In one sentence: don’t.

The kids get all enthusiastic about it, when you mention this mad idea, and it doesn’t seem all that mad at the time, on a Sunday afternoon in May, after a nice roast, and maybe a few glasses of wine too many, and you know that you won’t have the budget for a sun holiday for five in July, but you still want to give the kids a bit of summer holiday fun, something to remember when they are older, a break from YouCraft and MineTube, and you say “you know what? let’s go camping in Mayo this summer!” and they go “yeah!!!” and it all seems like a good idea.

At the time.

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Stage 1: you tell Mimi that we won’t be camping here after all.

She puts on The Face, quite confident that she’ll manage to change your mind.

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A lonesome fisherman is examining the poxitude of the weather conditions. He is in two minds about setting up his fishing rod.

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Stage 2: Let’s go an take a closer look at the camping conditions.

I’m initial feeling is somewhere between Not Optimistic and As Likely as Donald Trumpet Becoming President.

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Stage 3: Mimi has that smile. The one when she’s rather confident she will get her way in the end.

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Stage 4: Some more realistic members of the family head back for the car, and a relative state of dryness.

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Stage 5: It’s a blow for Mimi. She will not get her way. The weather really is too bad for camping. She turns on the waterworks. As if things were not wet enough already…

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Stage 6: Finn is only realising now that we will not be camping here tonight.

He is upset.

Poor little mite.

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Stage 7: Mrs mememe2U takes a walk to hide her relief and elation, now that she knows that we will not be camping here tonight.

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Stage 8: Finn takes his frustration out on the wet wet cold cold sand.

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Camping in North Mayo

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5 thoughts on “Camping in North Mayo

  1. ahahah! I loved it! i had a bad experience camping in Ireland at a festival this summer! the weather was bad and several tents were blown away too. but it is very funny when you look back! 😀

  2. Love it! Family life…always worth the tale. I have a similar image to Mimi’s of me, about 7 or 8 years old, but it involved my parents refusal to let me try horse riding on a family day out (probably due to lack of funds) and my Dad capturing it all on film. Mimi will love you for it later.

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