Welcome to My Blog!

Whether you have come to catch up on our latest adventures, or have stumbled upon this blog, welcome! I hope you enjoy what you find, and please feel free to leave comments, ask questions and share you’re own stories with us!

This blog is written by Claire, with some input from Stu.


24 responses to “Hello!

  1. Hey guys, (from George and Jane in Burgundy, Central France)

    We have a delightful farm in a National Park in the mountains. We welcome old hippies (like myself!) to camp for free as long as you like. We had a couple stay 2 years, and eventually bought a cottage nearby!

    Take down the address…

    George Rumens
    La Source
    Villapourçon 58370

    It is in the backward and depopulated departement of Nievre; halfway between Dijon and Nevers.

    Telephone from UK 00333 8678 6550

    It is close to the old Celtic capital of Bibracte; a place of forested mountains and drinkable streams.

    to see Jane’s blog on her daily life here, Google ‘Jane Aston Painter’


    • Hello!

      Thank you, your place does sound delightful! We will be sure to give you a ring when we hit France (we’re currently in Holland, heading North). We’re both really interested in working on farms, and I’m sure could provide some helping hands too!

      I am enjoying reading both your blogs, quite interesting stuff!

      Look forward to our meeting,

      Claire x


  2. Hi both, were a bit older than you guys, but we are doing something similar in our converted town bus called Blubell, we are currently in Bulgaria. Have a fabulous trip, enjoy every minute of. Look forward to your updates


  3. Hey guys, we did the same thing as you! We lived in a Citroen Dispatch-planned to go for 6 months and it turned in to a 2 year trip round Europe! We busked our way around and found it quite profitable in some places, do either of you play music at all?

    Here’s a vid of just a day on the road:

    The little red van you see briefly is what we lived in. There’s a few other vids of ours on the same profile.

    We just got married and did a hitchhiking honeymoon with no planning at all-ended up in Scotland. A great taste of the good old days now we have roots!

    You’re gonna get to know each other well, that’s for sure! Totally stoked for you, you’ll never regret it and look back on it as an amazing time! When things go wrong remember they’re the bits that make the fun stories. Have fun


  4. Hi Claire,

    I work for the CaravanTimes and would love to do a story on you guys. If you’re happy to, I would be really grateful if you could send me some photos of your van.

    I hope to hear back from you.

    All the best,
    Hayley McCrystal


  5. Hi Claire. This is your great cousin(?) Gil. Your dad and I both went to Earls Colne Grammar and ‘Granny’ Berys just gave me your blog address. Good luck on your travels and have a great time.


  6. Hello, I first started travelling when I joined the merchant navy in 1965, a few years as a sailor, then a couple of years at college. I ended up driving a big truck all over Europe. After retiring, I bought a caravan and toured Europe, it all got a bit much, being that I’m now a pensioner. So now instead of recording my travels, I’ve started providing links to other peoples travels including yours. http://nokiapete.blogspot.co.uk/


    • Wow! Sounds like you’ve had some amazing adventures! Thank you for putting our blog on your site, much appreciated and I’m sure a brilliant way to relive all those times you were travelling. It is interesting to find people who have been doing this many years before! Thank you again! 🙂


  7. Hi both,
    Me and Lydia have practically an identical van to yours, called Popsicle!! I’m just insulating it now, then ply lining and carpeting , ready for furniture fit out.
    We are taking a month out to travel Europe also this year. We are really motivated by your wonderful lives and adventures. Hope to meet up with you both one day soon.
    Speak soon.


    • Excellent news! You’ll have a smashing time no doubt 🙂
      If you have a van like ours which actually slopes in at the top, we did half the walls with ply (covering the back of the cupboards and bed) and then used tongue and groove boards for the rest, as they bend and fit around the sides better and we didn’t loose any space. Maybe thats something to think about? It also looks very nice with proper wood effect, although some people think it looks like a sauna!
      If you’re ever in the Southwest maybe we could meet up. Always happy to meet like-minded people 🙂

      Happy travels!


      • Hi again,
        Thank you for the useful tips on the panneling, we are based in the southwest!! Spooky!! Lol.
        Yes a meet up would be great, my email is newstartforme71@gmail.com
        Say hi and we will send you photos of our van so far.
        Cheers again,
        Ken & Lydia.


  8. Hi Claire and Stuart,

    I hope you’re well. I’m getting in contact from a TV production company, currently developing a new holiday property programme. I’d love to speak to you about your van ! Do you have an email or phone number I could contact you on to explain in more detail? Thanks,



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