Three months in: An update on van life

I’ve picked up a lot of extra work recently and taken on some great new clients, which means I have been writing my butt off the past couple of months.

Just sadly not for this blog.

And I do feel a genuine sadness when I haven’t had time to stop and write something for myself. I am always writing for other people, but as I get paid to do so it really does have to take priority in my brain.

So today I decide to take a quick 10 minutes for myself to share an update on what we’ve been up to since we left Scotland. Especially as yesterday officially marked three months of life on the road!

Plus I know my Nan and Grandad Wheatley have been checking up on the blog (hi nan and grandad!) and want to see what we’ve been up to. So shout out to all our family reading this, here’s what we’ve been up to so far…

Heading back down south

After we left Scotland (way back in May!) we drove back down south stopping at the Lake District and Peak District once again. We needed to get some work done on our van which was the perfect excuse to stop in at Wolverhampton and visit Danny’s side of the family.

We got to spend a few days visiting everyone which subsequently meant:

  • Far too much food – if you’ve never had battered chips from the Black Country then you really need to!
  • Far too much drink – complete with a beer festival and BBQ in Kidderminster
  • Some pretty intense Sunday omnibuses of The Bill – shout out to Nanny Tiff if you’re reading this!
  • A few repairs on the van
  • Cuddles with some insanely cute tiny humans (I think people call them babies)
  • …And once again being surrounded by dogs – just the way we like it!

A quick visit to Wales

Once we left Wolverhampton we headed on over to Wales to spend a few nights in our Nan and Grandad Blue’s caravan in Llandudno.

(In fact, at this point this blog post is feeling very much like a shout out to all our Grandparents so let’s complete the set – Hi Gran and Grandad Sainsbury!)

We stayed at the caravan for a few days and the most exciting part of all… we had access to an oven! You really do miss the little things when you live in a van.

This visit once again led to lots of eating and drinking, but this time we threw in some crabbing and numerous visits to the arcade on the promenade as well.

If you’ve not been to Wales we can safely recommend Llandudno, Conwy, Barmouth and a lovely little town called Betws-y-Coed. We did some lovely (albeit very challenging) hikes around the area and completed this with an overnight stop in the Brecon Beacons where we walked up the biggest mountain EVER.

OK, maybe I’m exaggerating. But it was a very big mountain, on a very rainy day.

Flying on down to Cornwall

We had planned to spend more time in Wales, eventually moving on to Devon and slowly making our way down to Cornwall.

But after we left Wales we stopped in Woolacombe, Devon with the intention of staying the night.

But the sun was shining. And the sea was glistening. And the surf shops were open. And the smell of wetsuits and surf wax was in the air.

So just like that we found ourselves back in the van and making a bee-line down to Perranporth, Cornwall.

Surfing, sunbathing and strolling

About three hours later we arrived in Perranporth late on Thursday night, just in time for one of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve seen in a while.

We had been planning to spend the summer in Cornwall any way and I guess we just couldn’t wait any longer.

And that is where we’re at right now!

So far we’ve been here five weeks and our day-to-day lives consist mainly of surfing (well, bodyboarding for me because I can’t stand up on a surfboard…), sunbathing or working from the beach, and strolling along the clifftops to other nearby coastal towns.

The van is holding up nicely, every now and then we add some new additions like a shelf (made from an old skateboard) or Danny’s surfboard which is now strapped to roof.

And as I write this we are currently dog sitting while Danny’s mum is away in Australia. So our van and hearts are pretty full right now.

We take walks to the beach every morning and evening, and the girls (the dogs) are absolutely loving their holiday. We are currently fighting the urge to get our own dog until we’ve done all the long haul travelling we want to do.

But that’s a story for another day.

For now we’re just loving our life in Cornwall and we have adjusted nicely to doing everything ‘drekly’.

Hopefully I’ll have some more in-depth content coming soon when I manage to get myself out from under my metaphorical pile of work.

Until then, you can always check out what we’re up to on Instagram – @larkinaround15

See you there! X