The Golden Bin

This week I discovered what gazumping is and why one must fear it. We have, you see, embarked on the slow and arduous process of getting a foot onto the very lowest rung of the property ladder. The offer I mentioned on Sunday was accepted, and we have begun the...

Jabberwocky HQ

We have spent the last few days in the throws of one of life's most celebrated torments: Househunting. A process that makes a roller-coaster of emotions look like a carousel of indifference. It started when we found Westlea Road. The house spoke to us, we loved it, it...

It’s ALIVE

The glow plugs were indeed not working properly and the battery was, indeed, dead. The mechanics of Leamington (including the much hailed "returning tomorrow" of the previous post) had fought and fallen before the Beast, at times (I can only assume), cowering in fear...

Moodbanking

I don't believe in luck. I prefer to savour the good times, and bank them in the ISA of good feelings for a rainy day. Lately there have been a fair few rainy days, and they have been making regular withdrawals, but I'm still determined to save. DEBIT: The van has...

Garlic Supernova

Take a box of baby tomatoes, give them to Barny and let him chef at them for a few hours in a low oven. The resulting slow roasted garlic tomatoes are a thing of such exquisite beauty that for a brief eating spree you forget that you don't even like tomatoes, twisted...

Food for thoughts

A recent survey has shown brownie, cooked to Barny's Mum's recipe and served in a styrofoam cup, to be the worlds most successful snack from a van. I know this because last night we had a bunch of friends round, installed Barny in the kitchen and becooked them. The...

Curiosity Killed the Radio Star

It's official, I am now a managing director of a company that will one day be very sucessful, will probably rescue puppies from burning buildings and is almost certainly carbon neutral. I was under the impression that setting up a company was complicated, but the...

Van Fail

As the title suggests, we are having a few tiny hiccups in relation to the van. Before I begin I would like to say, in its defence, that it was proper cold this morning. MOT day, the day of reckoning when we finally discover how much the beast will cost us. This is...

Of cleaning and counting

Once more into the fray we dive, to be bemused and delighted by our newest acquisition. Once more do we throw open the doors and delight at what lies beyond. Nuf said. We devoted an entire day to the cleaning and cataloguing of all that is giant and yellow. It turns...

The Voyage into 4th Gear.

It has been, shall we say, something of a journey already. I'm not talking about the jazz-hands, don't-stop-believing kind of journey either. I'm talking about the long hard this-will-get-funny-soon-it's-so-ridiculous kind. Allow your mind to drift back to Sunday. It...

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