May 2019 saw our annual Tentipi UK get together at Hindford in Shropshire.
A level field with a composting loo, a shower and a couple of portaloos. On Thursday, Lesley, Clive, Laura and Sophie set up our tents and transported the kit over to the site from the ProAdventure shop whilst I ran the shop on an unexpectedly busy day with simultaneous customers in store, on chat, and on the phone.
Friday saw Lesley, Clive and I back on site, opening up the Zirkonflex and getting everything ready in time for the first arrivals, with 50 adults plus children we had a lot of people to prepare for.
Soon it was Fika time with coffee, tea and cake for all our visitors and friends old and new. The field was well drained but the heavy rain and muddy track caused a few issues.
After a wet arrival for most campers the skies cleared and we were treated to a clear night and a clear sign of what was to come.
Fresh Baked Bread with Paddles and Pizzas
By 8am the next morning TiPis were puffing away to extinguish the morning chill but with the clear frosty night came a beautiful sunny day.
Lesley’s freshly baked sour dough bread and flame grilled bacon was just what the Dr ordered on Saturday morning (obviously not a Dr of nutrition) and just the fuel I needed for a days canoeing. Our campsite was based near the Shropshire Union Canal and offered something for everyone. We had seasoned paddlers and people who had never been in a boat before. For some a short trip to the lock was enough, for others a paddle to the pub was con the menu!
With people arriving back in dribs and drabs it was time for TiPi campers to do what TiPi campers do best, chill around the fire. For those with itchy feet or in the case trigger fingers, some target shooting was in progress.
Tony, a repeat TiPi camper and dear friend of ours brought along some hand carved catapults for everyone to try their hand at some target practice. I thoroughly enjoyed shooting catapults at tin cans! So much so Tony had to tell it was time to stop and eat pizza!
Lesley and I prepared the pizza dough and Pete fired up our new Ooni Pro Pizza Oven. An hour later and everyone both young and old got a chance to roll and top there own pizzas