Look Out - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Stay on the path - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Beware of - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

The warning signs were clear...

Warning Signs - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Strange Figures in the Woods - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Strange Figures in the Woods - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Grim Portents - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

Evidence plainly to be seen...

There were grim portents...

Hyde Corner - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Strange Figures in the Woods - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

and strange figures in the woods...

Tinkers Shelter - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

Some were in simple shelters built with just what they could carry...

 Calamity Hall - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Calamity Hall - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
 Calamity Hall - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

While others arrived with portable palaces...

Hyde Corner - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Hyde Corner - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

But still they came...

Bringing their tools.

and their trophies...

Tinkers Shelter - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

Civilised camping, lacking no creature comforts...

 Monster Hunter Tools - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

But all were well equipped to resist the uncanny forces of darkness...

 We-come-in-peace - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

As the end of the traditional camping season approached, the Steam Tent Co-operative assembled once more to celebrate Halloween at Rough Close camp site near Coventry.

 Colin and Debs by fireside - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

This beautiful wooded campsite has quickly become a firm favourite among the active members of the co-op.

Fireside - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

Considering the lateness of the season, attendance was good floating between seven to eleven members at different points over the four day camp.

Pre Carve Up - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

 

In keeping with the Halloween theme we had to hold a pumpkin carving competition of course with prizes awarded to the winners chosen by group agreement.

Pumpkin Carve Up - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Smashing Pumpkin - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

Overall winner by a clear margin was this most creative  and detailed pumpkin carved by our youngest attending member, Josie.   Well done indeed.

Cooking Fire - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

As evening fell on Saturday night the fire became a hive of activity with preparations for a “Jacob’s Join”, a feast where everyone brings a dish they have prepared.

Jacobs Join - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.ukJoin
Calamity Hall - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Tinkers Shelter - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Hyde Corne - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

As darkness falls and the lamps are lit the camp enters perhaps it’s most atmospheric guise.

My favourite time of the day.

Time to gather round the fire with a warm cup of spiced cider enjoying the company of friends in a manner almost as ancient as humanity itself.

Bell Tent - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk
Grim Lampman - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

The dark of the night, out in the woods is a fine time for simple story telling and such tales and conversations add greatly to the camaraderie of the camp fire.

Debs by fireside - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

We had a little rain on Saturday but Sunday morning broke clear and sunny.

Around the Fire - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

Time to enjoy a little craft work around the fire.

Among our core membership we have many accomplished crafts people and it is one of our intentions to set up craft sharing sessions as a regular feature of our encampments.      Learning simple skills that can benefit us all.

Woodspirit Wittling - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Wood Spirit - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Group Shot - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

Of course we ought to introduce a few people that came along.

Pete - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

There was Pete, with his simple ”tinkers” shelter, proving without a doubt that you don’t need a huge tent and an elaborate set up to enjoy the sort of camps we set up.

Colin - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

Colin joined us for the first camp in May and this makes his third.

Creative and inventive, his tent is the first one you saw on this page.

A more complex set up but still transportable in a normal car.

Roy and Debbie - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

Roy and Debbie joined us for the first time this weekend but they certainly hit the ground running with their palatial set up which fitted in a car and a trailer.

Debs - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

My partner Debs, an old hand at re-enactment camping like me and my constant inspiration.

I really couldn’t do this without her.

Debs and Wayland - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

And I suppose I have to include a picture of myself, taking a moment to relax.

Debs and I usually bring our bell tent, the utility tent and the communal fire rig. Partly the benefits of long years working around re-enactment camps, we have many things that help to provide the infrastructure for the communal parts of the camp. Fortunately we also have a van to shift the stuff with, although even that is getting pretty full now.

Stella - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

We had visitors as well that did not stay on this occasion but are preparing to do so next year.

Stella drove all the way from Ludlow, not once but twice over the weekend.

Travelling with Stella was her daughter Josie, winner of the pumpkin carving competition.

(It has to be said that Stella came second, so obviously a creative family there.)

Josie - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

Josie arrived in three guises.

The creative Josie herself.

Josie - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk
The Golden Fox - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

The mysterious Golden Fox.

And this appropriately spooky creature as well.

Our most frequent visitor award ought to go to the plucky Cock Robin that haunted our camp for the whole weekend.

Hope he enjoyed the food in exchange for letting us camp in his territory.

Cock Robin - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk
Our Queer Old Dean - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

Not al who came were caught on camera but in all we enjoyed excellent company and good spirits.

Hunting Trophy - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk

Despite the season and the sudden cold snap we were untroubled by Bean Sdhe, possibly taking Colin’s exhibit as fair warning.

Bell Tent - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  Gary Waidson - www.Steamtent.uk

As the last evening settled in, all declared it had been a fine camp and agreed  we should hold another such near to all hallows eve next year.

But first, plans are afoot for our first camp of the 2019 season which should fall around once more around Beltane. (Early May.)

Watch this Space.

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The Fireside at night - Steampunk Halloween - The Steam Tent Co-operative.  James Howarth - www.Steamtent.uk
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