The Legacy of the pop-up tent
Ok seriously, how do campers survive the whole tenting business that is, well, camping? I tried putting up a tent today. Ha. It said 'quick pitch' on the side but I gave up after about 20 mins. My brother seemed to know all about the guy ropes and the fly sheet and what not but I just felt irritated by the whole experience and refused to try any longer. Very petulent, I know. I could have done with old Nelson up there to hop down, flash his sword and do it for me, ooer.
But as they say, every tent has a silver lining. I went to argos and bought the most amazing bright pink pop up tent by Gelert! It literally sets itself up in about two seconds (whether you want it to or not as I found out when it sprang up nearly taking half of my face off!). I was so pleased, I was literally hopping around the garden!
Taking it down was another story. After much arguing, bending, pushing and twisting, my brother and I couldn't get the bloody thing back into the bag even by the hundredth and something attempt. But, I found a you-tube video which showed you how to do it, et voila, oe tent nicely in bag.
Only problem was, it was quite a big bag and I found one on the decathlon website for £5 less and much smaller. So, in short, the pink one is going back (which upsets me greatly as I can think of nothing better than waking up in Yellowstone NP in a flambe pink pop up) and the slightly more minging blue one is coming along with me. I am considering painting it but im not sure how effective this will be. Maybe I'll kid myself that I'm allergic to the decathlon oe or something so that I can hang onto the pink one. What trials!