Camping in England
Camping has always been a fun family activity that I always look forward to. Together with my husband and two young sons, we would go to different places in search of great adventure. I want to show my children the beauty of exploring the world. Thus, the camping escapades.
My family and I love to pack our things and enjoy the wilderness. We are able to spend quality time with each other when we’re driving up to a camp site or simply setting up our tent. We enjoy cooking our meals outdoor, fishing, and even sharing stories by a bonfire.
Recently, we made a trip to Cornwall, UK to let our boys experience the great outdoors of England. The camp site where we settled had wooden cabins where we could settle in and enjoy our stay without troubling ourselves with putting up a tent. It was a very rustic and homey cabin, perfect for families like us who wants to expose their children to nature and at the same time, have a comfortable place to sleep in.
The site also had areas for recreational activities. You can play tennis, rent a bike, go fishing and even try your hand at archery. They also offer pottery, photography, dance, and art workshops for both children and adults. We were also delighted to discover that aside from the natural body of water found a few walks from the camp, they also have outdoor and indoor swimming pools in the area! It was totally a haven for adventurous families like ours.
After settling in the cabin and taking out all our things, I let my husband and the kids explore and try out the different amenities of the camp while I tidy up the room and prepare for dinner.
By nightfall, the boys are back with hungry stomachs and tons of stories to tell. So as tradition, we grilled some barbecue and fish for dinner while talking about their adventure earlier under a very starry sky. It was a really good atmosphere for family bonding.
The next morning, we woke up early to catch the sunrise. We had breakfast, took a bath and began checking off some things on our bucket list, such as: attending the junk modeling workshop and the puppet show. We also tried fishing by the pond which is just a short walk away and playing in the miniature obstacle course in the camp site fronting the mess hall.
By the time we gathered around the bonfire, we all had tan lines and smelled of sun and sweat—a very good thing for us who seek adventure! We happily chatted the night away before tucking in the boys and getting a well-deserved rest ourselves.
The next day, we decided that it was a good day to go for a swim in the outdoor pool. So after having the most important meal of the day, we prepared to head out to the pool just behind the site’s main lobby. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the outdoor pool, it was empty. When we inquired at the front desk how come the pool was not filled, she said that the pool pump was malfunctioning and they didn’t have any mechanic on call to check on it so they opted to drain it. She apologetically advised us to use the indoor pool instead.
Despite our hesitation, we decided to heed her advice since we already planned to swim in the pool that day. Although it was still a fun activity to play in the water with my kids, my husband and I thought about how it would have been better to swim in the outdoor pool where the environment is less confining and more relaxing.
As the girl scout and boy scout that we are, we have made up our mind to take it upon ourselves to fix the problem of the outdoor pool!
From what the front desk personnel said, the problem lied in the pool’s pump. When we checked on it, it seemed like the pump wasn’t only malfunctioning—it wasn’t working at all!
And because we had no background about fixing pool equipment or anything in line with pool maintenance, we searched online about the different possible causes of such breakdown and how we could fix it.
Luckily, we stumbled upon aussiepoolexpert.com, a site of a company that does pool construction, renovations and maintenance. After going through their page and getting a hold of their contact number, we gave it a call in hopes that they could help us with our dilemma.
After a few rings, they picked up!
Without any delay, we told them our problem and walked them through what we were facing. Fortunately, the person from Aussie Pool Expert who was entertaining our call was very friendly and well-versed about common pool problems. He patiently guided and asked us to check the circuit breaker if it was functioning properly by flipping it off and then on. If nothing happens, he said to check the wires connecting the switch to the pump for damages, loose wires or even insect infestations.
He also added that if the pumps starts to work but makes a humming sound, it likely has a damaged capacitor. In this case, we simply had to remove and replace it.
After a few moments, we finally found the cause of the problem and reported it to the management. The wiring was fixed within a few hours and we were ecstatic to hear that the outdoor pool was finally open to the campers! For precaution, the management also replaced the capacitor to avoid any more inconvenience.
Now that the outdoor pool was available, my family and I enjoyed the following days by the poolside where my kids can swim their hearts out and my husband and I can still experience the great outdoors while watching over our children.
By the end of our camping trip at Cornwall, we were all tired but we were also incredibly grateful for the wonderful camping experience. While our kids were able to enjoy the different activities the camp offered, my husband and I also enjoyed finding the solution to the camp’s pool problem. We are always up for a challenge and it was definitely one for the books!
My family and I can’t wait to go on another camping trip! We definitely look forward to new experiences and more challenges to help us develop various practical skills. We would also like to encourage you to go on a camping trip yourself so you can experience the beauty of the wilderness and develop your sense of adventure! Who knows, maybe we’ll see you in one of our camping trips someday too!