Whoops! I bought an Oak Tree

I thought I was explaining myself

Measurements in inches!!

Steve and I have carefully calculated the quantity of wood needed for the ceiling supports, window sills and shelving. I even translated it all into inches for N. Norfolk!

Epic fail! Firstly, the wood yard work in mms. and cms. And Secondly, I was obviously speaking Azeri!

However, I LOVE it, every last little waney edge of it. Now I’ve got to find a plane and a circular saw. All in a day’s work.

Pheasants Fly Free

Ratty and Goldie leave the nest but come home each night for dinner.

Such cuteness! The two surviving chicks who saw off, car tyres, cold, trauma, an attacking sparrow hawk which ripped one chick from limb to limb and another who fancied her chances in the wild and escaped. Ratty, so called because of a deformed right wing and Goldie, so named because she is perfect ,have survived to be set free.

Mayflower Building Project

Timber from the Mayflower Building Project will be used to make the upstairs roof supports.

They were just laying in the grass. Enormous slices and chunks of aged oak. No longer needed for the renovation project, forgotten and resting. One-piece was drawn on with chalk and divided into the exact sizes I need for the ceiling knees. Decision made for me.

What is a waney edge?

Cut from the whole tree, instead of slicing the trunk edge into a straight rectangular plank, the edge of the tree remains and creates a rustic wavy edge.

Timb A Haul is a large site and as soon as you enter the smell of freshly cut wood is fresh in the air. Giants of trees lie drying in all weathers waiting to be turned into beautiful pieces of furniture. The pieces I have chosen are oak from Norfolk. The wood colour and grain with waney edges will make the bus feel warm, snug and elegant.

3D Upstairs Plans

Spacious and comfortable with space saving ideas.

A library, shelves full of my father’s books (this may be the first he is hearing of it) is at the top of the stairs. A desk area for crafts, painting or working!! a double sofa bed with storage the shower room and double bedroom.

At the far end, the bus will be a large double bedroom. There is enough space upstairs that we don’t need to cram in all the furniture and be constantly bumping into the bed or cabinets. The side windows will be small secondary glazed rectangles, allowing privacy and smugness. The large back window, which I broke last week will allow plenty of light and views over tree tops.

The upstairs shower area will also be wide enough that the shower curtain/door doesn’t stick to you every time you move. The toilet will be electric and although bought at great expense will require no water only, 12v electricity to power the solid matter desiccating fan!!

Comfortable seating area with overhead and wall shelving, and work tables for art and crafts. Other space saving ideas include a work table which pulls down to the horizontal. – This idea is stolen from a narrow boat back cabin idea. The sofa can be converted into a double bed.

3D Downstairs Plans

3D floor plans for the downstairs areas.

At the back of the bus will be a multi media relaxing cinema style area. Can you keep a secret? My bro likes watching home and away ;). The sofa can turn into a bed.

Downstairs is divided into three areas plus a bathroom extension. As you enter through the double doors there will be an area to change into slippers and discard bags etc. Coats and muddy/wet clothes will already have been put in the outside storage area. Walking through into the kitchen and dining area, the corridor view is broken by an offset floor to ceiling storage and oven cabinet. The dining area will utilise a set of four re-upholstered bus seats. A storage cabinet divides the T.V. area from the rest of the bus.

And then to the outside bathroom. All mod cons. The empty cupboard area will store plumbing and electrical equipment. As the project progress’ I will learn what that means. However, at the moment we will call them bits and bobs.

Ask me any questions. Let me know what you like and what you don’t like.

Coming soom the 3D upstairs plans…. Oohhh I can hardly wait

When the bus meets the sky

Or – Painting the top deck


Cleaning the top deck was quite difficult, even after hauling, water cloths, scourer and 3 different types of brush onto the the patio roof. The windows and their surrounds were growing mosses and lichen. Very pretty but not on my bus! At least not before everything is sealed, waterproofed and painted.

Fist top coat of paint

Remember the smell?

Riding a bus during the 70’s and 80’s for me, brings to mind the smell of old cigarette smoke, chatting and laughing from the front window seats above and eating sweets.

The spoils are firmly lodged in the front radiator grill, they need removing. After a couple of hours of poking with a screw driver the radiator is free from debris. Opal fruit, chewing gum, milky way and foxes glacier mint wrappers. Many tickets, a button and about 6 pieces of broken pencil were joined by hundreds of cigarette butts. This will be an artwork from the bus for the bus.