64. No snow at Christmas in Venosc for 3 years – what’s happening to the white gold?

Those small minded buffoons who deny that global warming is happening should speak to an old chap I met today in a cafe in Venosc. (When I say ‘old chap’ I mean he’s about my age, or just a bit younger.) He told me that as long he he could remember he has never been […]

63. A trip to the Alps in winter – lessons learned so far.

Setting off for the French Alps on Monday 2nd January I felt a bit apprehensive to say the least. As a rule I really felt that the Sick Bay was a warm weather vehicle. It’s always a pain when something goes wrong but if it’s nice and warm then it’s no more than a nuisance. […]

60. Hull – Rotterdam – Groningen. ChickenPoxDays.

Nobody could accuse my son John of being a stick-in-the-mud. His first career job was in Catalonia, he met his beautiful Colombian wife in Madrid, (or was it London), and he has recently moved to a new job in Groningen in the northern fringe of Holland. So Joy and I have never been short of […]

57. There’s more to owning a VW camper than owning a VW camper.

Before I bought the Sick Bay all those years ago I thought that people who owned old VWs did so because they were a cheap and reliable way to go away on holiday. The funny thing is that because the vans all looked so old and scruffy, I assumed that they had been owned by […]

56. Getting much use out of your campervan these days?

After the sustained months of excitement and activity of my daughter’s wedding at the end of August I was thinking life might ease up a bit afterwards. No chance! The following week was the wedding of a friend of a friend and I’d promised the Sick Bay to transport the bridesmaids. My friend Andy was […]

55. What has my daughter’s perfect day got to do with old Volkswagens?

Adele got married a couple of days ago. The months of planning, organising, cajoling, stressing and running around finally came together in a day that was so perfect and so happy that I wondered how on earth I was ever going to relate it all to a blog about old camper vans. Luckily for me […]

53. What’s so great about France in a campervan – and what’s not

So we’re back from our latest jaunt through France, we’ve unpacked, the Sick Bay’s tucked up in the garage and I’m getting used to sleeping in a bed again. Our last few holidays have been along familiar lines – ambling through France, a few days here, a few days there. (Chuck Berry’s ‘No Particular Place […]

43. The Tour de Yorkshire – a triumph in spite of technology, weather and Wiggo

What is it about cycling as a sport that you can thoroughly enjoy the event without the slightest interest in the outcome or appreciation of the skills involved or even understanding of the scoring process? Could you enjoy a football match unless you knew that the objective was to score a goal? And that the […]

41. Can you get a camper over Hardknott Pass?

At the beginning of the Hardknott Pass there is a sign saying it is ‘suitable for cars and light vehicles only’ ‘Unsuitable for all vehicles in winter conditions’. Apparently it is the ‘most outrageous road in Britain’ and Trip Advisor says just don’t go there in a car. I had set the sat nav for […]