Monday, 17 January 2011

Project Humpty Dumpty

Project Humpty Dumpty up dated :

Well, have totalled up 630 miles travelling from Devon to Hastings (Hythe, Kent), to Hitchin, Stotfold (Hertfordshire) and back again in order to obtain the final major two pieces needed to put "project Humpty Dumpty" into another major phase. The sink unit and the Buddy seat are now sitting in Florence (not fitted) but they are there!.

After spending last year managing on a very "basic" interior, we feel this will bring a whole new practical edge to the coming season's adventures.

It is very pleasing to our eye's to see the next phase of the transformation to the inside of Florence coming together.

There remains the next task of a bit of TLC to the 40 year old sink unit and then the fitting !.

So there you have it, I have to stop and think sometimes at why I do such things that reqiure so much effort and time, but the answer is always there, in photos, thoughts and every time I walk out the back door and there she is! Yes, good old "Florence" the dubster. The family member on four wheels.


Reflecting on life sometimes is best sat on a cliff edge looking out towards the sea, unlocking the depths of your soul !

Just what can beat that!

baby in a vw campervan.............

We gave this a little bit more thought last night and realised that a baby and campervaning might not be so easy after all, however by hook or by crook it will happen! we planned on getting a tepee tent this year to keep all of our extra stuff in when we are out in our travels having seen a lovely one at the Cornwall Jamboree but now we have to think about things a little more differently, well there is all the paraphernalia that comes with a baby to consider and making room for changing a baby in comfort PRN without being in sometimes pongy campsite toilets and sometimes the trek to get to them, we have avoided a camper van awning so far but now we might have to give in and get one, but i think this year i am going to cling on to my quirky ways and find a suitable Tepee!!

Saturday, 8 January 2011

After a nights entertainment, drinking crabbies and the finest Ales and Bitters, the evening draws to a close at the cornwall Jamborie.
Back into the florence's sleeping qaurters we go awaiting the new dawn. Only trouble is, it would be the Dawn of packing up and heading home.
This was the last show we attended in 2010 and so looking forward to a feast of more shows and eventful trips in 2011!.
In the mean time, it is hands on deck to try and finish project "Humpty Dumpty" with much travelling in the car to pick up various original interior furniture parts to complete. Also to prepare Florence for the arrival of the new addition to this journey. Will there be enough time to do it all ? "ofcourse there will "!
So here is to another exciting & eventful 2011 for us and travelling florence the dubster.
Watch this space! .............................................................

The organised pitch "NOT" !
This may well look like a stall selling junk!, but it is actually our idea of an organised pitch at the VW Jamborie at Sithians show ground, Cornwall.
Steptoe comes to mind!

Good times!

I love this natural photo of Bo Jangles and pickle!!!

Nice bum!!

Nice bum!
Funny banging noises and firing funny at traffic lights!!! well you have to expect this kind of thing if you are 40 years old and you have been up and down and around Cornwall and North Devon for a few days!! fortunately it was just the points.

Ooops! Going no where !!!!!

It's days like these that I wish my owners would come back with me to my old home in California! I still started and got my pistons moving, That warmed up my arse I tell ya!

One cat, one camper van.

Ragster the dub mechanic

When i said i want to get one of those vw campervans and put the cat in the back and off i go..................i did not actually mean this!!!! But hey the Ragster cat was just checking that the engine was hunkydory!!!
Dub dog!!

Sadie the dub dog!! watching the world go by from the back of the camper van!!


Life is too busy, and life is full of surprises........ as i look back over 2010 i have great memories that stand clear in my mind, of course the brilliant idea of our first camper van and all of the places we have visited and Florence has happily taken us, with one turn of the key a little bit of a warm up off we have gone off with that lovely unmistakable engine sound.

The next surprise was to find out that i was pregnant, a few "oh my gods " when i saw a those two blue lines and a lot of pacing around turned into a lovely exciting time ahead, we are both delighted if not a little shocked to begin with, babykins will be born in May.

By the time our first 12 week scan had arrived we had decided on the adaptions we needed to make to the camper van to enable us to have a baby friendly camper van, we seemed to have that all sorted in our minds before the babies nursery!!

However with all of the excitement and planning and straightforwardness of it all, we attended our first scan together, that first vision of your baby is magical and quite amazing, a complete gift and to see it move,well, i was mesmerized.

Not long after the scan we were taken into a room told by a senior lead midwife that our baby had shown some abnormality and needed further tests, and i would see the consultant obstetrician the very next day. This we had not expected, not for a moment, and i honestly thought it would all turn out to be perfectly normal.

Following a special test a C.V.S and three days wait, we were attended our follow up appointment, and put in that horrible but comfortable non-clinical 'bad news room' (as i called it) that our baby had Downs syndrome.

I was relieved, i was relieved because i was scared that i was going to be told our baby was never going to live, and that baby had a very serious illness and would never make it, there and then we were offered and refused termination thank you very much ,and instead given a lot of leaflets on Downs syndrome, i saw a picture of a child with the characteristic Downs syndrome 'look' and realised i had a lot to sort out in my mind.

Well as i sit here today i am 20 weeks pregnant and happily so, i decided one thing shortly after our news that i had two ways to cope with this either to be a complete misery or simply to be positive, so hence i am positive.

We are gifted with a very special baby, and i may be capable of a lot but changing chromosomes i have not mastered yet!!! And so be it, i am however capable of giving unconditional love to this baby and without a doubt i know that Bo Jangles will too, I am sure baby will in time love camper vans too!!!