One of my absolute fav things to do is snuggle up with the girls and watch a movie.
So when we were invited to join the Netflix #StreamTeam I was all like: ‘Pffffft! What took you so long to ask?!’ (I didn’t really, I said: ‘Ooooh, ooooh, ooooh, yes please, pick me! Pick me! Pick meeeeeeee!‘.)
To mark this auspicious occasion, I decided to arrange a little Netflix garden glamping adventure for the girls.
When I was their age I remember going backyard camping in New Zealand with my cousin. We had the best time, snuggled into our sleeping bags on a camping roll (no fancy airbeds for us back then!), midnight snacks at the ready.
When darkness fell we played shadow puppets with our flashlights, and giggled and told ghost stories until we collapsed into sleep…
… only to be woken in the middle of the night by a werewolf (hedgehog) snuffling around the tent. Our al fresco adventure ended abruptly as we ran, screaming, back into the house.
The girls are too young to stay outside on their own, but over the weekend OH and I came up with a compromise: we bought a small festival tent and told the girls they could fall asleep in there, and we’d carry them back inside when we went to bed.
OH put the tent up, while I pumped up the girls’ ReadyBeds, charged up the iPad and carted our campfire chimnea on to the lawn.
Once the fire was roaring, we toasted marshmallows over the flames. Then, while OH and I enjoyed a sneaky glass of wine, the girls zipped themselves inside the tent and sipped hot chocolate while watching Denis the Menace on Netflix (yay for a strong wifi signal!).
They were in heaven, and were so excited to sleep in the tent they didn’t even protest when we told them it was bed time.
After a LOT of giggling and squealing, the tent fell silent; by some glamping miracle, they were both sound asleep.
Which also meant I got my iPad back, great news for me as I love completely immersing myself in a good box set.
MY NETFLIX HIT LIST
I loved Making a Murderer, and re-watched every single one of all the Breaking Bad episodes (I haven’t tried Better Call Saul yet as I’m a bit dubious of spin-offs, but will definitely give it a try).
Then I went through a documentary phase, and became slightly obsessed with films about how Ponzi schemes helped trigger the international banking crisis. Yes, I realise how nerdy that sounds.
I haven’t watched Orange is the New Black yet (don’t judge me), but it’s on my hit list, along with the Netflix Original series Spotless, about a crime scene cleaner and his dark past. And I’m counting down until series five of Homeland appears (soon, please be soon!).
So much to watch, so little time: #NetflixProblems.
• as a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam we were sent an iPad mini to watch all their fabulous programmes at our leisure