pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle optional)
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It's time to figure out who is going to share with whom. Please comment with your chosen roomie, and if you have a preference for which floor you're going to be on (or which room you're going to be in), say so.

I think there were 19 of us last time, too; there are eleven bedrooms plus the bunk room, so some of you will be able to have a single room. No promises on that score, but if you'd prefer a room to yourself, please say so. And if you are sharing, please say whether you want singles or a double bed.
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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PLEASE fill out the polls, even if you already commented on Pen's activities post. We need to know numbers because we might be booking additional transport.

Caernarfon castle/slate works/aviation museum

This will now be on SUNDAY (not Tuesday).

Tickets for the castle are £7.95.
Tickets for the slate works self-guided tour are £5.50.
Tickets for the aviation museum are £6.50.

Caernarfon Castle is right in the middle of the town, so if you choose to visit Caernarfon only you can also explore the town. The Welsh Highland Railway also runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog if you fancy a scenic trip.

[Poll #2046079]

Portmerion/Plas Brondanw gardens

This will now be on TUESDAY (not Sunday).

Tickets for entry to Portmerion are £11.00 on the day. We may be able to get a group discount if we book in advance but we need to know exact numbers.

Tickets for Plas Brondanw gardens are £4.00.

If people would like to spend the whole time at either one of these rather than visiting both, we can arrange suitable drop-off and pickup times.

[Poll #2046080]


This is scheduled for WEDNESDAY.

Tickets for the Snowdon summit railway are:
£23 for the Early Bird (09:00 am train), which obviously has a much higher chance of cloud at the summit.
£29 for the diesel trains (10:00, 12:00 or 14:00).
£37 for the steam trains (09:30, 13:00).

If the weather forecast is cloudy, we will have a day trip to Chester instead. It's a very pretty cathedral city with plenty of shops and sightseeing. Depending on how the numbers/transport works out, we might also be able to split the day's trips and people can choose Snowdon or Chester (no guarantee). ETA: Chester also has a large zoo, which could be an option.

[Poll #2046081]

Afternoon Tea

This is scheduled for THURSDAY afternoon.

[Poll #2046082]
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Baby Me sepia)
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I've had a go at a preliminary timetable. Comments, suggestions, requests etc, please. I'm perfectly happy to rearrange, and will repost a revised/finalised version when you've had your say.

Does anyone have requests for footage? I think we should watch Nick Carter's DWTS, possibly even in conjunction with Joey's and Lance's DWTS, which we have not looked at in a long time. What say you? When looks like a good day?

arrivals, possibly a concert

General Camp stuff, reconnecting, games, etc
Feast and Party

Sunday now TUESDAY
nb It will take about an hour to get to either place, and they are ten minutes apart. I'm not sure whether it is a good idea to try to do both in one day, or to pick one. Your thoughts?

Craft and Cookery Day/random wanderings otherwhere for people who don't want to do craft stuff. Possibly you could build sandcastles instead.
Dead 7

Tuesday now SUNDAY
Caernarfon Castle, possibly also Slate Works/Aviation Museum

Snowdon Railway
nb we need to book this in advance, which I suggest is best done as soon as we have some kind of weather forecast for the week.

Llandudno: shopping/Bodnant Farm Park/Afternoon Tea at 1630ish (or later?)
nb we're looking at somewhere a bit fancy for Afternoon Tea, but it won't be a lunch substitute as they don't start serving until 1530, so perhaps we can treat it as a dinner substitute instead.

I don't know if we want to timetable such things as the Games, what do you think?

Once we have firmed up the timetable of activities (as far as possible, since the weather will almost certainly have a role in deciding things), I'll put up a cooking schedule post.
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle optional)
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Hmm. Well. Post-poll, I'm wondering whether going off to some kind of workshop is really worth doing? I can get back to the gallery place and ask if they'd be happy to do a workshop for 5-6 people, which looks like all it would be, but perhaps it would be better for those of us who like the idea simply to show up at their open session, which I believe is on Wednesday afternoon?

What we could also do is have some in-house creative options, not necessarily scheduled but available as backups in case of foul weather.

I'm planning on bringing crayons and some of the nifty adult colouring books for everyone to share.

We could do our own cupcake baking and decorating session (does anyone have fancy icing nozzles?), or do the ninjabread men in sparkly outfits?

And is there anyone who'd like to learn to knit, or to learn some knitting techniques they don't know? Because I think there are enough people who knit to be able to run quite a fun session on beginning/improving. I've got about a thousand knitting needles and quite a lot of stash yarn which I'm happy to donate.

I *could* bring the glass painting stuff, if anyone wants to have a go at making Pen-style cards - will only dig it out of the Lion's Cage if there is actual interest, so let me know.

Does anyone else have an arty-crafty skill they could share?

Most importantly, would any of you like to participate in any of the above?
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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Hi! I'll be working out the final payments for Camp in the next week or so. If you haven't sent back your sign-up form yet, please could I have it ASAP. If you're wanting to come but haven't asked for a form yet, please get in touch even ASAPer :-)
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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As zombies and called dances are not winning the Sparkly Camper love, we'll be going back to the drawing board. Thanks for everyone's input!

Our plan for the Sparkly Party this year is Cowboys & Zombies, in honour of the cinematic masterpiece[1] Dead 7. This gives everyone a choice of zombie or Wild West themed clothing. Or combine both! Or go for boyband zombies! Or boyband cowboys in sparkly chaps! Or just bring a plaid shirt and jeans and call it good :-)

Pen will be bringing her face paints. There's also a costume shop in Llandudno to which we can organize an expedition if people would like to pick up accessories. For zombie costuming, we can hit up a couple of charity shops so people can find something cheap to rip up.

There will be a cake, and appropriately themed food. In place of the Sparkly Dance Party, we're looking into booking a live ceilidh band so that we can have some called barn dancing/line dancing in the evening. We're running a bit of a surplus in the Camp account at the moment which lets us cover some of the cost of that, but it would need a bit extra on top of what we have, but definitely no more than £10 a head.

Is the barn/line dance idea something that people would enjoy and think is worth the money?
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle Death Cake)
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I've done a little investigating, and there are two fairly different options for your consideration.

The Cupcake lady could come to us at The Ship Inn on June 11th (Saturday), either from 10am-1pm or 10am-3.30pm. This includes learning how to make decorations from scratch for cupcakes, using various tools and equipment. And in the process learning different skills, techniques and tips including piping buttercream.

Cost is £65 per person for the morning-only class or £100 per person for the full day. I'm assuming we would get to eat the cupcakes.

A completely different option would be to have a workshop in the Bay Gallery in Colwyn Bay, on the Tuesday afternoon. This would be just £5 each, maximum of twelve people, and we could be taught one of the following:
- coloured pencils
- pastels
- watercolours
- drawing techniques

I have sent an enquiry re some kind of art class to the other possibility but have not so far heard anything back.

I think if we're going to do one of these, we'll need to book it soon, therefore there needs to be a decision on what we want. Therefore, a poll.

Please tell everyone you can think of who ought to see this poll that it exists and that they should fill it in. And I beg you, don't even think about saying you don't mind what we choose. That is no help at all! Pick preferences.

[Poll #2040999]

If you have no interest in participating in any of these activities, please say so in comments.

If there is only one thing you would want to participate in, please fill in the first choice poll only.
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
[personal profile] nopseud
Look at me, all organized, opening signups while it's still March!

Date: Friday 10th June to Friday 17th June 2016.
Place: The Ship Inn, Old Colwyn, UK.

The house can hold up to 22 in real beds, plus 12 in a bunk bed dorm, plus a couple of double sofa beds. There is oodles of space. 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 120-130 UKP per person for the whole week. Shorter stays will be priced up proportionately. Food will be extra (~45 UKP for the whole week).

Travel arrangements will be similar to last year. Now Pen is in Norfolk, 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 add you to the registration post here.
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Adam general)
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I just discovered that I have two copies of Adam Lambert's Trespassing. Don't remember buying two, although it's possible—so I'm wondering if any of my dear sparkly Campers is mysteriously one CD down?

Let me know.

If nobody's lost one... would anyone like one?
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
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I just discovered the existence of group discounts with some UK train companies.

As ever, UK train ticketing is a horrible, overpriced mess because it's organized and run by total incompetents. However, it seems that you may be able to get a group discount of 30% for a group of at least three people, depending on the operator, the service, and probably the phase of the moon. So if any of you are planning to travel to/from Camp together by train, there might be something useful here.
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle)
[personal profile] pensnest
I am reminded that I have not yet confirmed the dates of next year's Camp.

The Ship Inn is booked for 10th - 17th June 2016.


As you look into flights, remember the option of flying to Norwich via Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam)(there are daily flights between Norwich and Schiphol). It will mean a looooong car journey across the country to North Wales, but you will be able to visit my new nest, so there's that.

Mark your calendars now!
nopseud: (pairings -- letterboys -- trumpeterofdoo)
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Just a quick reminder for all you fabulous folks about JM's 30th birthday party weekend, on the 3/4 October at my house. Come celebrate with cake, cocktails and general sparkly festivities.

If you're planning to come and you haven't let me know yet, please drop me a note to let me know that you'll be there. Thank you :-)

Camp 2016

Sep. 6th, 2015 12:23 pm
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle optional)
[personal profile] pensnest
Remind me, people - did we want next year's Camp to be the week starting 10th June?
nopseud: (handbasket -- nopseud)
[personal profile] nopseud
We've having a sparkly weekend with JM, to celebrate her 30th birthday, over the weekend of the 3rd & 4th October! It will be at my house, near Rugby in the UK, and all you lovely folks are invited.

If you'd like to come, let me know via the camp sparkle email address (campsparkle at nsa dot slashcity dot org). The closest station is Rugby, which has a mainline link to London Euston, and the closest airport is Birmingham.
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle)
[personal profile] pensnest
Can I make a plea? Let us make a Camp Sparkle version of this video!!!
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
[personal profile] nopseud
I've remembered just in time, again! Mug fostering!

My set of Pen's fantabulous boybander mugs are available to be borrowed again for Camp. I will be clinging tightly on to Brian!mug (mmmmmmmmm...delicious...), but all the other sparkly boys are free to hold your drinks and warm your hands, including two Kevins. Let me know who you'd like, and I'll bring them along (space permitting).

(Josh - I have your Chris!mug safely stored and ready to be reunited with you!)


Jun. 13th, 2015 03:25 pm
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Camp Sparkle Death Cake)
[personal profile] pensnest
A quick word about food provision.

I'm sure we will be sharing out the cooking duties as usual. Just to remind you all, we ought to be trying to set down to eat at around 7 - 7.30pm, ideally. That gives us plenty of time for whatever is planned for the evening, and those of us who are Getting Old (koff) will be able to digest our dinners before bedtime.

If you are planning to sign up for cooking, check the Timetable post to see which day would be a good one for you. I think we all get caught out by how much more time it takes to prepare food for many people—and this time there will be *19* of us for most mealtimes, and at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free to be catered for—so please sign up for Kitchen Minion duties as well so that nobody has to do this alone!

I *think* I'm remembering correctly that there is a Morrisons supermarket close by at which we'll probably do the Big Shopping, so you can check for ingredient availability in advance. There's also an Aldi just up the road, and… a Co-Op?

Anyway. Signing up.

[ profile] pensnest, the usual Pies, unless there is a rebellion

Saturday: [ profile] turlough
NB You'll need to get a list of requirements together in time for the Friday Big Shop.

Sunday: [ profile] chalcopyrite, [ profile] ephemera
NB Ideally you'll get a list of requirements together in time for the Friday Big Shop.

Wedding Reception/Feast [ profile] nopseud and [ profile] pensnest will take charge.

nb All-Day excursion day on the timetable. [ profile] stellamira suggested that we might do pizza for one of the meals, and I think this might be a good day for it. We can buy some pizza bases and make up pizzas to preference. There could also be salad, garlic bread, onion rings or whatever. I think what this means is that if we're all out all day, it should be a reasonably quick dinner, and whoever volunteers to take charge needn't be good at cooking, just willing to be traffic police and make sure that things go into ovens at the right times.

ETA: just need a volunteer for this one. Basically to figure out the shopping list and to make sure appropriate ingredients are put out.

Wednesday: [ profile] ninjetti75, minion [ profile] pensnest

nb This is down as Afternoon Tea day, and traditionally is also Leftovers and Takeout day, so we probably don't need anyone taking charge. We could, though, set a Dinner Time for anyone who wants to talk about plans for Camp Sparkle 2016 to bring their food and their ideas to the table, which I think would be a good thing to do.

Signups welcome!
pensnest: bright-eyed baby me (Baby Me sepia)
[personal profile] pensnest
Hi All!

Well. I've done a room assignment thingy, so can you take a look to make sure you are put where you want to be, before I call the owners and arrange for the beds to be made up accordingly.

Ground Floor
Bed 1 [ profile] _bettina_ (made up as double)
Bed 2 [ profile] msktrnanny (made up as double)
Bed 3 [ profile] fleurrochard and [ profile] stellamira (twin)

First Floor
Bed 4 [ profile] bubbleforest and [ profile] iconis (twin)
Bed 5 [ profile] rikes and [ profile] saba1789 (made up as double)
Bed 6 [ profile] pensnest and Beast (double)
Bunk Room [ profile] kira_j

Second Floor
I'm not allocating rooms by number as I'm not sure which is which, so to some extent it will be 'find your own' once you get there! (If the owner can give me room numbers I'll put them up.)

Double at back [ profile] nopseud
Small room on right [ profile] turlough (made up as double)
Twin [ profile] ninjetti75 and [ profile] ephemera
Twin [ profile] chalcopyrite and [ profile] fadedsouls
Twin [ profile] adelate and [ profile] ihearthings_ii

Is everybody okay with this?
nopseud: (camp sparkle - timberjoec -- nopseud)
[personal profile] nopseud
I think that I've heard back from everyone who expressed an interest in coming to Camp this year. I'll be finalising the cost this weekend and mailing everyone.

If you've signed up but your name is not on this post, then please get in touch ASAP. Also, I'd be grateful if you could check the travel arrangements I have for you on that post, and let me know if there's a mistake.

If you want to come and you haven't let me know yet, then please get in touch before Monday.


May. 15th, 2015 10:49 pm
pensnest: Frank N Furter being fabulous (Look!)
[personal profile] pensnest
Firstly, does anybody want a mug?

Secondly, you'll probably remember the VIBRANT Camp Sparkle T-shirts that [ profile] nopseud and I have been known to wear. Would anyone be interested in getting one printed for yourself? I can make the artwork available if there is demand, so that you can take the .pdfs to your local T-shirt printer and pick your own colour and size.


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