#47: Cook On A Camp Fire (Country Kids)

One of the must-does for our break this week to Coombe Mill in Cornwall was to visit the beach and cook on a fire. Luckily we had the wonderful Wild Family Fun with us, whose job as an outdoor activity facilitator means she's a bit of an expert at starting a fire with vaseline and cotton wool.

So while I explored the rock pools with The Boy and his cousin, Mr. TBaM and The Boy's aunty set to starting the fire up in order to boil up some hot water using the Kelly Kettle she'd brought with us. A Kelly Kettle is an ingenious system which requires a fire to be lit in the metallic base, and then the 'water-jacket' kettle is placed over the top. It ends up with a fire chamber which creates an upward chimney draft ensuring efficient and rapid boiling even in windy or wet weather. And it was very windy that day!

#47 Cook on a camp fire

While we were waiting for the kettle to boil up the water, The Boy and I decided to have a go at making a fire of our own, something neither of us had done before. We piled moss and dried leaves on the dry stone placed in the base of our fire pit, popped a firelighter inside (only slightly cheating) and constructed a pyramid of twigs above it. Don't worry, I lit the match!

#47 Cook on a camp fire

It is safe to say that the hot chocolate was the best we'd ever tasted, made even better by looking at the crashing waves onto Padstow beach.

#47 Cook on a camp fire

Linking up to Country Kids, Outdoor Play Party and Flashback Friday.


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  1. Kierna says

    Love it, look at that smile too, what a great memory to have. Loving all the fire posts linked up this week, it must be a new trend. Thanks for your continued support.

  2. says

    Hard to beat a campfire on a beach. This looks a great kettle and as always I love your photos. A great way to keep warm on a beach in February! Missing you at Coombe Mill already.

  3. says

    Ooo I love this! Hot choc on your own fire on the beach – it's the stuff of childhood dreams. Can't wait to do this with my two. Great inspiration and I love the kettle.


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