Cool Stuff Archive

Extension after 6 weeks – 10 more to go

Since my last post on the extension we have progressed another 3 weeks or so and its surprising how quickly it is all taking shape and you can now get an understanding of the size of it all. Here are some of the pictures from the last few weeks.

The floors are being created. We also now have the french doors taken out and boarded up but the builders did recycle one of the old windows to let some light in.

foundations done floors going in

At the same time we are having to dig new foundations for the extended patio retaining wall

patio foundations

It was exciting to see the first blockwork go up on the kitchen

first blockwork

Followed by the brickwork. There is going to be a combination of rendered walls and exposed brick.

first brickwork

Next it was the side of the two storey extension

sitting room side up

The scaffolding goes up and the bricks get higher

scaffolding goes up

At the end of last week the brickies were done and tomorrow it will be the roof.

ready for the roof

Marbella 2014

I’m behind on my posting on my blog as there always seems to be something else that crops up with work, the house now that we are about to start a big extension, the kids, the rugby club, the VW club and family… but I have grabbed a few spare minutes to get some of the pictures from our annual holiday in Marbella onto my blog.

We didn’t do much while we were away, basically drove from the airport (in an awesome brand new VW Golf) to the Marriott resort, checked in and didn’t leave the resort except for a few hours in Marbella and a few times down the beach for dinner. It was really relaxing. The kids hooked up with some friends from previous years and met some new people so they were busy all day mainly in the pool which meant I could get on with my annual reading session with a few cocktails in between chapters.

Arrival drinks!
st miguel

Trip into Marbella for lunch
me and the kids marbella
becky & ethan marbella
dave and miles marbella

The pool and the apartments
pool and apartment

Kids in the pool practicing for water polo
kids in the pool

Me & Dave after a lovely meal down the beach
dave and becky

Until next year .. all booked already 🙂

Mighty DubFest 2014

This weekend we headed off to Northumberland to go to Mighty Dub Fest at Druridge Bay Country Park. We hadn’t been to this event before, and this was the first outing for us with PeggySue Puck, our latest addition.

We set off straight after the kids finished school and had got showered and changed, on Friday afternoon. We had arranged to meet up with our friends from the Harrogate and District VW club there, to camp with them, but we’d planned to make our own way there. All was going great until we hit traffic and it turned out that the A19 at Hartlepool was closed in both directions because of an accident. Sat in a slow moving traffic jam, in a 50 year old bus, in the rain isn’t the ideal start to a weekend. We headed off down some chocker block country lanes to try to get back on the A19 at a different junction but no joy so had a bit of a pitstop.

Here’s our mini convoy

mollie peggysue and bob

We got there eventually (after a 4 hour drive) and couldn’t get into the club camping where we were supposed to as it was full, but also in a very muddy field so we were actually pleased we could find our own spot which we did in the end and managed to track everyone else down too. This was our camp

the hdvw camp

the camp at might dub fest

This was the first time away without a tent to sleep in, so the boys were in Bob in his new full width bed, and Dave, me and Cooper were in PeggySue. We loved it and next time it will be even better as we have learnt a few things this time round.

camping at mighty dub fest

Check out the amazing blue sky we were treated to on Saturday!

And this is the view across the lake from our campsite, pretty stunning!

druridge bay

Everyone had a great weekend … Cooper got to chill out, go on the beach, swim in the lake and meet loads of new friends.

cooper at might dub fest

The kids got into loombands .. and by the end of the weekend everyone was wearing loomband bracelets

loom bands

One thing that was a shame though was that Mollie was entered into the Show and Shine but the show field, after some more rain during the night on Saturday, was muddy and rutted and even though she would have got up the hill to the display we didn’t want her to have to be dragged off at the end of the day. She could have won too!

the show field

We had a good drive home in a convoy with no incidents or breakdowns so that was a perfect end to a fab weekend. Roll on Camperjam in a few weeks.

Camping Season is Here

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.

When we go away to VW shows we take with us our vans, Bob & Mollie.

Bob & Mollie

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)

Peggy sue pop top

And a couple of inside shots. This is the sitting room and bedroom

Peggy sitting and bedroom

And here’s the kitchen complete with 2 ring gas hob and sink

Peggy kitchen

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.

kids in peggy

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.

bobs towbar

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 🙂

peggy sue

Getting a New Design

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

old version

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.