Thursday, 27 June 2013


She may not be campable quite yet, but we've still been having some good times in the Pea Soup Campervan.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Snooping in Stonor Park

Progress on the van has been happening. Slowly, but surely.
And she made it all the way to Stonor park and back this weekend for the VW show.

I loved these doors.

Personally, this intentional shabby chic look is too contrived for me.
If it's going to be shabby, I like it to happen naturally.
But that is just my preference.

The rustier, the better for me!

Love it.

This was my favorite "pristine" bus.  GORGEOUS.

Daughter, he looks cute now, but believe me, it is the stuff of nightmares. 


Wednesday, 13 March 2013


How The Bus Got It's Name:
My daughter's favourite soup is GG's Pea and Ham Soup.  A recipe that has been passed down from my Grandma. 
And the colour is pretty similar to the bus.
I seem to remember my Granparents telling us that they had a VW bus at one point.  Was it even the same colour as ours?  I'm going to have to verify this story!
Recipe for GG's Pea Soup:
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp Olive oil
2 cups of split peas, yellow or green
8 cups water or stock
1 small bay leaf
1 cup cooked ham
2/3 cup diced carrots
1 medium diced, and peeled potato
1 clove garlic
salt, pepper
Worcestershire sauce

In a large soup pot, saute 1 cup diced onion on medium low in 2 tsp olive oil for 2 minutes.  Add 2 cups split peas, 8 cups water or stock (I use stock, usually veg), 1 small bay leaf.
Simmer for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally.
Remove Bay Leaf and using a whisk (I use electric soup blender thingy- hand held) blend to desired consistancy.
Add 1 cup diced, cooked ham, 2/3 cup carrots, 1 medium diced potato, 1 clove minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper.  Simmer 45 min until vegetables are tender.
Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and heavy cream. (Grandma doesn't use this, and I use a bit of milk) 
Serves 6-8
Unless you double everything up like I do so that there is enough for leftovers AND packed lunches.

(I always do my cooking with a bit of "whatever" attitude towards measuring and this has always turned out delicious.)

Thursday, 7 March 2013


Oh dear.  I thought I was ready for this...

I can bake bread with a recipe and usually many attempts.
I will say yes to camping a lot of the time regardless of how often I have been cooking. I don't get that one.
And I would happily live without furniture to go on a trip round Europe, but I have grown rather attached to the new dishwasher.
I can totally invite 13 people or more to dinner regardless of how many plates we have.  Been there, done that and had a great party. ( Admittedly rescued by take-aways, friends and family and resourceful hubby)
But the pet snake? No way Jose. Do I get points if I let the kids have pet snails one time even I am pretty scared of them?
Do you have the right kind of husband for it?
Can your husband bake his own bread?
Clean dog poo/sick/bogies/other nasties off of the kids or himself and not give you a detailed account of how he did it and what it was like?
Or visit the public toilets without giving a detailed description of the cleanliness factor upon his return?
Find something to talk about when the Wife insists that camping trips are no-techno zones?
Does he worry about the Bomb?
Let the neighbour's children and their dogs come along for the ride?
Will he say "yes" to a camping trip after 50 weeks of house renovations?
Will he say "yes" to a camping trip just because his wife is trying to procrastinate doing other jobs?
Let your son keep a pet tarantula in his bedroom?
Let the dog sleep on the Rock and Roll bed with you?  Oh and all the kids too?
Live another year without new gadgets/projects and make a trip to Scandinavia instead?
Let your wife give up her job and then home school the kids from the bus? With a smile?  And mean it?

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Campervan Music

Bored with the music on my laptop at work the other day, and currently very inspired to get PeaSoup finished - and so campers on my mind! - I decided to google for "Campervan Songs".

I was amazed to find how many there are - especially if you go on to Myspace.

The majority of them turned out to be really bad, or too hippy bus for my tastes, however there were a couple of that were pretty good and have stuck in my mind.

"Campervan Song" by James Morris  Campervan Song

And this one I particularly liked the video!

"Campervan Song" by Droptheeye

Think I'm going to keep searching and try and come up with a Campervan song CD ready for our first trip - sorry wifey!

If anyone knows of any good campervan related songs then please let me know!

There is also a video for the first one, but it has bad quality audio, and think I prefer it without the video!

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Handy Hubby's been pottering out in the van today...

He is modelling his National Geographic fleece that came free with our (cheap) subscription and a hand-painted mug made by my talented sister.