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Re: “It’s far the best camp we’ve ever had,” said Mate Susan. . .
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Posted by Jon on September 05, 2017 at 06:33:15
In Reply to: Re: “It’s far the best camp we’ve ever had,” said Mate Susan. . . posted by Magnus Smith on September 05, 2017 at 00:24:28:
I suppose we are meant to assume they have done 'outdoorsy' things in all their previous school holidays (including sailing at Falmouth) so they have stayed in a few wild spots before, maybe in borrowed tents?
Good point! Susan must have learnt how to build fires and fireplaces somewhere. Still, that might have been on family day trips or picnics, with no real camping involved. Was caravanning common in that time? My family did tent-camp on the Chester River (MD) for day sailing when my littlest sister was 2 or 3, but I rather doubt (especially pre-disposable-diapers) anyone in their right mind would take non-potty-trained infants camping for pleasure. So that would seem to rule out the two years before SA, unless the older Swallows went with their father.
As to the canvas, it's described as "light" canvas, so I've always thought of it as closer to muslin.
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