Post-adventure recovery for daddy and Young Johnston. New clothes, salt and vinegar sticks and a hot chocolate.
When you own a house, you're always saying you need more storage. For every new dress or outfit, you need a bigger or better wardrobe. When you buy extra kitchen rolls, because your young boys like to spill stuff, where do you keep them? A van is the same. I built it with under bed … Continue reading Really? …. More Shelving?!
A February break with nowhere to go, what do you do? Bernie has been in need of some new storage and finally here was a few days where I could maybe manage some time in the garage. First thing to do was remove the walking poles, ice axe and their mount from the side wall … Continue reading Bernie Needs More Shelving
I needed some. So I built some. One of the things that has impressed me since I started building Bernie in a camper colossus is how people can squeeze even the tiniest table into their vans. I wanted one too! And after the now standard hours spent researching all the usual places (YouTube/Instagram/vanlife websites) I … Continue reading Flat Space
A second three weeks of lockdown has just been announced. So back to the van for the next job, making a midge net for the window. I essentially copied this idea: https://www.motorhomeplanet.co.uk/archives/4795 It seems to have worked really well, but we'll see how it performs next time I can get further than the front door. … Continue reading Camping on our Doorstep
The lockdown is almost three weeks old. We can't go out unless absolutely necessary. As a family who loves the outdoors, we stand and stare out the windows, dreaming of potential adventures. But it would be wrong to say that it's the end of the world. We have stiffened our upper lips and embraced what … Continue reading Extra Shelter From the Storm
Tap.... Tap.... Tap.... Tap.... ...multiplied by at least 50,000 this week. That's the noise made as I tap on whatever device I have available, whether it be my laptop, iPad, my phone. As a teacher in a Scottish School, it's probably safe to say, with a hint of understatement, that this week has been a … Continue reading Shelved
It's always more interesting to look at how a child sees something. I've spent hours/days/months looking online and speaking to friends to find the best way to create Bernie the mini camper out of the Arnold Clark ex-hire van I bought back in August. Some of the builds I've seen have been painfully impressive. Young … Continue reading Building Bernie’s Bed