We like to spend time outdoors and summer school holidays are an ideal time for our kids to get out of our apartment and experience nature at closer hand than several floors up.
Last summer Himself organised a camping long weekend with several friends, one of my brothers-in-law and family and with a collection of tents they set out into the wilds of South Holland. That’s a rather tongue in cheek comment on my part because South Holland is a very built up province and there aren’t too many wilds to be found at all.
Luckily about half and hours drive out of The Hague some farms in the intensive glasshouse and agricultural area of Delftland have expanded their business to include small scale camping and various activities.
One of these,”Hoeve Bouwlust” is where the extended group were staying and having a ton of fun. My foot injury meant that I was unable to camp with the others and was staying home alone, which was ok for the first day or so but started to be a bit lonely after that. Himself phoned me regularly and invariably gushed with news about what a wonderful time everyone was having.
Suddenly the penny dropped that being told about it wasn’t nearly as exciting as being there so he hit upon a solution: the next morning he would come and pick me up and we could have a big communal picnic together, and later in the day he could bring me back home for the night. It was an excellent solution because the other adults in the group could look after our kids whilst Himself fetched me from home and by chance we managed to bring out another family for the day as well.
Later we found out that Hoeve Bouwlust also has two very small apartments for hire which would have been ideal for me had we known about them earlier.
The farm has a reasonably small camping ground at the rear, complete with toilet block and a whole range of activities to entertain children. Aside from a playground and other play facilities this is also a working farm so there are sheds with cows and home-made ice cream made from their own milk for sale. Once all of the families had gathered together their contributions, the table was soon groaning under the weight of the food and hungry children from friends and family needed no encouragement to get stuck into the fresh fruit, vegetables, sushi and cold meats. Even though the surrounding area is packed with agricultural industry, it’s a quiet space with plenty of space fo the kids to let off steam. A little gem and so close to the city… Who knew?