Wow - here I am, I've just created this blog, my first, ready to tell the story of Chantelle, our beautiful 1963 Bedford Marshall bus that is going to take us on some wonderful adventures. I'm going to write this for fun, for all those people whose eyes lit up when we told them about her, and for anyone else wanting to do the same thing, so we can share what we find out. And maybe because just because I'm so excited about the whole thing !

Thursday, June 29, 2006

End in sight

Or more precisely, the end of the begining. This will be the last weekend of working on Chantelle this summer, whats not done by Sunday night, wont get done this year. Just working out how to close everything down; I've offered the old cooker and fridge to anyone who wants them, and worked out where to dispose of all the rest of the building left-overs, mainly going on the wood pile for winter fires. We've got the magic gunge to clean the oil off the drive, and hopefully Chantelle will leave no footprint.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Fun at Twickeree

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Getting excited about the big trip

Well- its only 11 days till the first trip, so time to get organised with the comestibles. The beers are sorted, we need to take the odd nibble too. We'll be loading up this weekend, and packing a notebook, for the inevitable list of what we're forgotten. Its sort of a dry run for the big escape at the end of July

Sunday, June 25, 2006

We're through !

What a fantastic weekend ! Brilliant day of progress yesterday Chantelle yesterday - Boys have had a wonderful weekend at Twickeree, scouting on Marble Hill, Chantelle is safely delivered to Ace Caravans for the gas plumbing to be done, the England victory, and then the unbelievable, and highly entertaining Poland/Holland match. Bring on next weekend, we're all prepared !

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Up early today - this promises to be a wonderful weekend. OH shot off to his HGV driving lesson early this morning, while we headed off to Twickeree, the weekend scout camp on Marble Hill. Once the boys were settled in camp, I headed down by train - to be met at the station in Chantelle which was great fun !

We examined the work we did last weekend, and realised the sealing of the cupboard should be fairly straightforward by using a combination of duct tape and alimunium tape. Got stuck into this, and was quite pleased with the results. We also made a modification to fit the new cooker, which is a bit wider, deeper and shorter - so work all round ! The kitchen just looks lovely with the appliances in, just the shabby retro look I really wanted.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

We've won the group

Great night out in the Eel Pie in Church St, but devastated by last minute goal - but we've won the group !
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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Down Time

Today has been a bad day on the project - we've been fitting the fridge vents and building the fridge cupboard, and its hard work, and I'm not happy about making something airtight, when you're dealing with rusty metal, and nothing is square. Feel very despondant. Also, we've realised we not going to get to the end of the phase one plans by the time we go to Blissfields. If ever I felt like giving up its now.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Gas rack door

We bought a door to access the gas rack, and as soon as we saw it, and it just looked too plasticy, so we hummed and hahed, and decided the answer would be to cut a hole in the side, and make and make a door. We asked Dick, the welder who has helped already, and he and his son came over, and made it in a couple of hours. Looks great - and ties in with the fuel and water access doors.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Cut the kitchen to size

Saturday, June 03, 2006


Went to see Gas man - need to get new cooker.