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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Posted 3/1/2012
My cool black tinsel & the little lost bear we found in a cupboard! My cool black tinsel & the little lost bear we found in a cupboard! Well we were far away from spending Christmas with Waki in the wilds somewhere this time, but hopefully that will be possible next year!

Still despite the state she's currently in (we did add a bit of tinsel so she wasn't completely left out!) we both sat and enjoyed a glass of wine for New Years inside and thought about all of the work we have yet to do. Daunting but exciting all the same! 

We both got some lovely things for the 'home' for Christmas, Ryan bought me the mosaic mirror I wanted to go in the shower room and his sister bought me a lovely sewing box as my old one was overflowing! My parents bought Ryan a good long extension lead which has already had a lot of use as we've disconnected the battery so we can take down the lights and wiring. Thanks everyone! :)

So far since our last post, Ryan's been working most weekends and having his day off during the week (when I'm working full time as well!) so we've not managed to get the walls down as yet. We need a good two straight days to get the rotten plywood off, insulate & then get the nice new ply on. It's so frustrating as I hate seeing it in such a mess inside and we're both itching to get it all finished, unfortunately we need to do the walls before we can do anything else! :S

So while Ryan is at work I've been unscrewing everything that is in the way of the walls or ceiling, and on his days off he's been sorting out some of the electrics and taking down the heavier items like the old rotten cupboard. I should have started counting the screws because there seems to be thousands of them! See below for the current mess:

 

The big window above the bed platform minus it's damp wallpaperThe big window above the bed platform minus it's damp wallpaper

Behind the beech panel to the back of the kitchen cupboardsBehind the beech panel to the back of the kitchen cupboardsWe've also now acquired an extra leisure battery courtesy of my parents (thank you! x) as they had one spare from their caravan. We would like a total of 3 to be able to take charge from the solar panels and to last a decent length of time when nowhere near a hook up cable, so just 1 more to go - pity our birthdays are so far away now!The very rotten part above the cupboards in the living space on the side that had the leakThe very rotten part above the cupboards in the living space on the side that had the leak


Sarah is a UK artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more


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