I had the pleasure of eating at Chingada’s in Walmer recently. Continue reading “Chingada’s Mexican Cantina”
My wife won a Google hamper a while back. Amongst the other cool things in the box was a shiny new Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. Continue reading “Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Dual”
In the most ambitious attempt to end World War II, Field Marshall Montgomery devised a combined air and ground assault on the Nazi-held Netherlands. The operation was called Market-Garden. Continue reading “A Bridge Too Far ~ Cornelius Ryan”
This weekend we finally took the plunge and went camping. Continue reading “So We Camped…”
When you drive a modern car you expect to have your say about where the air goes, right? Continue reading “Give Me Options”
Some good mates and I are planning a road trip in the middle of next year. We’re doing it largely with stuff we already have, but there are a few odds and ends that I’m short. Until today, that included a sleeping bag.
Today I got myself one. Continue reading “I Got A New Sleeping Bag Today.”
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…
We’re going camping, but we’re trying to do it without buying any new stuff. Last night I experimented with a bed configuration. Continue reading “The Camp Bed Experiment”
Now there’s a phrase I didn’t expect to utter. Continue reading “Thank You, Telkom.”
At the end of last year I decided to abandon my plans to restore my Series IIa Land Rover, but the universe had its own plans. Continue reading “Necessity Is…”