Wow, last post mid October when the extension was due to be finished… now we are heading into December and still work to be done. Its getting there though and soon to be done. Will update very soon with some amazing transformation pictures.
This weekend while the Tour de France was set to hurtle around the roads of Yorkshire we set off heading south on the 150 mile journey to CamperJam in Shropshire. It was our first trip to CamperJam so we were really excited, but with slight trepidation about the journey.
Here is our merry convoy ready to depart
On the route down we met up with some fellow vdubbers so we had a convoy and it was good to have some support vehicles travelling with you The roads were ok considering it was Friday night, but it was amazing how much traffic was heading North for the Tour de France. When we got to CamperJam the rain had started, and it carried on through most of the night. Needless to say we all went to bed earlier than usual as we were all a bit wet!
The next day the sun was out and thats how it stayed for the rest of the weekend which was perfect.
Here’s the Harrogate & District VW club camping patch
Camperjam was huge, there were so many traders that we really just didn’t have enough time to look around properly, but it was also packed with day visitors as well as the campers. Great fun though and a fantastic atmosphere. At this festival, our 2 worlds merged as our friends from the rugby club, who have recently joined the VW club, came along too so it meant there were even more kids in camp entertaining each other.
Here’s a few of the pics from Saturday
Sunday was Show n Shine day so we were up early (well sort of early) to give Mollie a bit of a rub down, and to get camp tidied up and packed up. We wouldn’t be heading off until later in the afternoon but it can take a good few hours to steadily pack everything back up, especially when you’re in a relaxed “go slow”.
Here’s Mollie in the Show n Shine
In the VW show circuit there are certain shows that are tougher than others, and CamperJam has always been our ultimate one to test Mollie at. This is due to the calibre of the judges, one being David Eccles who we have probably all of his books under our coffee table. When we lined up there were just so many amazing looking buses of all styles, with immaculate interiors and exteriors, each deserving of a prize. The judges of the Show n Shine, when they came for a chat liked the fact that Mollie was still a microbus rather than one that had been converted to a camper so we felt a glimmer of hope.
After a nervous wait .. (its like one of kids needing to pass a test!)
She’d done it .. a winner ..
Here is me collecting the trophy and having to explain to the crowd what work had been done to Mollie (embarrassing lol!) and strangely enough out of all the prize winners I was the only female owner (makes me even prouder )
And here is Mollie’s trophy to add to the growing collection.
The thing I love most though about showing Mollie is not all about the winning, but its the smiles that people have when they see her, and I love it when she is so admired that people want to take photos of her or wave at you when you are travelling up the motorway.
We certainly needed the waves and beeping of the horns that we got on the way back as it was a long drive when were were all worn out, but loved it all the same. This was our mini convoy when we stopped at Woodhall services. We were lucky that the Tour de France traffic was all going on the opposite direction again…and I’ve never seen so much, it was crazy.
We’re heading away on Friday for the first camping weekend of the season, and this year we’ll be ditching the tent and doing something different.
Bob is the one that gets filled with all the equipment and Mollie travels empty to basically show her off and enter her into the Show and Shine competitions. So far in the last 4 shows she has entered she has come away with 4 trophies, 2 of them being Best in Show ones which means she beat every other vehicle from all the categories. (I sound like a proud mum!)
Anyway, we have been looking for a better way to camp and have had work done on Bob’s interior so that he now has a full width “rock and roll” bed so there is room to sleep in there now, and also reconfigured the storage space. We are half way through re-covering the seats and replacing panels but this is now where the kids will sleep. We’ve also had to invest in removable black out blinds so that we don’t need curtains but he’s all good now.
Then we were looking at a variety of trailer sleeping pods but really couldn’t find anything that had everything, with enough sleeping space and enough storage. We did find one that we could get customised but at over £11,000 it was just crazy money.
Then we stumbled on the Eriba caravans and we fell in love, and the hunt was on. The smallest one you can get is called a Puck, followed by a Pan and these look great hooked up to a VW. We found an Eriba Puck up in Edinburgh, vintage, 1975 and bought it from a few pictures. We had it delivered a few weeks ago and have been busy getting it ready. We had to give it a name and decided on PeggySue
I haven’t got any cool photos of her yet, so here she is parked up (we even had to make some extra room on the drive for her, but fortunately she takes up hardly any space)
And a couple of inside shots. This is the sitting room and bedroom
And here’s the kitchen complete with 2 ring gas hob and sink
The kids used PeggySue as their den for the first few evenings, and I got back from work one day to find them already in there chilling out.
We had to get Bob altered to be able to tow the Eriba Puck since he did have a big fat exhaust pipe that stuck out from underneath the bumper, so we had to get a new exhaust fitted as well as the tow bar. Here’s Bob’s shiny towbar and new exhaust.
And the last thing that was left to do last night was to do a test run at towing. A bit nerve wrecking but all absolutely fine. Looking forward to a great summer of camping
Today my blog has had a bit of a facelift to give it a fresh new look. I wanted to go for something clean and simple as my blog tends to be heavy on the picture side, and I also wanted to get some of my favourite colour, red, on here.
I’ve not had a fresh design for 3 years now and this is what my blog used to look like
and back in 2011 it used to look like this
I also decided to change the strapline on my blog from “My Experience of running a business and a home” to a strapline that is more in keeping with my writings “My story with Dave, the kids, Cooper, VW’s & rugby” as that sums it up better.
I hope you like the new design and carry on reading my waffles.
It’s Cooper’s birthday today … so lots of birthday wishes for him and “May the Fourth be with you” LOL
In honour of his Star War birthday date we gave him a fitting name, so his full name is Storm Cooper Chewbacca Naylor. Here’s a bit of a look back…yes, I dug out his baby photos
Once we had chosen him we visited every week so that he could get used to us a bit and it was so exciting for the kids to get to see him growing.
This is Cooper when he was 2 weeks old, just a little handful!
We’ve had some great walks together, and one of my favourites was on Boxing Day when it was really frosty
And here’s Cooper yesterday on our long walk to Studley Royal. He’s in training at the moment with a Figure of Eight lead to stop him from pulling which is working very well.
So Happy 1st Birthday to you Coops