Gary and I spent this weekend in Sidcup, visiting his family and attending his cousin’s engagement party. We also spent the weekend in camping… in his mum’s garden! A few weeks before, we’d mentioned to Gary’s mum Carol that we were in need of a tent – I’m going to Blogstock in a few weeks and will be camping the whole weekend! When we arrived on the Friday, we were pleased to see that Carol had managed to dig out an old tent which she no longer needed. Perfect! Luckily, the tent is super easy to put up, so I shouldn’t have any problem putting it up on my own at Blogstock (I’ll let you know how that goes!!).
On the Saturday, we awoke to find that Sidcup’s entire population of mosquitoes had feasted on our every limb throughout the night. I looked like I had measles! For some reason, I’m particularly tasty to biting insects and I always react really badly. Not ideal for a traveller! We spent the afternoon at his Dad’s enjoying a BBQ feast – breaded ‘chicken’ with salad for me 🙂
In the evening, we headed over to the engagement party. It’s Gary’s cousin and his lovely fiancee Laura that are getting married. They’ve just come back from a year’s travels around the world, after getting engaged on a beautiful candle-lit beach in Vietnam. It was great to catch up with them after so long, but all their stories were getting us so excited to leave and go travelling ourselves, that it was actually quite depressing when we realised we have a whole YEAR left to wait 🙁 They made some great videos of their time away, which were also playing on screens at the party, only serving to make us even more jealous!
The decoration at the party was beautiful, with white wooden hearts and fairy lights dangling from all the trees. People could relax on the sofas outside, or enjoy a drink from the bar (yes, they have a bar in their garden.. amazing!!) or even opt for a dip in the hot tub! When the sun disappeared and the air turned a little chillier, the homemade fire pit was turned on. Soon after, the alcohol-laden parents began dancing around it to the music, like some kind of hippie fire-worshiping cult – pretty hilarious! Genuinely surprised no one’s dress caught fire….
After an evening of endless champagne (my glass was never empty!), we both stumbled back to our tent for the night.
On the Sunday, we made the most of the sunshine and set off on a walk through the nearby woods. Weaving our way through the dirt paths which ran alongside the river, our hangovers were soon softened! It’s a great walk, and a huge green space that you would never expect to be just a few minutes walk away from rows upon rows of houses, in an area just outside of London.
We finished our weekend with an epic roast dinner at a nearby pub, which went down a treat! I had a vegetables, spinach and pine nuts wrapped in pastry with all the trimmings. All in all, a great weekend 🙂