The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Introducing Colin…

There has been a new addition to our camping accommodation. Previously there was just Vera, Susie, Connie, Ellie, Midi, Maxi & Dora* (some might argue that we have more tents than necessary, and they wouldn’t be wrong). Unlike the previous collection of girls, the new addition is big and butch and is therefore most definitely male. He was christened as Colin well before he came into our possession last Wednesday.

Here he is on a campsite in Ingleton:


He’s rather luxurious compared to our other camping accommodation. In fact, he’s not really camping accommodation at all; he’s a mobile house.

We haven’t really taken any photos specifically of the interior, but Mick did snap me chopping an onion in between sips of bubbly out of a plastic mug.


Such was the novelty of his first outing that we didn’t take the proposed backpacking trip, but we did get ourselves out for a couple of good day-walks. I’ll try to get around to penning a few words about them in a couple of weeks’ time.

The other new thing for the trip was Mick’s shoes. I think he chose the colour to go with his jacket…


(For those not familiar with the names of our tent collection: ‘Vera’ is a Terra Nova Voyager; ‘Susie’ is a Terra Nova Superlite Voyager; ‘Connie’ a Terra Nova Laser Competition; ‘Ellie’ a Vango Eos; ‘Dora’ an Aztec Dura; ‘Midi’ a Blacks dome; and ‘Maxi’ an Aztec Sala 3.)


  1. Looks great, as Hamish Brown once said "like a mobile bothy." Although not really like any bothy I've stayed in! How envious am I.

  2. How brilliant! Not remotely jealous. No. Not a bit. Grrr!

  3. Quite splendid! Can you wheel it round to all the pinch points on the Challenge? It does have a fridge for the beers, doesn't it?

  4. Good grief, you have certainly gone upmarket. A mobile luxurious tent!!!

  5. Very posh,ideal for trips to Scotland and the Alp's.

  6. Verrrry nice !!!


  7. Would have never thought I would EVER say this about a campervan, but "he" does look "like a Colin"!!!!! :)

  8. You won't regret buying a motorvan, that's for sure.

  9. Envy is not a long enough word for this comment but you know what i mean.

  10. You (and Colin) have a mention on my latest post - have a look - any thoughts?

    I reckon Colin was a good acquisition - he will give all kinds of versatility to your plans.