Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby

The first of my holiday posts and this has to be devoted to our beautiful home on wheels - otherwise known as Ruby.


Isn't she beautiful?

FYI - Ruby is a VW RHD Bay Window Campervan and she was constructed in 1976. 

She's been carefully restored by the lovely couple who run Big Van Adventures and has got a new engine, a glossy coat of pillar box red paint and all mod-cons. (Although I chose to live freely for a week and chose not to use my hair straighteners!)

Ruby was amazingly cosy and we were quickly able to get into a morning and evening routine. Mr P took care of the breakfast and I made the evening meal. It was just like playing house!


Do you like the lanterns? Mr P found them in a pound shop on the first day when we were out buying some food. We put them up in the van every evening as it started to get dark. It helped to make it feel even more homely as we sat drinking hot chocolate and listening to the radio (usually Radio 2).

We both soon adapted into the laid back VW life. It's a great way to make friends on a campsite - everyone wants to talk to you and have a peek inside. There's also a brilliant unwritten rule that VW drivers must wave to each other as their vans pass each other on the road. It's so cheery but it does mean you soon want to wave at everyone!

We're definitely converts and can't wait to do it all again. We've even bought a copy of a Campervan magazine just to look at all the different vans and get an idea of what could be hired or maybe even bought in the future!

And if you want to hire a campervan in the Yorkshire I highly recommend Big Van Adventures as they provided such a lovely personal service. Helen was friendly and helpful in communications before we picked Ruby up and then when we collected the van from a village near Thirsk, she gave a comprehensive rundown of everything we needed to know. She was even so kind to take a call from us on the first evening when we weren't sure if we were switching the fridge on correctly. Doh!


I know you've seen this photo already but this post provides the perfect excuse to use it again. My favourite holiday picture.

Just Ruby and the road ahead = bliss!

15 comments:

  1. Ruby looks fab. So glad you had fun. we love pooling about in our camper. We are hoping to squeeze another trip in before xmas

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  2. I love your pictures; that does seem the absolute best way to travel!

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  3. My father owned a VW in the 70s T9,
    many good memories.
    Your Ruby is wonderful.
    Angela

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  4. That looks like so much fun! I've never traveled or stay in a VW campervan, but I can definitely see the appeal. x

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    1. Definitely worth trying. There's room for 2 little ones as well or maybe they'd like to stay in their own tent outside! x

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  5. Oh my gosh. I was all jealous of your beautiful campervan until I realised you'd hired it and therefore that's something I could do!!! I didn't even know you could do that {goes to google hiring camper vans}

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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    1. You definitely should give it a go. It's a lovely experience and was very easy to arrange. We booked it in January and it kept me going through the second half of my PGCE! x

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  6. I'm so jealous! I dream of roadtripping around Devon and Cornwall in a campervan one day. Did you have enough space inside? She looks beautiful!

    I love your blog, and I've nominated it for a Liebster award :) clicky

    xx

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    1. It's worth having a go and so easy to hire. Once we got used to all the nooks and crannies we had plenty of space. It's good to have a pop tent so that you can leave things that you don't want for the day at the campsite - we used that for chairs, the windbreak, grey water collector, etc. Next time though I'd definitely just pack my clothes in a plastic crate rather than a bag or case and then could also leave that in the tent as it would be dry. x

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  7. For me, the VW Bully is a myth.
    My father owned a VW T9 gray beautiful.
    Every time I go to England I meet so many and they are always beautiful.
    Ruby is a dream.
    Angela

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    1. Thanks Angela! They're beautiful things! x

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  8. Such fun. A house by the sea and a camper van are two of my fantasies. My brother has a small Caravan Club site on his farm and retired people stay for a month or so and return later in the summer. Some rent out their own house and spend the summer in their van, brilliant.

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    1. If only I could do that! It sounds like a fantastic long break! x

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  9. Looks like so much fun, I'd love to do this.

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