Back to Blogging

I’ve not been here since September – you may have noticed. It’s not been for any huge reason, I just think covid restrictions were making blogging feel rather repetitive, plus I hate the new WordPress editor. Does it get better the more you use it?

Looking back September’s ‘highlight’ saw us ‘going on holiday’…

Since well before anyone heard of covid-19, we’ve been considering buying a campervan. Last year we hired a motorhome and decided it was too big.

At the end of September we hired a small one (a VW T6). We spent the first night camping on the drive, because Harry gets freaked out by new vehicles, so we wanted to give him time to get used to it. The next day we packed the van and trotted off a couple of hours down the road into Cornwall.

Rock beach, Cornwall – where we didn’t go on holiday.

We put up the awning, went for a walk, had tea, played Rummikub and went to bed. In the night the wind got up – not a lot, but enough to make our awning start dancing. Buy 5.30am the awning had collapsed – everyone else’s awning and tents looked tickety-boo, one campervan even still had it’s pop top up – this was not strong wind. In the dark and pouring rain, we pulled the awning apart to discover many of the poles had snapped and a fair few were already taped together with gaffer tape. With the forecast for rain until afternoon we decided to head home – still in our PJs.

If you count travelling time, we had a 22 hour holiday. This was however enough to work out a newish small camper was pretty much an very expensive bed on wheels and we didn’t want one. However the desire to have future camping holidays persisted, so we took the logical step of buying an expensive bed on wheels that’s a good few years older than my first car…

I’ll tell you a bit more about her next time I post.

I hope everyone is well, safe and happy.

Until next time,

Bekki x

29 thoughts on “Back to Blogging

  1. Hi Bekki,
    Believe it or not, our first and only camper van was a 66 VW van (green and white) which we adored for several years. Went to Mexico several times, the desert, etc. We only traded it in when we got tired of being passed on the freeway and went to Volvos. Did that for many many years until the dealership went belly up, and went now into Honda Accord. We love it for traveling because we want a motel room and shower and TV and comfort at the end of a long day. So after 54 years of marriage, we love seeing what you guys are doing and wish you all the luck with the great addition. I presume Harry is happier. Love and Happy New Year. lucy

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    1. Hi Lucy. Great to hear from you. Happy New Year. Good to hear about your travels. Having only got Tilly at the end of October Harry’s only been out in her once – due to weather, Hubby sorting out engine and covid restrictions – so happier with her but not fully acclimatised. The modern van was very dark behind the front seat, but Tilly is so much brighter and he has a seat in her, so was definitely initially happier with her than the T6. As for speed, time will tell if Hubby can cope with traveling at 50 everywhere πŸ™‚ Love to you guys too. Take good care xx

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  2. Great to see you back blogging & love the orange VW. My parents used to have one & I loved it. We have a bit of a compromise now…a Slidepod in my husbands van. Means we have a bed but you have to open the back up to put the kettle onπŸ˜‚ Had some great short trips in it so far though!

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    1. Hi. Great to hear from you. Sounds a good compromise – after the T6 experience I said I’d be happy with tent and a van with a mattress, but Harry wouldn’t cope in dark/dim light of at the back of a van and I’ve also always yearned for a T2. Glad you’ve managed some trips out this year πŸ™‚

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      1. It’s only been day trips in 2020 unfortunately but still great! Before that, If going for more than one night we tend to put the tent up & get the mattress out the van πŸ˜‚

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  3. Awww my kids did a lot of growing up in our old T2 . I’ve since discovered hotels with stars but I have plenty of fond memories 🀣🀣 Looking forward to seeing your Goldilocks Van, the one not too big nor too small. 🚐

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    1. Ha ha! I never thought you’d get me camping, but the big learn from the motorhome last year was that I did like the freedom the van gives – especially when you have a dog and the fact that many hotels turn out to be dog tolerant rather than dog friendly. Also the odd night in a hotel while on a camping trip is definitely in the plan πŸ™‚

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  4. You kind of get used to the new editor. I’ve heard lots of people moaning about it when it changed and without a doubt it isn’t as good as the old editor. The old one seemed to have things to use that you could find. This one appears to have features hidden away with no clue as to where they should be. I’ve kind of worked out how to post similar to the way I did and left it like that. Love the camper, lets hope you get to use it lots in 2021

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    1. Thanks. Makes you wonder why they changed it, who thought it was a good idea and why they don’t ask for feedback on their ideas first.
      Thanks. Hope so, but we’re just thinking we can get used to her on day trips and work out if she’s a realistic option for travelling further. So if that’s all we get done this year that’s fine.

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    1. Ha ha! As you know I’m not beyond camping on my own drive πŸ™‚
      Thank you. Hopefully she’s practical. We’re also seeing her a bit of an expensive toy. If she turns out not to be that practical then at least we’ve ‘given the ball a kick’.

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  5. She’s beautiful!
    I’m still using the old editor – it’s easy when you know how. Don’t know how long it will be possible though – they’re bound to take it away at some point.

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  6. Glad to see you back blogging again, Hopefully, I can keep the momentum up as well.
    I don’t mind the new editor that much but it did take a lot of getting used to as I couldn’t post things in the same way I used to, but I think I’m ok with it now.
    Looking forward to hearing about more of your van trips, we managed to get away for two week-long trips in 2020 and it was fantastic, the back of the hiace is very dark as it has only has a back window so great for a good nights sleep.

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  7. Hi Bekki, nice to see you back! Though have of course seen you and and your lovely van on Instagram. πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for you. Very envious indeed.
    I am still using the old WordPress editor. I know, right. I’m stuck in the past and can’t move myself forward.
    Looking forward to seeing more of Harry. Glad he is ok with the van. Just needs to get a few wknds away in it and all will be well. X

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  8. Go into ‘my sites’, where you have the menu on the left hand side with ‘Dashboard’ as the first option, followed by ‘plans’ and ‘posts’. Click on ‘posts’ but, when the drop down menu appears, don’t click on ‘Add New’ but click on ‘All Posts’. Then, when the new page appears you should see heading ‘Posts’ with an arrow next to it. Click on the arrow and a drop down appears with a choice of ‘Block Editor’ or ‘Classic Editor’ and the ‘classic’ is the one to click on. This is how I’ve been doing it.
    Let me know if it works for you. x

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  9. Could be called a mini mini break! Sorry to hear of your holiday disaster and wishing you well in your funnnnnnn VW – I can imagine lots of knitted or crochets blankets and cushions – very retro!

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    1. It could πŸ™‚ We weren’t too unhappy as we never expected great weather and our recognisance mission was accomplished and we did get some of our money back, because the awning broke. Still, would have been nice to have had a bit of a break. Although we’re very lucky to live where we live, so didn’t need a break like some people did.
      Definitely planning a crochet blanket πŸ™‚

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      1. Enjoy your new van. Look forward to seeing your blanket inside! I just remembered a conversation I had with my neighbours a couple of months ago – they rented a motorhome last August as they couldn’t take their long awaited 25 year anniversary holiday to the Caribbean – they headed to the Lake District, lasted less than a week. Their van wasn’t up to home comforts – no broken awning, but a cooker that didn’t work and scary for either of them to drive in anything bigger than a Nissan Nicra! Apparently they won’t attempt another selfdrive holiday ever!

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      2. Oh bless them. The motorhomes are very big – even if you’re used to driving bigger things – the one we hired the year before last year seemed to sway in a way that say a Luton van doesn’t. I see quite a few people driving them in tourist season looking absolutely terrified. Not having a cooker must have been a real pain as they couldn’t even make a cup of tea! I would think camping in season was quite a mare this year anyway with so many people doing it. And let’s face it no motorhome or camper trip is going to come up to scratch if you’ve been dreaming of the Caribbean for several years.

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  10. I hate the new WordPress, as well. And, no, so far it hasn’t gotten any better for me. I enjoy your blog. My husband and I are campers and I always take crafting supplies with me for inspiration for my own blog. πŸ™‚

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