Grabbed a few days away to visit Broadstairs and, as new members, sample Camping and Caravan Club Certified Sites. We found a convenient site off the beaten track, Orchard Hose at Preston. Orchard was definitely to order of the day as the pickers from all over Europe started early each morning. The site was basic but great for £12 and very quiet.

We spent a day parked up on Broadstairs harbour wall, walked around the town and along the beach and cliffs. We always used to enjoy riding out on our motorbike to Broadstairs for a fish and chip lunch but having coffee and the lunch in our own van while we watched the sea was great. Only spoilt by some idiot locals feeding sea gulls in the middle of the car park!


Our first trip away for 3 nights and we have the bikes on the towbar. We found a magic little camp site near Cromer for a couple of nights. On Monday we tried cycling into Cromer and expected to use our phones for navigation but it seems that the north Norfolk coast is a Vodafone free zone. Never mind we had a great day out and of course ice creams by the sea.

On Tuesday we meandered south through the Broads in glorious sunshine and finally ended up on a site by the sea just before Selafield. We had a great evening in amongst the pines on a warm summers night – almost Mediterranean.

We are learning the tricks with our van. On the way home going round a roundabout the cutlery drawer flew out and landed on the floor – lemon learn’t – make sure it is latched closed. Next we pulled into the services to make coffee and realised that we would have to demount the bike carrier to open the tailgate in order to reach the gas locker to turn it on. More expensive Costa’s – must investigate a carrier that works.

Conversion Finished

The van is back from Kingfisher Campers looking very smart with an SCA 196 pop up roof, RIB Altair seat / bed, Smev  hob / sink unit, Waeco fridge, Sargent hook up system and very classy gloss black units.


A first week away in our van to celebrate a special birthday.

We booked a week in a nice rental property in Christchurch celebrating a special birthday and enjoying driving the new van.

We have our bikes on the towbar carrier – they ride very well and I discovered that disconnecting the tow electrics with the alarm set will set it off so I am going to make an extension to wrap around the bikes before plugging it in.

On Wednesday we visited Jason at Absolute Audio in Amesbury to have our Knewood ICE / Sat Nav fitted with upgrade speakers. The sound is spectacular and Jason’s service is great.

We made the most of the opportunities to cycle around the area with a ride to Sandbanks  for lunch one day and the other direction on the last day. Sue’s birthday we celebrated with a nice meal in a popular restaurant by Christchurch harbour followed by cocktails at the posh hotel next to our rented accomodation.

Our new VW T5.1

Got our new van today, a VW T5.1 Kombi. Really looking forward to using it and to having it converted.

Van Blanc

Although we still have our business van we be driving The VW as it is until the camper conversion is done in a couple of months.

For anyone interested the spec is 140 DSG (Automatic) T30 Highline with several extras such as Xenon lights, removable towbar, side airbags, leisure battery, electric mirrors and VW Thunder alloys.

In August it will be going to Kingfisher Campers to have a full camper van conversion done.