New T-Shirt and Sticker Design

Not posted in far too long… going to have do a few updates for trips from last year.

However, happy new year and all that.

Got a little fed up being down with the man flu over Christmas and decided to update a couple of my T-Shirt designs.

Below is that latest version of my “Eat, Sleep, VW Camper” shirt which I’ve also done as stickers for a few people but it’s a bit of a b*gger to make… so likely to be a limited run only. (T-shirts much easier as the logos are larger)

Eat Sleep VW California

Also knocked up a few stickers for the Cali Club forum… a good bunch of guys. both their website stickers and stickers for the Cali’s on the Farm meet in May using my Cali graphic from above.

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Multivan Picnic

A walk around Pitsford this morning, Alexandra had her friend Georgia stop over last night.

Walking the dogs, throwing the frisbee and playing on the swings… Fantastic.

Stunning weather and the Multivan proves it’s the best picnic wagon there is….

Summer feels like it’s finally here.

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Hop yard Farm – Another Cali meet

First time out with both the Cali and the Multivan… Fantastic!

Small site, very limited facilities but a stunning location. Around 16 Cali’s turned up.
Lots of old friends and some new.
Fantastic walk along the river to the arms shop for fresh meat and more importantly field fresh asparagus… Amazing

Turned into a stunning weekend… Looked like the summer had truly started… How wrong could you be?!

Alexandra made some new friends and the age old simple pleasure of trying to persuade fish to nibble a string on a stick… Happy, happy memories.

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Jurassic Weekend with the Cali crowd

Long drive down to Golden Cap and Sea Town campsite on a Friday evening… But a stunning location right on the beach front.

Parked up and went off to find the troops in the pub that was only a couple of hundred yards away.

Locations don’t get much better than this. Good to catch up with old friends also.

Morning brought a sunny day and long walk up the hill next to the site. Incredible views and a stop off at a local farm that had turned gastro café

Evening brought food, drink and Alexandra teaching Irish Dancing… Followed by a late night fire on the beach. Absolutely stunning.

All finished far too soon… Look forward to catching up again soon.

What a team!!!!

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First of the Year – Leek

Despite being incredibly poorly with food poisoning decided we still needed to head off for the first trip of the year… There’s a tradition that’s started that says we have to get away before the end of February.

So it was off to Blackshaw Moore in Leek with Paul, Christine and the girls.

Helen arrived later in the evening and it was an early night to get away from the cold.

Saturday brought a better start… bright and clear and a wonderful view from the door of the van.

Breakfast in Leek

Once done an washed up, it was off to the potteries for some edumacational 😉 fun.

We’ve been to the Gladstone pottery museum before and like it lots… the kids like the messing about with clay and also sitting on the toilet display.

Alex put a bit of a spanner in the works… now that’s what I call a spanner!

Spanner at Gladstone Pottery

Back at the potters wheel…

All three girls loved it… Jessica in particular practicing her “death grip” on the pot. 😉

Back at camp, decide to have an early meal… so off to the pub.

Very early night… not feeling at all well.

Night time very cold, snow frost and hail. Now this is what campering in all about.

Sunday and a trip to the caverns… this time Poole Cavern. Nicely done and easy walking unlike some of the ones we did last year.

Poole Cavern

Inside Poole Cavern

Beans on toast for lunch, early head off home.

Great first weekend of the year…

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More VW California T-Shirts

Given the lack of VW California specific shirts… once again felt the need.

Came up with these and pretty happy with the results.

VW California Custom T-Shirt



Particularly like this one… A retro 60’s Coke feel… Simple but effective.

A few now out there with friends

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Flame and Thunder 2011

Another fantastic start to Flame and Thunder at Santapod…

Morning at the strip

Just the two vans this time with Foxy and Sharkey parked next to each other. This time away from the bonfire after the ash accidents of 2009 😉

Sharkey and Foxy… together again

Santapod is always an occasion but the thing I like about Flame and Thunder is that there is soooo much to do.
Alex insisted on having a ride in the Monster Truck… I was forced to go along. Helen stood in the cold taking pictures… best wife in the world 🙂

Monster Truck at Santapod

Special and back for the first time in a few years… Night time drag runs and most importantly… flaming burnouts… Fantastic.

Flaming burnout

And the jet powered Beetle… a firm favourite.

Jet Powered Beetle

All finished off with fireworks and a severe overdose of home made Sloe Gin.

Can’t wait for next year!

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After a long wiggle across country, following roads that aren’t even on the map we learnt an important lesson… when the campsite says don’t follow your SatNav… there’s probably a very good reason!

Anyway, arriving at Slapton sands we were stunned to see just how close it is to the fantastic beach and more importantly how many other VW’s were at the site.

Pitching up, we did all the important things first. Checked out the loos, found the play area and finally went off to the the local pub.

Two within 5 minutes walk… A nice simple pub grub type of place and also a stunning “gastro pub”. We opted for the latter and weren’t disappointed.

The weather wasn’t fantastic so we opted for a day out in Dartmouth… parking a nightmare, but ended up with a great spot right on the harbour side.

Since the weather was poor, we did the shopping and then hit the local museum. Alexandra doing the quiz and spending lots of time looking at all the little items in each room. Well worth doing.

Alexandra needless to say, ended up in the stocks.

Stocks at Dartmouth museum

Fish and chips purchased we headed back to the van, rolled the awning out across the pavement and ate our fish and chips as close to the sea as you could possibly want.

Proper seaside fish and chips

The night was stunning, clear skies and misty sea. The lighthouse lighting up the mist in a very mysterious manner.

Still and calm after a day of storms.

Moonlight from Slapton Sands

The final day had probably the best weather. Alexandra didn’t want to leave having made new friends, particularly Polly.

We headed for the beach and had a swim in the icy waters. Actually Alexandra’s first time off the UK coast.

Alexandra swiming off Slapton Sands

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Charmouth & Lyme Regis

One of our favourite campsites for a couple of nights… Charmouth C&CC site

Focussed on Lyme Regis and fossil hunting… Fantastic (Still need to get all the rock out of the back of the van)

This time we also spent more time in the village(town) itself and around the harbour area.

Climbing on the rocks at Lyme Regis

The litte marine aquarium on the harbour was spot on with Alex being let feed the fish by hand, hold a star fish and also hold the biggest lobster I’ve seen in a long while.

Starfish at Lyme Regis

Lobster at Lyme Regis

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Weston Super Mare

A day out close to the campsite… Weston is a seaside town of the old school.

First stop… Sand sculptures… Fantastic!

Sand Frogs at Weston

Can’t believe this is sand!!!!!

Sand Aztec

A visit to the Pier… just as it should be at the coast… reminds me of my childhood (Which Helen thinks I’ve started again 😉 )

Weston Super Mare Pier

Followed by the ever present Fish and Chips… I can’t recommend Winston’s Fish Bar highly enough… food is brilliant and the service is absolutely spot on. They take a real pride in their work.

The afternoon capped off with a visit to Carters Steam Fair, including the Penny Arcade which Alexandra loved and a very strange Victorian Side Show featuring the Electric Lady.

Definitely a day to remember.

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Bristol Balloon Fest…

Start of our “Southwest Fortnight” as we called it.

Drive down to Weston Super Mare C&CC site to use as a base for the Balloon Fiesta.

Weather not fantastic, but still lots of fun to be had.

Balloon Fiesta 2011

Alexandra proves once again she loves the fairground and forces me to go on rides that even I’m not sure about!!!The Big Wheel is a given… but I’m not sure about anything called “The Extreme!”

Balloon Fiesta - Big Wheel

Balloon Fiesta - Extreme

As per usual, cider was drunk… food was eaten and I fell asleep on the grass 😉

Then the heavens opened, the rain came down and we sheltered in the van until finally giving up and heading back to the campsite.

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VW California Custom T-Shirt

Ok then, now I’ve picked up the T-shirt bug after doing the Kerbside one and I can’t stop.

Had a play, sketched a T5, added a roof and a few bits and away with the vinyl cutter.

What can I say? A stunning result for 30 minutes work.


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CamperJam 2011

A stormy start to the weekend, but the weather came good in the end!!!

Headed up early in Foxy to Weston Park, but got stuck in traffic on the M6 for an hour and a half.

Helen arrived later, followed shortly after by Paul, Christine and girls… later Mullaney and family, always great to have along at a camper meet.

An evening with the ubiquitous washing machine brazier and everyone is happy.



Lots of wandering around the stands and vans on the Saturday, along with plenty of cider and food.


Like father, like son… in so many ways.


Camper chicks, enjoying the sunshine and the glow from the hubbies’ sunburn 😉


‘Twas then off to the fairground.

And the kids had a stunning time… I’m far too old for this now… 🙁



Not just the kids though… 😉


Finishing it all off with an ice cream… new best friend  🙂



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Modulite DRL’s – Lookin’ a little different

Got these DRL panels from germany and sent them off to Iain and iKustoms for colour matching.

As always stunning work from Iain.


A few painful moments taking off the old panels and even worse the centre grill. Taking this out makes sounds that should never come from a vehicle… very scary.


The next worrying bit is taking a saw to the bumper… a small amount of trimming to let the LED unit sit flush.



Run the cabling. Being a German unit, this is all plug and play, no wire cutting or joining. The unit plugs into the back of the nearside headlamp and take a feed by a really clever double fuse arrangement from the engine bay. VERY neat.

Cable run around the radiator grill and into the bumper aperatures with waterproof plugs on each light unit.


All finished and about an hour or so work… most difficult part was removing (& refitting) the grill.

Not seen this mod in the UK, a very neat installation and looks very OEM.


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Kerbside T-Shirt – A little fun

Had 15 minutes spare and after seeing Martin and crew win a few more awards thought it appropriate…

Put together a logo and got a couple of T-shirts made up. (I’d forgotten how easy this was 😉 )


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Big Bang 2011

A stunning weekend away with both Foxy and Sharky at SantaPod drag strip…

Despite the weather being a bit “on and off” had a cracking time, Big Bruv and  his mates made it a real weekend to remember.

For the past few shows, Alexandra had been hoping to get a “RetroWagen”… Saved up and finally got one this weekend. Everyone… well at least all the kids got a ride. Happy girl  🙂

With being almost knocked over by the wash from the Jet Beetle and washed away by the rain on Saturday night… what more could you ask for???!!!!

Around the Zanussi Campfire

Fireworks Over Big Bang 2011


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Stanford Hall 2011

Thanks to Martin Adams and the Kerbside Kustoms crew we got an invite to the Stanford Hall VW gathering again…

Took both Foxy and Sharkey and let them get a little company. First day out for Foxy since having his body work done… looking pretty good and I’d forgotten how much fun he is to drive.

Bacon and Sausage butties all round then the first of several walks around the massing VW’s.

Little Ruby came along and was once again an absolute dream in the vans. So much better behaved than at home.

The only way to cook

Bobs T4

Not all camper are VW’s

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California Weekend – Birchwood

A long drive down to the south coast and a lovely little site – Birchwood Park

First California weekend of the year.

It was good to meet up with the crew and see some of the new faces.

Settled in nicely with a great pitch next to Black Cliff despite arriving well after dark.

Nice relaxing weekend, taking it easy.

Took a day trip out to Lulworth Cove… only a few miles away. Couldn’t believe the heat and sunshine this early in the year. (Must remember the sun cream next time!!!)

Ruby running around on the beach but VERY unsure about this big moving water thing!!!

Pub lunch and brown shrimps. Life is good.

Rained during the evening but three awnings together created plently of room for everyone.

Sharkey at Birchwood

Lulworth Cove


The Awning Village

The Cali Crew

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Sacrewell Farm 2011

First real trip of year… desperate to get away before the end of February.

Sacrewell is an exhibiting farm with camping on site. Only a one night stop over and we were one of only two families camping.

Excellent watermill on site.

Ruby’s first night away in the van… What a star! Good as gold.

Stunning time wandering around the farm, Ruby getting much attention from the workers on site. It’s great to see a farm that allows (actually welcomes) dogs.

Alexandra on the tractor

Breakfast in the van

Ruby’s first night camping

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