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We held our own Grampout a couple of weeks ago with my Dad, step-mum, nephew and our little family in our own back yard. It was so much fun, so relaxing and such a laugh. I’m really glad the guys over at the Gramping Association, thanks to Aerogard and Mortein, inspired us to have our own Grampout. We’ll definitely be doing it again over the years, whether in our own back yard or venturing out into camping grounds or beaches or national parks.
Grandad and Nannette (that’s Nana Annette) loved teaching the kids the basics about putting up a tent and setting up a campsite. It was a super team effort that saw the tents pop up in our back yard, with the two big kids helping to lay out the tent, put up the poles and bang in the pegs. This was a completely new experience for Pebble and this little introduction to camping was a lovely way to prepare her for a Grampout away from home.
Once the tents were up we kicked back and relaxed with a little bit of backyard soccer and sizzling some sausages and steaks for dinner. We munched on the most delicious chilli tuna dip ever while sipping a few ice cold beers and chasing the kiddos around. Rocky made himself happy with some water play, preferring to play with the hose over his water table. My big nephew, E, and Pebble loved climbing in and out of the tents and mucking around. It was just lovely. It was the kind of experience that you know the kids will remember forever, and in years to come with say, “remember when….. “.
The backyard Grampout was the perfect first gramping experience for us. With not-quite-one-year-old Rocky and little-miss-I-hate-bugs Pebble, we all felt a lot more secure in our own space. Pebble has a big thing about bugs. Her little body reacts quite badly if she’s bitten (think arm swollen to three times it’s normal size) and she also has a big fear of them. Those two things are probably linked, huh? If she sees a mozzie buzzing around she’ll screech and flap about and ask someone to take care of that buzzing insect for her. It’s not really very relaxing, for anyone. Thankfully Mortein and Aerogard protection helped to make sure that we had a mozzie free Grampout experience and Pebble didn’t flap about or screech once! Here’s how we kept mozzie free:
Mozzie Free Gramping with Aerogard and Mortein protection
We used a combination of mozzie fighting tools including:
- Mortein Auto Protect Outdoor Citronella – this little gem is battery operated, portable and covers a sheltered area of five metres squared with it’s plant based ingredient being auto-sprayed into the air. You can choose to auto-spray every 20 or 40 seconds, depending on how bad your mozzie situation is.
- Mortein Outdoor Citronella Candle – this candle gave our camp table a lovely glow, but more than that it made doubly sure that no mozzies were nibbling on our ankles that night. It burns for up to 25 hours, and is perfect to light at dusk, just as the mozzies get hungry.
- Aerogard Tropical Strength Six Hour Protection spray – this long lasting repellent made sure that no annoying insects had us for dinner while we were running around the garden. For children aged 12 months to five years old you can use Aerogard Odourless Protection, which has no smell and is non greasy, providing up to four hours of mozzie protection. Both are available in roll on, pump or aerosol. These are ideal for spraying on when you’re heading out for a bush walk or to explore the beach.
After that gorgeous day of gramping fun, the kids were getting sleepy-crazy (you know, when they’re so tired they’re acting crazy), so we bunkered down for the night, snuggling into sleeping bags*. When morning came everyone woke bright and early (thanks to the screeching of our friendly cockatoos!) and unzipped themselves into the morning sunlight. I offered coffee to the grown ups and milk to the big kids when we had a little visitor. Dad heard a crack in the bushes along our fence and turned around to spot a koala staring back at him! We all stood quietly and watched as walked along the fence line and climbed up into a tree. This tree branches out and crosses limbs with a gum tree, which I think is where he was headed. What perfect timing and a wonderful ending to our first Grampout!
*Rocky and I snuggled under our blankets in our beds. Big thanks to Grandad, Nannette and hubby for being good sports and sleeping outside with the big kids while I continued the sleep training bizzo inside with Rocky xx (ps. he’s sleeping LOTS better now!).
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