Pete has converted his work van into a micro camper van. We planned on touring the West Country in our tent but we saw some similar campers on Pintrest and thought it was a great idea for an overnight stay somewhere. We could have bought a kit ready done for about £500 but Pete said 'I'm not paying that!' so out came the tools. We reckon, including a new futon mattress, that it has cost about £100 all in, so quite a saving.
It actually gives us more room for camping gear too using the van, as my poor little car was packed to the rafters last year.
So we have now left for our holidays. The first site we stayed on was near Brighton and we had booked and paid for three nights. At first it had great potential; it had great reviews, was behind a country pub that served wonderful food (and it did, we tried it) and it looked so pretty and well maintained. Unfortunately it was also under a flight path for Heathrow/Gatwick and on a main road. For country bumpkins like us, that meant three nights of no sleep. Also the toilet and showers were not cleaned at all for the three nights, so we won't be going back :(
Now we have found a real gem of a campsite in Wiltshire. The toilets and showers are beautifully clean, there is no noise (not even from military planes). We have friends in the area and have managed to wangle ourselves an invite to a BBQ tomorrow afternoon which will be fun. Look at our views from the front of the tent.
And today the sun has come out, a real bonus! We do like a quiet life and are quite happy to do a bit of exploring and then back to the tent to BBQ a simple meal and enjoy just lazing around listening to the radio or reading. More about our trip to follow ......