Newsflash: It Rains In Wales

19 Aug


Q: How do you fit two adults, two dogs, three teenage boys, one girl child, a tent, sundry camping equipment including a carpet, TV, and a fridge into a little 1400 Citroen?

A: Don’t be daft!  It’s not a Mary Poppins’ Tardis.  You don’t; you get one teenage boy’s Dad to bring him along, with half your gear.  Thanks, Dennis.

About three weeks ago the Hub said, ‘The weather is supposed to improve; let’s go camping.  Let’s go camping and take the niece and nephew and Spud’s friend. Let’s go camping in North Wales because it’s only an hour’s drive from here and I can just about manage that with my ME.  Let’s go camping and forget our last experience of three days in a tent in October in a gale.  Let’s go camping because the Olympics will be over and the football season won’t start until a week later and I’ll be bored.  Let’s go camping.’

I’m pretty intuitive, and I began to suspect that the Hub wanted to go camping.

He looked online, found a nice camp site about four miles each way from Abergele and Rhyl, and booked four nights, five days for six people and two dogs, reasonably priced.

Come last Monday morning, we loaded up the cars and went off on a summer holiday.  We had no trouble finding the camp site; we were given a good spot – sheltered, near the water hole.  The tent went up in fifteen minutes with all those bodies and because we knew how to do it this time.  The gazebo and wind breaker went up even faster.

We sat; we rested; the children explored and played.  We braaied sausages and hamburgers for dinner.  We congratulated ourselves on our choice of week, weather-wise.

The heavens opened.  We scuttled inside the tent and made the best of it.

The heavens closed, leaving behind a rainbow.  The children, dogs and I went for a walk.  The children played football and badminton.

Night came.  We watched a movie and went to bed, having first scoured the wonderful clear sky for the tail end of the Perseid meteor shower.  Hub and Spud were fortunate enough to see a couple.  Me, nothing.  The one time in fifteen years I’ve had a clear sky to witness it, and I was in the toilet.

The clear sky departed.  It rained all night.

Welcome to Wales.


67 Responses to “Newsflash: It Rains In Wales”

  1. Pseu August 19, 2012 at 11:39 #

    Wales in our family is known as Wet Welsh Wales. I have my fingers crossed for Septemeber…. but sad you had such wet weather.


  2. Elaine - I used to be indecisive August 19, 2012 at 11:43 #

    Fabulous rainbow! I don’t think you can say you have really been on a camping holiday unless it has poured with rain – every single one I’ve been on in this country (and we went on lots of family camping holidays when I was growing up) has involved rain at least some of the time. 😉


  3. jmgoyder August 19, 2012 at 11:44 #

    I love this!!!!!


  4. Ron. August 19, 2012 at 11:45 #

    We did this when I was a kid. I remember only the packing & the unpacking. And the campfires.


  5. Tom (Aquatom1968) August 19, 2012 at 11:46 #

    Great rainbow photo, Tilly! And camping in the rain sounds fun, but I hope you have some of the other weather as well!


  6. judithatwood August 19, 2012 at 11:47 #

    Well, the rain is not much fun when you’re camping, but that rainbow was glorious! I’m glad you all made the best of it!


  7. alienhippy August 19, 2012 at 11:48 #

    Giggle…Tilly, Tilly, Tilly…Newsflash: It Rains In Wales!!! That’s not a newsflash, it always rains in Wales. hehe. Rhyl, 🙂 my Great Aunt Clara’s caravan was at Rhyl we used to drive over Llanberis Pass in the dark because me and my brother were always travel sick in my dad’s red van. NO WINDOWS and two aspie kids, not a good choice of vehicle really was it?! Are you enjoying Jellyfish beach my lovely friend. Love and hugs. Lisa. xx 🙂
    Oh and here is a little video I just found for you. So dangerous to drive this in the dark, you can see all the gaps in the wall where cars have gone over the edge.


  8. sarsm August 19, 2012 at 11:50 #

    So you had a great time then?


  9. Lisaman August 19, 2012 at 11:52 #

    Lovely rainbow…we could do with some rain during this heat wave…not a cloud in the sky!!


  10. mairedubhtx August 19, 2012 at 12:33 #

    I’m not surprised about the rain. After all, isn’t Wales in the British Isles after all?


  11. Gobetween August 19, 2012 at 13:18 #

    It was worth it, beautiful rainbow 🙂


  12. Hudson Howl August 19, 2012 at 13:22 #

    Oh boy!

    Laughingly, I am reminded of those old glass plate photographs of early explorers who trekked through Africa with fine china -some traditions die hard.

    Obviously, you and yours have fun and laughs where ever you pitch your tent. You must be rich beyond belief with memories.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 19, 2012 at 13:40 #

      We are 🙂 Life is what you make it, and money helps, but doesn’t really matter. Giggling in a wet tent with four kids is one of my happiest times 🙂


  13. theonlycin August 19, 2012 at 14:04 #

    Sorry you missed the meteor show, Tilly, but when a girl’s gotta go …


  14. misswhiplash August 19, 2012 at 15:19 #

    ah..but you had a rainbow! That is worth more than a bit of sunshine and even more beautiful


  15. adinparadise August 19, 2012 at 15:26 #

    I’ve only been camping in N.Wales, once. It poured with rain the first night, and our little tent blew away. 😦 Never again! I don’t think we even had a rainbow to ease the pain. 😉


  16. Al August 19, 2012 at 15:28 #

    Love that outdoors life. We camp all the time. Our favorite campsite is the Hilton but the Sheraton also has some good spots.


  17. laurieanichols August 19, 2012 at 18:12 #

    That rainbow is beautiful! I know that I would have missed the star works because I’m always in the toilet. It sounds that in spite of the rain you and the Hub made sure that everyone had a grand time. You are the strong stoic types, I took notes for if ever I ever go camping, lol.


  18. terry1954 August 19, 2012 at 19:25 #

    stay out of the bathroom !!!!!!!!! look what u missed!!!


  19. lanceleuven August 19, 2012 at 20:57 #

    ‘I’m pretty intuitive, and I began to suspect that the Hub wanted to go camping’, my how I envy that infamous female intuition!. 🙂

    So this is the ‘more to follow’ eh? Well I’m sure you made the most of it all the same. Your story reminds me of the Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert joke ‘The bible talks about 40 days and nights of rain, that was the best summer I ever had!’


  20. vivinfrance August 19, 2012 at 21:29 #

    That’s not camping – that’s luxury living. When you’ve slept under the stars in a bivvy bag, cooked sausages on a fire made with damp sticks, had your hot water bottle freeze inside two sleeping bags, then you can say you’re a camper.

    But I’m very glad you had a fun time.


  21. viveka August 19, 2012 at 21:34 #

    Nothing works for me .. when I click “like” it doesn’t register – been a lot in Holyhead and Fishguard .. it rains all the time … okay 90% of the time. Sorry, that you missed the sunshine, but nature has is cause. At least you got a fantastic rainbow to show off.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 20, 2012 at 08:17 #

      It rains everywhere in Britain. The price we pay for being an island, I guess.


      • viveka August 20, 2012 at 08:18 #

        Lived in Dover for a year … there it rained very little. Hated the place !!!!!! Ireland even worst.


        • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 20, 2012 at 08:19 #

          It rains all the time in Ireland, surely?


          • viveka August 20, 2012 at 08:21 #

            What they say on Ireland .. if you don’t like the weather .. wait 20 min. 4 seasons on one day if your lucky. That’s why it’s so green. *smile


  22. idiosyncratic eye August 19, 2012 at 21:39 #

    Do you do blog awards? Thanks for always making me laugh. ( 🙂


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife August 20, 2012 at 08:18 #

      I always thank the giver, because I appreciate being thought of that way; but I don’t do anything with them.

      Thanks so much for nominating me; I really do appreciate it.


  23. colonialist August 19, 2012 at 21:50 #

    I take it that Dennis owns a pantechnikon? Sounds like a fun holiday, if it cools it on the rain bit a bit!


  24. kateshrewsday August 19, 2012 at 22:26 #

    LOVELY rainbow picture!
    It is amazing how we manage to have holidays despite the weather, isn’t it, Tilly?


  25. piglet in portugal August 19, 2012 at 23:22 #

    The only time I’ve been camping in my life was to North Wales and it pigging rained cats and dogs for 4 days and nights. I was wet, the bed was wet, my clothes were wet and I was pigged off!


  26. klrs09 August 20, 2012 at 02:55 #

    Aah, camping is no different in Wales than it is here. That’s a relief. Sounds like you made the best of it though, and that’s what makes camping so much fun. We didn’t see many metoeors, either and we got up at 3 a.m. to go watch.


  27. grannymar August 20, 2012 at 21:47 #

    I am way late to this party, but will hopefully get back to normal before the weekend. Have you noticed how food always tastes wonderful in the great outdoors? You are off camping, another friend is in a caravan…. I think it is time I had a mini holiday!


  28. Three Well Beings August 21, 2012 at 05:31 #

    What a lovely family time. We were in our trailer this past weekend, and I find it’s a great way to slow down! Maybe too slow, at times, but I like to practice the art of slowing down whenever I can. The rainbow is a lovely shot! It sounds to me like you made the most of close quarters and had a good time! 🙂 Debra


  29. eof737 August 21, 2012 at 21:38 #

    Like it rains in Spain… Couldn’t help that one 😆 Sounds like a fab vaca to me and the pictures are perfect. Pass the rainbow, would ya! 🙂



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