Saturday Snippets: 14.October.2017

Almost without fail, the week following Thanksgiving brings with it a drastic change in West Coast weather. By this, I mean, the rains come. And, without fail, we’ve gotten our rain this week! The wet mornings have felt quite cool, and the local mountains have had their first dusting of snow. I’m really hoping the sun still makes an appearance every few days, as many of the trees are still sporting their greens, and I love seeing the changing colours… when it’s dry! 🙂

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 14.October.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • How to make climbing volumes. I feel like I can see Jonty’s side business here!
  • The secrets to cycling bliss. I’m on board!
  • I just finished reading The Miniaturist (a great suggestion  from my mother-in-law) and After You (it was okay), and am on the hunt for my next read. I saw a link to this site – search for a book, time yourself reading a sample paragraph, then the website will estimate how long it should take you to read it in full! Perhaps I’ll have to try it with my next find.
  • If you’re looking for ways to cut your salt intake, without sacrificing flavour, here are a few good options. We regularly use all of them, except for the cheese. That is saved for our weekend treats 🙂
  • I made a turkey roulade for Thanksgiving, and stuffed it with a spicy, herbed dressing. I’m definitely going to try making it again, with a few tweaks. This stuffed pork tenderloin is adding to my inspiration!
  • Doesn’t this look like the perfect Autumn cake for a chilly, rainy weekend afternoon snack? Mmmm, apples…

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion:

This week, Jonty has been designing the sliding drawer for the kitchen (over the fridge), and it’s been a bit of a puzzle, trying to figure out how he’s going to make it all work. Lucky for him, he enjoys a good puzzle 🙂

He was able to CNC it yesterday, and we made sure the puzzle pieces all fit together. Today we’re gluing it, then some stain and we’re good to install it!

We’re both looking forward to having a functional drawer, as we’ll be able to start leaving utensils and other pieces in the van all the time. | Sprinter van conversion - making sliding drawers

In the background, we’re still on toilet-duty, slowly getting our ducks in a row. I think we’re making a bit of progress, so hopefully some update photos for you next week 🙂

Happy Weekend!

September Photo Challenge: TEXTURE Recap

September felt like a whirlwind month. The start of school (for some), and work (for others). After enjoying the dog days of summer, getting back into a daily routine seemed to ramp up quickly! September was my month of TEXTURE and I tried to spend the month looking into all the nooks and crannies of my everyday.

So here’s my TEXTURE recap for you.

The September Photo Challenge took me from …

… Climbing inside on textured plastic to climbing outside on the good stuff.

… Looking at the delicate texture of plants and flowers to the rough and gnarly texture of rocks and wood.

… Feeling the smooth, yet textured grip of a climbing rope to marvelling at the peeling bark of the Arbutus tree.

… Realizing how much metal we cross every day.

… Looking past the paint, to the texture of the buildings, themselves.

… Enjoying the ripples across ocean waves. | September 2017 monthly photo challenge - Texture recap | September 2017 monthly photo challenge - Texture recap | September 2017 monthly photo challenge - Texture recap | September 2017 monthly photo challenge - Texture recap | September 2017 monthly photo challenge - Texture recap | September 2017 monthly photo challenge - Texture recap

And just like that, we’re into October and a new challenge word! This month is all about MONOTONE and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

Saturday Snippets: 07.October.2017

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend! Do you have any plans? What’s your food menu looking like? The weather is supposed to be nice and sunny all weekend, and we’re looking forward to turkey (of some sort) and pie (apple-blackberry). We’re hoping to get another camping night in, so it’s my goal to bake at least some of our Thanksgiving dinner in the van. Crazy? Perhaps. But the thought of enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, while looking out over the ocean and enjoying a glass of wine doesn’t sound so bad 😉

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 07.October.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Let’s get this Potty Started!

  • Oh, you best believe I pulled out many of my greatest dance moves in the van, as we got our potty-building started 🙂
  • Our Separett toilet arrived last weekend! We went shopping for a new loo seat (the blue styrofoam one it came with was not worthy of a Moby build) and Jonty got busy making the box frame and loo-seat cut-out. | Sprinter van conversion - composting toilet installation | Sprinter van conversion - composting toilet installation

Front curtains:

  • I finished sewing the front window privacy curtains this week, and we’re pretty happy with the way they turned out! I decided to sew three separate panels (two side windows, one front), with the thought that there could be times when we don’t want (or need) to have the entire cab covered up.
  • We’ve installed simple hooks into the headliner, and the curtains hang over the windows via the hooks. They’re easy to put up quickly, and they make the front feel so cozy! | Sprinter van conversion - front privacy curtains | Sprinter van conversion - front privacy curtains | Sprinter van conversion - front privacy curtains

Storage cupboard:

  • It was always our plan to have a vertical storage closet in the van, to store jackets and bulky clothes, as well as drawers for additional storage below. The location and size have changed as the van has evolved, but now that we know where the toilet is going, it was a simple decision for where the closet would be – right beside it!
  • We’ve CNC’d and stained the cabinet wall, and the curtain rod is in! | Sprinter van conversion - closet storage

Fan covers:

  • A quick little project I fired off this week was making removable covers for the fans. During our first trip away, we definitely noticed the amount of draft that was coming in through the fan above the bed. We will always keep one fan open during the night (to minimize condensation), but with the nights cooling off, we thought it might be a good idea to be able to cover the one at the back. Also, the fan lets in quite a bit of light in the morning, so this cover will also block out any unwanted sunlight.
  • We used the same foam-backed vinyl as we wrapped the walls and ceiling with, and I sewed on a little pull-tab. So these covers press perfectly into the fan opening, and can easily be pulled out via the tab. Neat, hey?

Next up:

  • We’ll probably be starting on some drawers next, specifically the one above the fridge.
  • We’re also in the process of getting a second alternator purchased (the company needs to make sure their alternator will work with our Mastervolt charge controller), and also trying to figure out our shower set-up!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

October 2017 Monthly Word: MONOTONE

Well, September flew by with a blink of an eye! Maybe it’s the shorter month, maybe it was the great weather. Whatever the case, September was another great month. We were finally able to take the van out for overnight travels, and I think that’s been the major highlight of last month! And with that, My Month of Texture has come to an end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

October Month of MONOTONE

Well, this is another word I’m crossing off my “photo word list”. Like last month’s word, this is one I’ve wanted to try for quite awhile, but wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pull it off for a full month. I’ve always tried to use this personal monthly photography focus to challenge me to see the world in a different way, so there’s no time like the present! I’m thinking along the lines of Colour meets Minimalist. We’ll see how it goes!

So, I’ll be dedicating October to my month of MONOTONE. I would absolutely love to see what ideas you come up with, too, so if you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfMonotone and #MyMonthOfOctober. | October 2017 monthly photo challenge word - MONOTONE

Here’s to a month of MONOTONE!

Saturday Snippets: 29.September.2017

Whoa, last day of September? I’m not sure how I feel about time moving so quickly! We’ve had fantastic weather this month, and we managed to take Moby out for another night of camping this past week. This time, it was down a 4×4 logging road, to a lovely little climbing crag. It was fantastic!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 29.September.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

It’s felt like another busy week for van work, especially since we headed up north of Squamish on Tuesday night, to camp out at the base of a climbing crag.

What we’ve finished:

  • We’ve finally finished covering and installing the last of the van walls! I’m quite sure I’ve avoided taking pictures with camera angles that show views of the driver’s side wall, just because it was nothing but exposed insulation. Well, not anymore! Very exciting 🙂

  • Jonty also got the electrical panel box all organized and covered up. No more unsightly mass of seemingly tangled wires hanging everywhere! I love that the electrical conduit hides everything, and I also love that we now have a cover on top of the electrical panel (see the above picture). So we don’t have to worry about dropping anything down there, and we can also use the top as another little storage spot!

  • We wanted to get the front curtains all finished last weekend, but I only managed to get the front cab portion done (don’t mind the mess). The side window curtains are still in production. Hopefully they’ll be finished by next week’s snippet.

What’s next on the list:

  • We ordered our toilet, and it arrived yesterday! It’s the Privy 500, made by Separett. So it’s basically the “separating” portion of a composting toilet. We’ll be making our own toilet frame and running the necessary plumbing back down through the floor to our non-existent holding tank (there will be a tank at some point).
  • We’re going to start working on making shelving and cupboards right beside the electrical panel, as well as think about getting drawers made for under the galley. Now that we’ve spent a few nights in the van, it would definitely be nice to just be able to keep the essentials in there (like kitchen utensils) without having to worry about them rattling all over the place.

Pictures from the week of 29.September.2017:

We took a quick trip up to Squamish on Tuesday night, to make use of the great weather we’ve been having. The climbing crag we wanted to go to requires a 4×4 vehicle to get up an old logging road. Moby did wonderfully well! We parked on a little pull-out, with the river flowing on one side and the climbing wall on the other. It was a great little overnight getaway.

Happy Weekend!