27 August 2011

introducing...

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So, here is our new home! This is 'Lewes' {we named it after the town near where we bought it} the 1978 VW Devon Camper.
It is THE biggest ever purchase for us, so a bit nerve-racking, but its so lovely to be in!
I know its not a very intelligent vehicle purchase, a modern one would be much more economical and reliable, but can you imagine us in a modern camper-van? I can't! I think the heart rules the head, hands down.
I took these pics just quickly when we stopped in a car park on the way back to london, so apologies they are not great. I was going to take some better ones today but was feeling a bit peaky so stayed in bed instead!
Inside is all original with the cooker/sink etc... but we are thinking to take them out carefully storing them, and giving it a bit of make-over inside. basically we love the original bits but we but we also want to make it a bit more 'us' without doing anything permanent. I have to learn how to do an oil change and basic maintenance which should be amusing - like Charlene out of Neighbours! {However I may be on the phone to my mechanic brothers every five minutes}.

Anyways, sorry the blog posts are still a bit erratic, but be prepared for MANY more posts about our van to come (sorry!).

By-the-way, this van is born in the same year as me, but it looks much better!

60 comments:

  1. Oh wow wow wow- how utterly incredible! You lucky ducks x

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  2. Oh man! I have a soft spot for these... there was a turquoise camper van just like this parked outside our building once and I kept taking photos of it and wanted to leave a note on the window saying I want to buy it... I love it and can't wait to see how you're pimping it up ;-)

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  3. Oh congrats on this wonderful new member of your household!!!
    Can't wait to be bombarded by all the amazing adventures you all gonna have together!
    xoxox

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  4. I'm so jealous I can't tell you!

    Looking forward to more posts and pics :)

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  5. Anonymous27.8.11

    Admiring your blog from New Zealand. Combie van is fab. Jane :)

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  6. Admiring your blog from New Zealand. Combie van is fab. Jane :)

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  7. Sooo want one - I am really envious. x

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  8. that is so sweet! congrats!

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  9. Cecelia27.8.11

    Now that looks like a blast! Only good news for The Bucket Tree as well!

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  10. What a delightful vehicle!! I miss England so (studied abroad there but currently live in the States) and am living vicariously through your jaunts and camping adventures in that beautiful UK landscape!

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  11. OMG! Amazing! And jealous. Look forward to seeing the Junkaholic pimp my ride!

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  12. Oh, it's perfect for you - congrats!

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  13. Wow! I would love to go travelling in one of these!

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  14. I always want a VW Devon Camper....one day one day. I have to have one.

    P.S, love your blog and like you:)

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  15. Oh how lovely! My parents owned vw campers when I was young and I'd love to own one now. I have a VW Beetle that I love but would love a camper to go off at weekends in. Looking forward to reading about your adventures. Lewes is a lovely name and is very close to where I live! Have fun! X

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  16. Perfect - You're going to have a lot of fun with this, I can tell!

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  17. Oh yes, very nice indeed and in green too. I'll be looking forward to following Lewes' make over. I bet when your out and about you'll get flashed by all your blog followers who spot you on your travels. x

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  18. My hubby would love it-we have a 68 VW Bus, an orange bug and a passat wagon-we love our VWs!

    ~Jody~

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  19. yours and nao's adventures are inspiring ours. we were looking for a vintage trailer and vw camper van too! wish us luck. you guys look great in the green camper.
    dylan's mom.

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  20. Ahhhh, I am e.n.v.i.o.u.s. I know how you feel, I really do. I bought a combie years ago and met my now husband as he too had a combie. Of course we were compeditive about whos was the best (mine). Alas, he crashed and totaled his and I regretably sold mine (though just in time as 1 week later it packed up completely on the new owners. I think it missed me.) We had sooo many amazing trips around Australia in them and I would never get any other type of camper. Enjoy, enjoy , enjoy!

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  21. fantastic! this is so you...i can't wait to see how you 'decorate' it!

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  22. Oh I love it !!! we are looking for one too in France !!! I can't wait to see others pics ^_^

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  23. You have no idea who I am, but I love reading your blog and I gain a great deal of inspiration from your goings on! I love to look at your pics, especially the ones of your camping weeks. The van is an inspired idea and I hope you have many happy adventures within its small four walls.

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  24. This is fabulous and such a lovely colour too. Can't wait to see more pics. happy camping!

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  25. Lucky you! We have a 1969 early bay campervan called Lexie and we love her so much. Every trip you take will be fun, even if it involves a traffic jam, I promise xxx

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  26. Wow, I am more than jealous right now! You two bought the bus I am craving for! Wow, wow, wow!

    Franziska

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  27. I am turning exactly that colour now!!!!!

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  28. beautiful! my compagnon loves these and I would like to buy him one, one day - preferably orange :)

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  29. Fantastic!!!! Hello fellow V-dubber, i have a beetle, two old polos and my other half has an old golf- we're dub fanatiques!! It's always an adventure when you drive them and there's so many fun festivals to go to! Congrats on the new addition!! :)

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  30. It is absolutely perfect! I LOVE that color!! Can't wait to hear more about it, and see what you do to it. It will be fabulous, I have no doubt.

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  31. ahhh! Your new home is so gorgeous! I can't wait to see your adventures in Lewes! I have a 22 year old mini, and I love love love her to bits, but she's a lot of hard work to keep going!

    I wanted to thank you for introducing me to Anorak! After seeing your new sleeping bags, I fell in love with the seagull print hand bag...and am being treated to it for my birthday from my loverly boyfriend!

    Still in love with your blog Artemis! Mwah xxx

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  32. I love it and so jealous. I so want one. When you mean Lewes, do you mean as in Lewes, East Sussex. Now that's a lovely town. Bills cafe is a real treat. wwwthebeachhutcook.com

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  33. I love it, especially the green color (my favorite). Congratulations, I agree, you gotta be in LOVE when you buy big purchases. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Well I live in Lewes so I think it is a most excellent name for a great Camper in which I hope ou have splendid times. All the best and love the blog as always.

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  35. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!! you see these all over california, I would like to have one! we might rent one on a road trip in the future.

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  36. Anonymous29.8.11

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  37. How much fun you will have! Amazing :) My first car was a 1974 VW Beetle in that exact colour.

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  38. Congratulations!!! Kombi's are timeless and always cool! My daughters boyfriend has one the same..same color,a 1977 model.He surfs so it's a great for carrying his boards around. A couple of years ago they drove it up to Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia... a full 2 days drive from here(we live on the coast down in Melbourne).The kombi didnt miss a beat!! He has laid a parquetry floor in it and fitted wooden cupboards..looks great!
    Will be looking forward to reading of your travels Artemis and Nao!:)

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  39. Oh brilliant!! Very exciting purchase :) My boyfriend used to have a beetle and did a lot of the maintainance himself thanks to this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keep-Volkswagen-Alive-Step-step/dp/1566913101 would definitely recomend it if you haven't got it already. Cars with soul :)

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  40. Oh wow!! I am extremely jealous! It is gorgeous and you are going to have some wonderful jaunts in it!
    Megxx

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  41. How exciting for you! Lewes looks very handsome. I've just literally settled down with a cuppa and my RSS after returning from a trip around Cornwall and Devon, where the whole time the husband and I were enthusing about the possibility of buying an old VW camper...I'm going to tell him that my favourite blogger buying one is a sign it's meant to be, and haul him off to look at the car pages.

    Looking forward to reading about even more lovely adventures!

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  42. I am the colour of your camper van with envy, it's lovely!! :-)

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  43. I have just found your blog and am in heaven..seriously good and inspiring work! Love the way you compose your photographs. Now following xx Ava

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  44. Just fppund you via Kitty Eden's blog

    Your Bay caught my eye! We have just come back from our first trip in our 1971 camper, which has taken a year to transform from a bus...

    It has been fantastic, the small people loved it.

    Like you, its been a serious spend, but its a keeper, and will be the source of lots of memories, I am sure!

    Love your blog.

    Lx

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  45. oh, you have to check out this retro caravan photoshoot, it's soo cute! http://foxslane.blogspot.com/2011/07/caravan-photo-shoot.html

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  46. you have no idea how bad I wanted to have this van. All my life. The color is perfect. What's the point in having a modern and perfect van with all the comforts? it doesn't feel like you are camping if you have all the things you have at home. This van is for free people.

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  47. wow...what a cool camper...nice colour too. I keep buying dorset cereal muesli in the hope of winning one:) Lisa

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  48. my dream car! congratulations.

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  49. I discovered your blog quite recently and love it so much. I was admiring your camping photos, which made me see the prospect of it with completely new eyes, breathtaking. And I love reading your beautiful writing. Hope you get better very soon!

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  50. This is my dream vehicle! I'm so glad you two snatched it up. I can't wait to see how it all comes together; you both do such nice work.

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  51. absolutely dreamy, i am quite jeal-y!

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  52. Oh! Every single summer we talk ourselves out of buying one of these right at the last minute. They're so lovely and you'll have great times in Lewes, I'm sure!

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  53. Oh wow, how beautiful! What a brilliant colour! And how very you! Am completely and utterly jealous x

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  54. If this is instead of buying a house..then what a wonderful new home you have! x

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  55. wow! how lucky you are!

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