Tuesday, June 03, 2008

We've been discussing our forthcoming holiday in Zambia at dinner tonight. We are huge Africa fans but the children and I haven't been to Zambia before, Lurch has. We're going to stay in something like this because 1)it's exciting and 2)more importantly it's much cheaper than a hotel:



We've stayed in one before - I was petrified of lions getting the children in the night but once it was set up I realised my fears were pretty groundless. So, I was feeling quite chilled about it all until Lurch pointed out to Danny Boy that the last time he went to the place we're booked in at there had been two or three hippos wandering round in the middle of the night. Now I don't know much about hippos but I do know they're the most dangerous animals in Africa.



The other fact I do know, for sure, is that my post childbirth, peri-menopausal bladder will not last the whole night without a trip to the loo. I pointed this out to Lurch who suggested that I get a bottle sorted out for the roof tent. In turn, I advised him that I wasn't a professional 16 year old Bangkok showgirl and that even Avent wouldn't be suitable for my needs. I will have to think of a solution to avoid certain death.

11 comments:

KittyB said...

hi, have just come over from Westerwitch's blog, seeing that you're a fellow North Yorkshire dweller.

I notice from your earlier blogs you're a follower of the Apprentice. Remember the she-wee? It may be what you need for this trip!

Inthemud said...

Sounds very exciting! Like the idea od having a raised tent attached to vehicle, though i'd be worried about lions too.
I'm another purplecooer

Stinking Billy said...

that pic promotes more questions than answers. Is resting on top of the vehicle? Well fixed? Or on poles obstructed by the vehicle? Could snakes not get up there? (oops, sorry. And finally, isn't the doorway big enough for your needs? ;-)

rosiero said...

Wow. That puts our camping tales in France into the shade. We use a bucket, when we go camping, but then there aren't many hippos or lions just outside Calais. Could you put a bucket on the roof of the vehicle or is there no exit from the tent onto the vehicle roof? Incontinence pads springs to mind as an option, but that would be a bit yucky.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Incontinence pants! You have no other choice unless you do those pelvic floor exercises big time before you go. You might just last the night then!

blogthatmama said...

Hi there Kitty B thanks for dropping in had a quick visit to you and will be returning for an in-depth look soon (Apprentice tonight, preventing too much blogging)

Thanks in the mud will be visiting soon too - not worried about lions but now I am worried about snakes cos of you Billy, Lurch said no problems but he didn't look me in the eye. The tent is permanently fixed to the roof and is a metal and canvas structure that acts as a concertina, you pull it over to put it up and pull it back to put it down, very easy really.

Rosiero I'm going camping with my friend to the Isle of Wight soon, will be a lot easier. I think your bucket idea is the best but I may have to keep it in the tent. MOB I absolutely can't imagine waking up with USED incontinence pads on, that's more out of nappies than out of Africa and my pelvic floor is shot.

rosiero said...

Just try not to kick the bucket over (especially if it is IN the tent!!) but pouring it over the lions and hippos may keep them away.

Edward said...

Thanks for stopping by my place! Good luck in Zambia - I hear it's a wonderful place. Can't help with the hippo problem, but I did laugh about the Bangkok showgirl.

GoneBackSouth said...

Urgh I wouldn't like to be anywhere near that hippo's gob. Sorry to hear about the quiet house move situation (we might not have to go now).

Mean Mom said...

It sounds like you are going to have a great holiday! Yes, a bucket or old fashioned chamber pot (if you can find one) sounds like the only answer to your little problem. Best of luck with that, then. You'll have plenty of blogging material by the time you get back!

It's my birthday (7th June) and I'm having a 1950s virtual birthday party. You are very welcome to call by, if you have time!

Frog in the Field said...

A colour photo of zsa zsa Gabor should do it