say. Either it’s homemade and cheap or it’s glamorous and expensive, but don’t expect me to spend my year embroidering my yurt just so I can glamp it up.
So the jury is still out on glamping for me. But one thing is for sure, it will be a low point in my career if two of the least attractive words in the English language these days combine, and I become known as the glamping blogger.
Each year, along with half of Christchurch, we go up to Golden Bay and over to Totaranui to camp. This year was to be the most wonderful escape from battered old Christchurch, and, although I have the utmost empathy for the people of Golden Bay, I can’t help but feel somewhat selfishly miserable that this destination is now inaccessible due to major road damage.
If like me you have started the search for a new location and are feeling somewhat overwhelmed, then the library website can come to the rescue with various links to websites that may offer some hope.
If we end up in Christchurch, then I will definitely be checking out the Places to go links on The Pulse, and the Christmas is family time page, which is a great source of things to do over the holiday season.
I love camping. However I am not talking the small tent, one burner and a torch variety. Oh no, I like to camp in comfort. I have comfy chairs, a lounger, gas fridge and a lovely big tent which becomes a home away from home.
Summer beach holidays are a classic part of Kiwi family life. Each year we get the obligatory television news interview with campers evacuated from camping grounds or visits to classic camping ground destinations, yet each year more close as land becomes more valuable for development. Families are finding themselves shorter on cash, going back to basics at DOC camp grounds, spending their summer holidays in the same way they would have with their own parents.
Do you remember when camping was a white and green canvas tent with the wind flapping round the poles, water heated over the fire in a thermette, Alison’s camping blog entry shows what it was all about. Christmas dinner was cold mutton ham hung up in a safe under the nearest tree with Edmonds Christmas pud and custard heated over the fire for dessert. Trifle for Boxing Day if you where lucky and Mum managed to get the jelly to set. Cake tins of Christmas cake and shortbread had to be filled to feed the hordes of hungry children who always multiplied at meal times!
Today’s families are no different with a resurgence of families returning to camping holidays at the beach and lakes. Here’s some tips on finding camping destinations for todays families:
It’s starting to feel like that time of year again…
Camping at Goose Bay. 1955.
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