And the weekend was proving a success. It was a break from the house we’d started to become much too familiar with over the last few weeks but, it gave us a chance to spend time with the kids without the normal pressures of home-schooling or work timetables and the break from the house made us less resentful of our home when we finally returned.
However, we did cut our trip short by one night and returned on the Sunday evening. Bex had been feeling increasingly unwell and, although not showing all the classic COVID 19 symptoms, the responsible thing was to presume it was. We are all doing well, and some healthy individuals have only minor symptoms, but this crisis is not about us as individuals but us as a community.
So, we ‘returned’ home on Sunday evening. Bex is isolating for the next seven days and myself and the boys will do likewise for the next 14. And that is one of the real benefits of camping, especially in one’s own country.
Admittedly our return journey was all of 12 feet, but the principle remains the same. The ability, should circumstances require it, to pack up your tent, van, motorhome or caravan and drive home, without the need for co-operation, interference or assistance from anyone else or the reliance on trains, ferries, airport and planes makes dealing with the unforeseen much easier. Camping is all about dealing with life and life’s problems with independent self-sufficiency. A skill which has become very important in recent weeks.
Stay safe and dream, plan and look forward to better times.