June 2013 roundup (kinda)
So June was a shockingly bad month. First dog drama. Then job drama (Mr. B is now *inbetween jobs*). Little money, lots of stress. No time to play & only one trip away.
Nobody likes a moaner and instead of fluffy images pretending June wasn’t THAT bad really I’ve decided on *back to basics*. So here’s how vanplusfour was born.
Our T5 comes from Shrewsbury and in a previous life was probably properly abused by some dirty delivery driver on some form of lease arrangement. It was super shiny and colour coded and came with 2 tinted windows on the side and nothing else. As Mr. B is 6’5 he dictated that it needed to have a long wheel base (LWB) so we could fit a homemade bed in it.
Mr B got straight down to it. He bought masses of timber & boards from our friendly merchant and ordered carpets, rubber flooring and other stuff on the internet. He spent weeks researching what’s out there, watched countless tutorials on YouTube and drew up plans that he could work with. Once he was happy with what he wanted to do he got the van in the back and got started.
[The guy with the weird hat is my father in law. He knows EVERYTHING there is to know about DIY. He’s also super cool & retired and loves to get stuck in. As you can see ^_^]
There was batons being fitted. Sound absorption going in. Insulating materials being stuffed into gaps. Boards were put on top and then rubber flooring went down [nobody wants dogs sliding up’n down the van] and carpet was glued to all the sides and the ceiling.
Work would often go on until very late at night. Building your own van is EXTREMELY addictive. *Luckily* I’m not as talented as Mr. B so I guess my role was more, ahem, *supportive* (ha!). I made loadsa tea and took some pictures now’n then [and not even pretty ones]. Oh, and while Mr B was getting super excited about his fridge, two set of switches, the leisure battery and his ceiling downlighters (nice!) I dreamed about super glossy flush white kitchen units.
Once Mr B had figured out all the basics [I won’t bother with all the details. You need to ask him really. Best done by hooking up over a nice pint (or two). Have van, will travel ^_^] it was time to get started on our furniture. We knew right from the beginning that we wanted an L shape living arrangement, a) more living space for the dogs and b) we didn’t really want a rock’n roll bed (expensive. and short). He thought about how to build a pull out base and how to fit my white kitchen units around it.
Then he put all the electrics in (clever!), wired it all up, put carpet on his homemade units, tarted it up with steel edges, cut a worktop to size [ably assisted by our van-loving brother-in-law], connected a sink & a hob, had some bespoke cushions made by a local seamstress [the type of cushions that serve as seats & backs during the day and then neatly fit together to make up a mattress at night], fitted a removable table in the middle [the type that is made of exactly the same material as my cabinet doors] and then one day, it was all finished and vanplusfour.com was born ^_^
What happened next is amazing. We took it to *a few* places [some of them in France. some in England. some in Wales. and some in Scotland]. We bought a camera. Mr B stopped working in Iraq and we put some roots down in North Wales. When we get itchy feet we jump in the brilliant van my husband built for me and we dream about living #vanlife. So when times get as tough as June 2013 I ought to remember that. Life’s great ^_^
[since then, we’ve also fitted an awning. chucked out the horrible seats and put in some nice leather ones. but are still in desperate need of some nice curtains and some hot wheels. but seeing as patience is a virtue that can wait until pockets are full of money again ^_^]