Some Building Work Required

OK so following on from my latest post about my new business venture in outdoor pursuits, I had some work to do!

After working from home in previous roles I’ve had, I’ve always found it difficult to concentrate and work a full day because of all the distractions that go on in our house. Our house has often been called a “Mad House” by our visitors and that is largely due to the fact that the people that live in it are mad! Mainly my kids, who seem to get louder and crazier as time goes on.

So, the decision has been to build my own private work space by extending on the side of our property. The other interesting decision about this idea is that I am going to do it myself. I reckon I am pretty handy at building and more importantly I know a lot of good mates who have various skills and will help in exchange for a couple of beers. Or I hope they will!

After reading this interesting article about the 5 rules of Extension Building    I am now ready to take on the world! This is going to be a building project of immense proportions and I am really excited about being a construction master. Builders have always amazed me at their trade skills and of course there are so many skills to learn. On a recent holiday to Cornwall I saw some building work which really impressed me. It was a house which was set right in-between two banks of woodland and the build was only at the foundation and “shell” stage so I could see exactly how it was being constructed. This framework has been the inspiration behind my own design for my office extension, I have even gone and got some plans professionally drawn out by an architect and have submitted the idea to the council for the usual nonsense of planning permission.

This will probably kill my enthusiasm somewhat because we all know how long that takes. The new business will need some storage space for all the equipment, for the different activities we will offer. It needs to be spacious as I hate small rooms and want a nice area for my desk and computer.

I will keep you posted and display some photos when we start the work.


I think I may have found a Sponsor!

We have been very busy getting our great VW Charity Dash organised and it has involved quite a bit of prospecting local businesses to raise the funds needed to make the event possible.

Pretty much all the money raised will go to charity, we just wanted to cover the fuel costs and have a bit for the admin side of things. Lots of businesses have expressed an interest in our venture but not many have put their money where their mouth is but I think we have one that will!

We are just getting all the details sorted, I convinced them by saying they would get full coverage of their company on my website and facebook pages. So I will be writing a kind of review on their company and telling you all how marvelous they are….

Which from what I’ve been hearing they very much are, and if they are prepared to sponsor a great cause then they get my vote.

In the meantime I am doing some work on my van. In its current state I dont think it would make it to Bristol, let alone a full tour of the UK. Part of the love of VW’s is of course the mechanical side of it. A lot of people get involved with these campervans becuase they thinks its cool or whatever, but if they are not mechanically minded or the practical tyope then sooner or later it will end in tears.

Alternatively it will end in a large bill form their mechanic. It’s the caring and nurturing of the vehicles whcih makes you a true campervan club member, not everyone enjoys that side of it. In my opinion if you don’t have thousands to throw away on mechanic fees, and you dont like getting your fingers greasy, then I advise getting a modern camper.

Our Chosen Charity

Things are shaping up nicely for our VW Charity Dash and we have chosen our Charity partner.

We have decided to donate to Children in Need. I know it has been and gone for this year and by the time we run this event in January the final figures will be in. But i’m sure they wont mind a few quid going their way, I was personally touched by a story I heard about a 11 year old boy who had a horrible accident falling out of a bus door and getting his leg crushed beyond repair.

I have a nephew and niece and it sent shivers down my spine so this charity seem as good as any to donate to.



What is So Great About VW Campervans anyway?

People often ask me what its like driving a classic VW campervan, even more often than that I get asked….


Why decide to drive something that in the modern day and age is really just a skip on wheels?

Because…… its absolutely brilliant thats why. It is the epitome of travel, style and history. As soon as you step into the wheels of a classic, well restored VW camper, your cool style points multiply by 10. You are part of a culture and community of people that don’t get caught up in the everyday nonsense of the rat race.

You are the sort of person that lives for the freedom, lives for the fresh air and lives for the adventure.

Driving these vehicles can be sketchy at best!  Your top speed is probably only about 50 – 55 miles an hour so when traveling long distances, you just sit there and soak up the atmosphere. You take in all the sights.

You don’t need to spend your life zooming here there and everywhere.

I often say to people.

Don’t stress the small stuff. Don’t rush around.

Get in a campervan, chill out, smoke a doob, and take in what the road has to offer.



My current van is the 3rd one I have owned. This is a picture of my first ever van. It didn’t need much work doing to it at all. Which was a good job because back then I had very few skills in mechanical stuff, the previous owner took very good care of it and sold it to me at a decent price.

My second VW was an absolute disaster on wheels. In fact how it ever passed a VAT I don’t know, when I bought it, it wasnt a runner. It was to be my project, it taught me a lot about engines, restorations and also the downside of classic vehicles. The downside is of course the frustrations and amount of work that has to go into the bloody things to make them road worthy.

It never did make it onto the road. And I never got it through its MOT. But even though it was a love hate relationship I did build that eternal bond and it turned me into an obsessive VW club member. After a year of working on it whenever i could I sold it onto to a more experienced restorer, I did make some money on it mind you.

And that leads me to the vehicle I am driving today. The picture really does sum up what it is like to be on the road, traveling and pulling up at a nice quiet spot….

And enjoying the fact that you made it to a nice place without breaking down and having to call the AA!!

Camper Van parked outside a house in Thailand
My Camper Van parked next to a lake in Cornwall