Van number 2

The Blue van

Sadly our lovely Vintage VW campervan was always breaking down, we did have the engine rebuilt twice, and parts were often hard to obtain due to its age and the fact that it had a rare engine size with an automatic transmission.

We also found it quite small and cramped for 2 adults and 2 children but we absolutely loved camping and went away just about every school holiday. So we bought a newer slightly larger VW with a high top roof.

Our friends and camping comrades said it was like a blue ice cream van. What do you think?

Grandad, Jamie and myself outside the blue van somewhere high up on the Yorkshire Moors. I think Nanny was hiding inside as she thought it too cold to venture outside.

By now we took away lots of camping paraphernalia and to our friends I became known as “the gadget queen”. I was always on the lookout for that certain something to enhance our camping experience.

Our very first visit to our favourite site at Les Haras in Palau Del Vidre near Perpignan in the south of France.
What a deluge that day….but it didn’t put us off!

With a brand new awning and a slightly larger van we could pack so much more in! Like a frame, free standing hammock, round dining table, lounger chairs as well as more upright ones for dining, a table top freezer, 4 bikes and lots more! We even carted round a geranium plant….to keep the mozzies and flies at bay.

Gary, Laura and Jamie…….somewhere in France.

At first Laura and Jamie slept up top in the double bed in the roof, but that was rather small and as they outgrew it we soon started taking a small pup tent for them to sleep in. The main double bed in the body of the van was large and luxurious and Gary was well known to our friends for “luxuriating in the Van” with demands for cups of tea!

Jamie having a late morning snuggle whilst his Dad “luxuriated” with a morning cuppa.

However the purchase of the Blue Van did not mean an end to our van breakdown adventures………

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