They say that there is a first time for everything. Today will be a day of firsts. We bought a new tent earlier in the year but weather and circumstances prevented us trying it out until today. It is a large one, that requires several people to help put it up, so we have booked a pitch at a local camp site and we are going to see how long it takes to get it up.
We are taking two friends along. James Marsh has camped under canvas once - in 1954, for one night. Tonight will be his first night under 21st century canvas, in a proper camp bed, in one of the four bedrooms in our enormous tent. It will be interesting to see how the two experiences compare!
His son James is coming too. I don't know if he has ever camped before, but it will be the first time with us at any rate. I have a feeling he is a novice camper, so I wish him luck today.
The reason for all this endeavour? We are signing copies of our books at the War and Peace Revival Show in July in Folkstone again this year and have bought the tent specially for that event. It will be big enough to hold us all in comfort, hopefully, along with our books.
I'll let you know how we get on!