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Just grazing

Warning – Don’t read any further if you are hungry and out of range of food.

I’m currently sitting at my desk (catching up on non-work paperwork and the internet) and every so often my hand creeps off to a small cardboard box next to me. Inside are four trays with really, really nice food in. There is a tray of olives, a tray of pecans in honey, a tray of chilli rice crackers and a tray with dried fruit and pumpkin seeds. Seriously delicious.

Where do they come from? They arrived by post on Tuesday, from Graze. The deal is that you sign up to receive a box per week at £2.99. You can look through their entire range and decide which things you want to receive and which you don’t. Each box will then have a selection. My first box had  lots of raisins, accompanied by different things such as dark chocolate covered pumpkin seeds, almonds and white chocolate drops. Anyway, if you like the idea of healthy (mostly) snacks arriving in your letterbox then I have a discount code that will let you have one box free and one half price. Just enter GG1334T at the checkout. As well as you getting free/cheap food, I’ll get a pound off my next box. Go on, you know you want to!

In other news, I have located somewhere that will make me a decaff latte. Only 4 miles away!

Carry on camping

We took Rusk camping at the weekend. Boy was that an experience! It never ceases to amaze me how he can increase his stamina according to whether there are interesting things going on. While he would normally have 2 naps a day and sleep from 7 to 7, he managed to get by with the odd 20 minutes of nap and stay awake while we went to a restaurant until 9pm. He entertained everyone at the table by playing peekaboo with his napkin. I was less impressed when a pigeon woke him up at 5.15am the next day, particularly since I was in the same tent as him and I had to wake up too. At least a tent is a fairly safe environment where he can play without needing too much attention from a very bleary-eyed parent.

We found a very, very good visitor centre and gift shop in Dalby Forest, along with a 2.5 mile walk that was suitable for pushchairs, although possibly better for pushchairs with slightly bigger wheels than ours. It was tough pushing at times. We rewarded ourselves with a cream tea afterwards. Rusk loves scones – probably a good thing for a vicarage child – and will keep quiet for quite a while if given chunks of scone every few minutes.

So, my top camping tips for camping with a nearly-toddler:

  • Make sure the child can actually toddle. Crawlers get very muddy knees, or have to be carried much of the time.
  • Have a small tent ready to use as playpen while putting the larger ones up
  • Take many other adults with you to play with the toddler
  • Either camp far away from other people or accept that the toddler will disturb a large proportion of the campsite
  • ALL camping equipment counts as toys, from the guy ropes to the air bed pump. Don’t bother taking many actual toys
  • Gin and tonic (for you, not the toddler)