February is a busy old month for us. We both have birthdays, plus it’s also our wedding anniversary as well, and this year was our 25th – I’m lucky to be married to such an amazing lady! Not the normal sort of thing, but I managed to find a complete retro travel Scrabble game (from the year she was born) for Lornas birthday. It will make a fun game to take with us on our travels. 🙂
For my birthday I got some money and treated myself to a Jag Bag silk sleeping bag liner from Terrevista Trails– an essential bit of travel kit! Unfortunately, my old one got lost in the previous bus camper fire! Paul at Terravista Trials is a really nice guy to deal with and delivers great customer service, so highly recommended. I’m really looking forward to trying this out and reviewing it. Lorna is interested in testing it too, as she feels the cold more than me, so I might end up buying another one from Paul fairly soon!
They are handmade from 100% pure silk and hand-dyed by fairly paid, skilled, self-employed machinists in New Zealand. There are no appalling working conditions or slave labour wages, they are ethically produced items! 🙂
- Ideal for use in warm climates instead of sleeping bag or sheets
- Great to use in warm climates to keep cool and dry
- The silk liner will help protect you from biting insects
- Perfect in cold climates to use inside a sleeping bag to increase the warmth and protect the inside of your bag
- In budget hotels or hostels, use the bag liner in the bed to protect you from dodgy sheets
- The silk feels very luxurious on your skin and so it can help you relax and have a good night’s sleep
Really looking forward to testing this out in the near future in Germany at the Hessisch Oldendorf show, in fact, I’m tempted to try it out a bit earlier…
North Coast 500
Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to make this years event in Ninove, Belgium 🙁 so I’m quite tempted to do another trip to Scotland again soon. The idea of doing the North Coast 500 road trip has been on my mind for a while now. It would be great to do another road trip and explore some the rugged beauty of the Highlands of Scotland, plus Lorna quite fancies exploring some of the traditional crafts and textile industries in Scotland as it could be helpful for her MA at the Royal College of Art.
If I want to head up North to Scotland again, my plans for updating the interior needs to shift up a couple of gears! I’ve been pretty lazy, using the weather as an excuse for not cracking on with bits of the interior refurb that I can do. However small, some progress has however been made! I’m planning on designing and making my own Westfalia inspired, rear overhead locker for the back of the bus. Often called a ‘headbanger’ unit for reasons that I’m sure I’ll discover when waking up in the morning underneath it!
At least I have started doing the drawings to begin making a mock-up to trial fit in the bus. I just need to actually start making the CAD (Cardboard Aided Design) mock-up now! One bit that requires very little to complete, is this bargain aluminium storage container I found the other day in a second-hand shop. This will make an excellent storage unit in the back of the bus for keeping cooking kit in like my Trangia stove etc.
A quick scrub up and you’ll have a cool storage unit that doubles up as a portable stool to sit on, what’s not to like! 🙂