Category: At Home

Things in and about my home

The Camp Bed Experiment: Part 2

The weekend away in the Baviaanskloof is less than two weeks away. I’m really excited, but Nadine is still very apprehensive.
Since my last experiment proved that my bed theory was severely lacking, I’ve thrown it out completely and started again.
My new theory is this: The bottom is a 120mm sponge mattress covered in a thick, heavy, woollen blanket. On top is a soft, fleece blanket first, and then another thick, heavy, woollen blanket over the top.

I tested the new configuration last night, and it’s wonderful. As expected, it’s warm and soft. It is less mobile because of the big and bulky mattress, but they provide enough softness and support for our hips. It is definitely warmer than the last configuration. Mainly because the sleeping bag is old and less effective now, but also because it has the thick, woollen blankets both below and above the humans.
One thing to consider is that I still tested it inside the house on the floor, and not outside in a tent. Although I did try to mitigate the difference by wearing only shorts and a t-shirt.

I’m happy with the camp bed as it stands now. Not forever, mind you, just for our Baviaans road trip later this month. In the future, when I’m not travelling with Nadine, I’ll use a better sleeping bag and revert to the 10mm mat.

Next item on the planning list is food…

The Hindrance Of The Stuck Half Shaft.

A while ago (read that as years ago) I was messing around on a sand track near Maitlands when I heard a bang. The awful sound of metal snapping is enough to send a chill down the hardest spine. I recently decided to take a look and see where the problem is.
Continue reading “The Hindrance Of The Stuck Half Shaft.”

Wonderfully Weird Weather

Just a minute or two ago I was moving some stuff around…as one does from time to time. I couldn’t help feeling that this time would be much better spent on the beach, or lazing around the pool. The sun is shining brightly, there’s a gentle breeze just taking the edge off. The sound of birds chirping in the trees and foghorns…wait, what? Continue reading “Wonderfully Weird Weather”

And So Begins 2011…

What fireworks SHOULD look like :-)

After one of the best holidays I’ve ever had, I have to say that 2011 has started with a bang. Well multiple bangs actually.
It’s only the tenth and I’ve already had a roller coaster year. Complete with facepalms, giggles, jaw drops and hearty laughter.

There are many scary, but exciting prospects for this year. I’m quite sure that as long as I take it day-by-day and don’t get to carried away it could be a ripper!!

PS. I opened my year with a surf on J’Bay’s main beach *thumbs up*