In the grand scheme of things I’m born on a very lucky day- the summer solstice. It’s the longest day of the year so it sees the most day light hours in comparison to any other day meaning it automatically feels longer. If it’s blessed with an actual day where the sun shines it makes it all the more amazing.
On the other hand my son is born on the winter solstice. Quite a feat in itself really. The probability of that happening is probably fairly slim.
So it felt fitting that this year for my birthday we ticked a big thing off my bucket list, and that was to see the sun rise through Stonehenge on the morning of my birthday.
With the weather being as unpredictable as ever, we decided to book ourselves a beautiful wilderness glamping experience with Canopy and Stars.
It gave us the thrill of being outdoors but with homely comforts. Something I find is all the more important with a child in tow.
Stonehenge itself has a festival that runs all night long from the 20th of June where you can watch the sun set and then watch it rise on June 21st. While this is something I would have done pre child, I felt it wasn’t practical with Little London, and now that I’m that bit older I kind of appreciate the chance to sleep when I can.
So our Wiltshire wagon was the perfect base. The handmade wagon reflected the magical surroundings we were in.
Unlike previous outdoor experiences, we were all alone. Not a single soul was to be seen in the surrounding area of our wagon.
With a hammock to laze away and nap in and a lake with boats to enjoy, we just took to outdoor life and allowed ourselves to enjoy the gentler pace of life.
Little London especially appreciated this. With no technology and just the outdoors to enjoy he scarpered around trying his hand at rowing the boats (while singing row row row the boat) and trying to catch one of the millions of baby frogs that scurried around our feet.
Seeing how he took to natural living has inspired me to make sure we do a similar trip at least yearly. Being able to ground ourselves in nature again and appreciate what we have around us, and what we often take for granted I think is something that all children will benefit from.
Instead of watching the sunset at Stonehenge, we decided to drive to the Avebury circle, which apparently is the real site for the summer solstice. (I’ve read somewhere that Stonehenge was really for the winter solstice).
Being much less crowded we thought it would be more enjoyable in terms of letting Little London let off some energy before bed time.
We walked the perimeter of the stone circle and then we joined in with those celebrating the religious significance of the day by dancing amongst a drumming circle with Pagans, druids and the occasional flower wearing hippy. We loved it.
^^Sun setting with a tiny glimpse of a rainbow- believe it or not it’s not the flare from the camera.
Once the sun had set and the strawberry moon (first one to happen on this day since 1967) rose into the night sky, we were treated to a spectacular performance.
^^ The strawberry moon.
With tired eyes, we drove the short distance to our wagon and put our heads down for the night ready for the Stonehenge sunrise.
We timed it perfectly, and we watched amongst the heaving crowd as the sun rose in perfect alignment through the stones at Stonehenge.
^^ Little London making friends as usual.
We enjoyed the beauty of our surroundings, including watching impromptu yoga sessions and worship circles.
But with it being an early start once we’d seen the sunrise we made our way back to the wagon to grab a couple of extra winks.
Upon waking up at a more reasonable hour, we enjoyed the delights of being at the wagon…
^^ Dress| Topshop
…before heading out for a special Birthday meal in the gardens of the Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury.
We finished off my birthday by singing Happy Birthday around the most beautiful birthday cake supplied by Parteaz Cakes; a small family run business who create the most stunning array of cakes.
The blue camper van design couldn’t have been more fitting with our location.
And surprisingly it was so much bigger than I originally anticipated giving it that even greater wow factor than I imagined.
But it wasn’t just there to look good. I knew that inside would be the most delicious chocolate sponge and butter cream chocolate icing.
Once I blew out the candles that came with the cake and made my birthday wish we devoured chocolate cake all night long.
However try as we might there was a lot of cake for three people (it could easily serve 20 people), so luckily we were able to transport the rest of the cake back home with us in the clever box used to deliver the cakes.
A reliable company and certainly one we’ll use in the future!
With the day coming to a close on my Birthday we decided to tuck ourselves up in our little wagon and enjoy what time we had left in the wild, just the three of us.