Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blogging from the Belly of the Beast

Poor Tilley was confined to the garage all winter, and sadly this spring as well. We have done a lot of travelling, but no where we could take her. This weekend we finally had a chance to let her freshen up. As soon as Pat moved her out and secured her in the driveway, I jumped in and got to work. I straightened and cleaned up inside.

I made a list of everything that had expired and that we needed to replace - like coffee and hot chocolate - I find they are more tasty when fresh. (and don't worry I never just toss out the old, we use at home for cooking or baking). I replaced our old travel mugs with four new ones we acquired during last weekend's travels.

Emily and Martin will appreciate that our wedding favours will be used in Tilley while enjoying the great outdoors.

I opened up all the windows and vents.  That alone made a huge difference in helping to freshen up the inside. What a difference a breeze makes. Then I cleaned all her windows.

Look at that shine!

Now I am relaxing and blogging about Tilley from a comfortable spot inside, enjoying the quiet, and knowing that we will soon have somewhere to go where we can enjoy and appreciate her homey and luxurious comforts!


Saturday, May 19, 2012


Sadly it has been a little quiet on the camping front.  I'm lucky I can enjoy the big blue room while walking to work and working in the garden, but it's camping I love best.  It is incredibly relaxing.  I do not look at a clock unless I absolutely have to, there is no set schedule, and all the fresh air gives me a lovely peaceful sleep.

I have been aching to take poor Tilley on a trip this year, but she is still waiting for that first outing of the season.  We've been at weddings, birthdays, conventions, and celebrations of every shape and size. This has left us with no free weekend for the great outdoors.  But as the weather has gotten warmer (and some days incredibly hot!) we have been constantly thinking about Tilley.  We continue to make plans for our next addition and we spend what time we can getting her spruced up for our "hopefully soon" outings.

For example, this past Mother's Day my lovely husband bought me some the form of a bath bomb and soap. The soap is fabulous and comes in a tin, which made me think about Tilley and how perfect it will be when cleaning up after playing in the big blue room.

At least it gives me a good reason to spend some time in Tilley organizing and looking for a place to put the soap.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring has Sprung

It is April 1st and that means it's almost camping season for us.  As the weather has gotten warmer and the snow has melted I have been dying to get Tilley out of the garage for a clean up and to figure out what to do next.  Money will be tighter this year as we're working on taking our girls to the UK in the fall, so any work on Tilley will have to involve little money and lots of creativity. 

Next year when we're not travelling out of the country, I hope we can get Tilley's exterior painted.  But for this year....hmmm... I'll have to get back to you.

Until then, here is the pillow from Ikea I want to purchase for Tilley.