nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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Because places are booking up fast, we're asking people to fill out a poll now for Camp next year.

We have two options, which are returning to Honeysuckle Cottage in Reighton, North Yorks, or going to a new house in Bath. Both of them would be more expensive than this year, and we have very limited availability.

Honeysuckle Cottage, Reighton, North Yorkshire - £3750 (~£35 per person per night, accommodation only)
Newbridge House, Bath - £3250 (~£30 per person per night, accommodation only)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13

I CAN go to Camp on the following dates

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Bath 18-25 May
9 (69.2%)

Bath 15-22 June
11 (84.6%)

Honeysuckle Cottage 22-29 June
11 (84.6%)

Honeysuckle Cottage 13-20 July
11 (84.6%)

I would PREFER Camp to take place on the following dates

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Bath 18-25 May
5 (55.6%)

Bath 15-22 June
7 (77.8%)

Honeysuckle Cottage 22-29 June
4 (44.4%)

Honeysuckle Cottage 13-20 July
4 (44.4%)


Sep. 10th, 2017 09:15 am
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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I was going through my footage for Camp, and I realized that I don't have copies of either Lance's wedding special, or of I <3 Nick Carter. Would anyone be able to bring them along to Camp?
msktrnanny: (nice one Nietzsche)
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Hello everyone!

Does anybody have any requests from Stateside? I'll do my best to bring anything anybody wants. Looking forward to seeing you all!
pensnest: Bassez/Timbertone/Cramp (Love comes in many guises)
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Does anyone want to get your own Camp Sparkle T-shirt?

If you'd like to have one printed with the lava lamp design on the front, and the list of locations on the back, I will send you the .pdfs so you can take it to your local T-shirt printing shop and get it produced ready for Camp.

Let me know.
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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This is the outline plan for the week. Obviously this is subject to rain, sea frets etc.

Friday - Arrive! Pies - Pen.
Saturday - Day of rest, relaxation and the Homemade Afternoon Tea.
Sunday - North York Moors train and Whitby, with fish & chip lunch. Turlough.
Monday - Castle Howard. Potato soup - Saba.
Tuesday - Day of rest and preparation for the Moderately Tidy Dinner (which this year, weather permitting, will be a Moderately Tidy Barbeque). CJ, Nopseud & Pen.
Wednesday - Day trip to York. KC.
Thursday - Day trip to Scarborough (with the option of Second Afternoon Tea for anyone not yet suffering from clotted cream poisoning). Eating up the contents of the fridge.
Friday - Home again!

With that in mind, we'd like people to volunteer days for taking on cooking and/or minion duties. Please post in the comments with what you're offering to make, and any particular day you'd prefer to cook.

Please also sign up if you have a sweet or savoury treat in mind for the Homemade Afternoon Tea on Saturday. And if anyone has a favourite salad or side-dish they would like to contribute to the Tuesday barbeque, that would be awesome.
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Default)
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It's time to figure out room allocations.

The house has ten bedrooms; three are doubles, five have twin beds, and the remaining two contain a double and a twin. Almost all have an ensuite bathroom of some kind, and the two that don't are just opposite a general bathroom, so we are well suited.

So, please let me know who you're planning to share with, and if you'd like a double or twin arrangement - and if anyone wants to share three to a room, let me know. Assuming that married folk will be sharing beds, we can otherwise allow a bed per person, but I'm not sure whether it will be possible for anyone to have a single room or not. If you'd prefer one, ask, and I will see what can be done.
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
[personal profile] nopseud
Pen and I have put together a list of places we thought would make good trips from Camp. Please fill in the poll (or if you don't have an account here, leave a comment).

If you aren't staying the full week, or aren't sure exactly which days you'll be here yet, please still fill in the poll. We haven't fixed days for most of these, but just give your preferences and we'll try to arrange the days to suit as many people as possible.

If a group of people would like to go walking one day, we could probably arrange a drop-off somewhere in the North Yorks Moors National Park. And if anyone has any other suggestions for attractions in the area that they really want to visit, please comment.

Trip options )

Pollin', pollin', pollin'... )
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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We're making a relatively early start with registrations this year, as it's a new house and location.

Date: Friday 15th September to Friday 22nd September 2017.
Place: Honeysuckle Cottage, Manor Farm, Reighton, North Yorkshire, UK.

The house can sleep up to 22, which should be enough for everyone based on recent Camps. But, please, don't delay signing up if you're sure you're coming, because it really helps us plan the travel arrangements.

Exact prices for accommodation will depend on the number of people attending, but it will be somewhere around 125-145 UKP per person for the whole week. Shorter stays will be priced up proportionately. Food will be extra (~45 UKP for the whole week).

As it's a new location, your travel arrangement might differ from last year, especially if you got the train to/from Camp previously. Once again, there will be no Gatwick/Heathrow pickups. I'm near Rugby station, and have lots of space for accommodating Campers. There will be a minibus going from my house to Camp. You can find further details on the sign-up form, and I'll make a separate travel post later.

As usual, we won't be taking deposits, and you'll need to pay the full amount about a month before Camp Sparkle (or bring cash to Camp).

Send an e-mail to and I'll send you a registration form. I'll also send you a link to a Google Docs spreadsheet for keeping track of the registrations, so you'll be able to check that we have the details in order.
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
[personal profile] nopseud
We've set up [community profile] campsparkle over on Dreamwidth, for the convenience of those sparkly campers who have migrated over there. For the time being, we'll be posting everything to do with Camp planning to both comms.


Apr. 5th, 2017 02:54 pm
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
[personal profile] nopseud
This is the new DW comm for Camp Sparkle. For the time being, we'll be posting everything to do with Camp planning to both comms.
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Baby Me sepia)
[personal profile] pensnest
Dear Campers

I have for a long time been convinced that we should make a Camp Sparkle video to this. We could have a lot of fun with it.

Now, of course, there is this, which is essentially the same video but perhaps even more relevant to our interests.

What do you think?
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle optional)
[personal profile] pensnest
The house we have booked is HERE; it is Honeysuckle Cottage, which sleeps up to 22. The website is a bit lacking, but the place is lovely. You can also look here for pictures.

If you look up Reighton, Yorkshire, on Google, you will see Manor Farm Holiday Cottages marked on the map. It's north of Bridlington, and not far from the coast.

[ profile] nopseud and I have not at present worked out any particular plans for getting people there, but I would imagine the usual kind of arrangements will apply. If it works out more conveniently for any of you, there are daily flights from Schiphol (Amsterdam) to Norwich airport, so you can stay in what ought by then (fingers firmly crossed) to be a fully functional Nest and travel to Camp with me and Beast.

Camp 2017

Dec. 22nd, 2016 09:44 am
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle Death Cake)
[personal profile] pensnest
Hi everyone!

Firstly, a quick apology for my not getting back to those of you who commented on the previous post: LJ was messing about with my notifications, and I didn't realise they were there until today.

Anyway. We have booked Camp 2017 for the week commencing 15th September. Our apologies to those of you who cannot make it, and we'll hope to see you the following year. For everyone else, plenty of notice to get your holiday request in!

Happy Christmas, everyone, and a Merry New Year to you all.
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle optional)
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[ profile] nopseud and I have been on an Exploratory Trip to Yorkshire and have found an excellent (we're reasonably sure) cottage for us.

We need to book it *soon*.

And we have a question about dates. We could go for the week starting 30th June or 14th July, either of which would cost £2,800. This would mean a price increase of around £30 per person, depending on how many attend (which for the non-Brits among you will probably be irrelevant considering the way the pound is going). Or, we could go for a week in September at only £1,900, which is less than The Ship. It's just as likely we'll have pleasant weather in September as in July, so what mostly matters is when you guys can attend Camp.

[Poll #2057006]

NB There isn't time for an extended discussion of the nuances of when Camp should be - the cottage is filling up fast and we want to get it booked. Please fill in the poll as soon as you can, and prod everyone to make sure they also respond!
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Baby Me sepia)
[personal profile] pensnest
I've just come across a very interesting post by Connie Willis. She seems to have visited the same bits of Wales that we did, and was struck by how very Tolkienish it all was. Now I think about it, she's absolutely right.

Camp Photos

Jul. 9th, 2016 02:21 pm
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Only a month late, I know but photos! from camp! Including the puppet's adventures at the castle and at the slate museum:

(also as it's just come on as I'm typing this, and seems relevant to our interests - the Just Eat Manband / BSB advert makes me giggle every time ...)
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Baby Me sepia)
[personal profile] pensnest
Who's going to cook?

Friday [ profile] pensnest

Saturday (Feast) [ profile] pensnest and [ profile] nopseud

Sunday [ profile] bubbleforest, [ profile] iconis, [ profile] saba1789

Monday [ profile] turlough



Thursday we're out for Afternoon Tea, and Thursday is usually Leftovers and Takeaways Night

Signups for Chefs and Minions in comments, please. Sorry this is so late!
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Baby Me sepia)
[personal profile] pensnest
Right. What I've come up with is as follows:

Ground Floor

Room 1: [ profile] sperrywink and [ profile] msktrnanny*

Room 2: [ profile] turlough

Room 3: [ profile] _bettina_

First Floor

Room 4: [ profile] pensnest and Beast

Room 6: [ profile] rikes and [ profile] saba1789

Room 5/7: [ profile] bubbleforest and [ profile] iconis
(I can't remember which number is the bedroom and which the bunk room)

Top Floor

Room 8: [ profile] nopseud and R
Room 11(?): [ profile] fleurrochard

Twin rooms:
[ profile] chalcopyrite and [ profile] fadedsouls
[ profile] adelate and [ profile] ihearthings_ii
[ profile] ephemera_pop and [ profile] ninjetti75

I'm not sure which rooms you guys are expecting to use, so rather than decreeing which number you go in, I'll let you sort that out for yourselves. If it comes down to "who can get up the stairs fastest", so be it!

* I've put [ profile] sperrywink and [ profile] msktrnanny together on the grounds that I can't remember whether either of you and [ profile] fleurrochard have met or not, but [ profile] sperrywink and [ profile] msktrnanny are LJ friends. However, [ profile] msktrnanny and [ profile] fleurrochard, if you want to swap, sort yourselves out!

I hope this works for everyone.

And note: there is the bunk room, and there's also (I think) a sofa bed in the upstairs lounge, so if anyone needs an alternative sleeping place, I think we're covered.

Candy call!

Jun. 5th, 2016 10:53 am
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Anybody want something sweet from the States?

Sound off below!


Jun. 4th, 2016 11:28 am
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Baby Me sepia)
[personal profile] pensnest
A quickie poll to remind me how to proportion the pies!

My firs[Poll #2046535]


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