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The Big Happy Camper Post

We really enjoy camping. After buying our tent late last summer and having a couple of single night trips to local campsites we were very keen to get the tent out again this summer. We pretty much looked forward to it all year. We managed two trips again this year and by now we are starting to feel like we know what we are doing. Our first trip was a return overnight visit to a local place we used last year. 

We even have a few go-to favourite camping activities. The ole mentos-in-the-diet-coke-explosion trick has been on the kids' bucket list forever, but we have never had the opportunity to try it out until  this camping trip. I just didn't fancy the sticky mess in our small back garden. In the future I am thinking that we could try things like smoke bombs and steel wool fire spirals. Roo is certainly up for it. 

This was one of my first outings with my new 35mm Sigma Art lens. I love this lens so much. I was also heavily under the influence of Kirsten Lewis' two Creati…
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Slán Abhaile!

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