Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Camping in the Garden

On Saturday night my grandchildren asked to camp out in the garden under my bedroom window (I heard their dad tell them: "I'll set the tent up under Gran's window in case you need someone in the night" Clever parents, I thought. With a nine-month-old baby who is teething, dil who's three months pregnant, they don't get many unbroken nights of sleep)

The first morning I could hear the children were awake very early and chattering away to each other. When they came inside, they asked if they could sleep in the tent that (Sunday) night as well. They did.
All should have been well, but this night a strong windstorm came up in the night and I awoke at 1.30 am (I checked the bedside clock) and heard the most awful crying under my window. Fumbling to get into my gown and slippers, I looked out of the window and saw two little children with their arms around each other and wailing fit to bust!
I ran to the entertainment centre door and wrenched it open. The two children looked up, still sobbing and my granddaughter asked accusingly "Gran, WHY did you lock the door?" By now my befuddled-with-sleep dil had joined me in the doorway and together we gathered the children up and carried them indoors to bed.
When I asked my granddaughter this morning, why she had woken up, she said she thought there was a storm brewing. So I asked how her little brother (who is able to sleep through anything) woke up, she said: "I woke him!"
The clouds looked a little stormy again last night, so when we asked the children if they were going to sleep out in the tent again, granddaughter said: "I think our camping days are over."
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  1. Funny story! Your little granddaughter was wise to turn down sleeping outside on another stormy night! I hope you and your family enjoy the happiest of Christmases.

  2. Janie, as I gave the children their breakfast this morning, gs held up one finger and asked: can we sleep this much more in the tent tonight? Time (and the weather will tell) It's a beautiful clear day here in Southern Africa - the longest day. Thank you for your beautiful seasons greetings. May you and your precious family be blessed this Christmas and always, (((Hugs))) Jo

  3. What a fun story indeed, Jo! And your granddaughter was wise!

    Have a great week and wishing you and your family a very Happy, Merry Christmas!


  4. Precious moments, Jo .... how adorable & I'm sure they'll never forget their first night/s of camping bravely on their own !

  5. LOL i had some belly laughs reading your story. reminds me of the stormy camping experience I had last summer.:p

  6. What a story. Things for me to look forward to.

  7. I read a few of your blogs and im in love with the fact you live in Africa ive alwasy wanted to visit the pictures look beutiful one day ill get there :)


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