Sunday, 27 September 2015

Meet the crew

Hi everyone,

So I've been fiddling with a movie maker this afternoon and thought I should introduce you to us crazy lot!! I got a little carried away, so it's a tad long as I just couldn't decide which photos to delete. We've had such awesome times together over the years...  
We are looking forward to making many many more memorable moments in our adventure which is just around the corner now.

But I hope you enjoy.

We had a fantastic weekend at the Stratford Overlanders Show, which I will write about throughout the week.

Have a great week 😊😊

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The last of the Daisy and Ditzy's tweaking

The boys were hard at work this week-end tweaking all sorts of things with the two vehicles. I say this because they both returned looking black and grubby and smelling of diesel, and of course demanding food..... lots of food!

The focus was mainly on Charles' Ditzy, so I'll go through the list of jobs very briefly (As you know, I'm no mechanic!!)
- made a shovel mount from scratch to mount on the rear ladder
- tidied up the auxiliary battery and switch board wiring
- added two outside lights; one for the rear door and one under the awning (I foresee us fighting a loosing battle with the midges and massive flying bugs at night. Lol)
- the horn button wasn't working so this was re-wired
- a bracket was made for the steering wheel to cancel the indicators
- more wiring done on the alternator
- they did a crankshaft rear main oil seal as it was leaking quite badly
- replaced the centre diff washers, a job that was missed the first time Rob rebuilt the transfer box (apparently this was a fun job as it was the first time doing anything like this)
- cut off the rear bumper and refitted it more securely
- Charles fitted a ladder extension and drilled some more holes to allow for better adjustment of the ladder on his Howling Moon roof tent
- welded the over centre catches on the solar panels as the clasp wasn't strong enough and opened itself up in the closed position so a small weld prevents this and now works perfectly
- waterproofed the awning on Robs Daisy

So overall a very busy week-end.
As I was asking Rob for the list, half way through I started thinking "What the hell have I got myself into!?" I don't understand half of it and the list keeps coming!
But it's nice to know all that's left to do on the vehicles is a overall service and a good clean!! We are pretty much there!!! YAY

Other than that we applied and paid for the carnet which is Daisy's passport. A total of £890 (OUCH!), that's almost as bad as my citizenship application! This passport will allow us to temporarily import the car into all the African country's (except Egypt). We will receive the carnet around the 16th of October, ready for us to drive away into the sunset!! :)

Enough about the cars; lets talk fun, camping, overland, food and drink!
So we will be heading to the Stratford Overland Show this week-end where we can swap stories and gain some last minute advice from like minded people. We hope to meet you there for a beer or two, so please pop by and say hello!!
We are very excited for this show and its nice to see the weather should play along! We love opportunities like this as we get to test the cars and of course we get to see our travel buddies, Cat and Charles. We don't get to see them much as we live in different counties.

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Almost there..

Well, it certainly has been a long time since our last post. So I'm taking upon myself to give a little update on our progress while we slowly come closer and closer to a possible leaving date. Wahooo...

We are all starting to feel rather frustrated and just cant wait for that faithful day when we can say, "Right, we are outta here!!" and to finally start our adventure from the UK, along the west coast of northern Africa, all the way down to Cape Town.

We have had some delays with regards to paperwork for Charles and myself and therefore have had to move our original leaving date. We started by saying we would hit the road on the 3rd of August; well the 3rd swiftly came and went. And then we thought we would try head off from the Overlanders show in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 27th of September. Well, I can say that that wont be happening, so we have a more realistic date of the 24th of October. This date should give us more than enough time to get our ducks in a row.
Our biggest delay is because Charles and Myself(South African citizens) applied for British citizenship in April this year, which has taken much longer than originally anticipated. We are both over the moon as Charles went through his ceremony process last week and received his certificate (MASSIVE MOMENT!!). It was a great day as we all went to watch this very important moment and celebrated late into the evening with far too many drinks all round.
It was then my turn to go through the motion and pledge my elegance to Queen Elizabeth the second. (ANOTHER MASSIVE MOMENT!!) So I can very happily and gratefully say we are both British citizens and therefore have applied for that little maroon travel bible. So if all goes well we should have our British passports in our hands within the next 2-3weeks.

Over the past couple of months Charles and Rob have been hard at work on the odd weekends working on the vehicles to get them up to scratch with pretty much refurbished engines. To my knowledge our vehicle is pretty much ready with Rob installing the last bit of kit this week... the clutch. A good feeling! and the car is looking top notch if I don't say so myself. Charles still needs a few bits and bobs which the boys will be working on this weekend.
Then I believe all that's needed is to order the long list of spares. I wont go through this as I'm the typical girly girl who knows nothing about car bits. Come back to me at the end of this trip and I may turn into a very good mechanic with Rob's guidance and of course being thrown in the deep end when he asks for help.. lol!!

In the past couple of months we have had all our vaccinations and are now totally up to date. We certainly have felt like pin cushions while they poke and prod us with all sorts of different jabs. This is the list for those who are interested:
Rabies 1, 2 and 3
Yellow fever
Hepititis A
Hepititis B 1, 2 and 3
240 malaria tablets each
We went on a very cool 1 day out door specific to our trip medical aid course which Cat very nicely and gratefully organised for us. Peter from the Oxford College of First Aid was the guy who came and conducted the course. He was great, with a wealth of knowledge and went through all sorts of things like what to do with broken bones, burns, stings, bites, accidents, shock, general first aid, etc... the lot! obviously all while knowing we may be miles and miles away from any help or hospitals.
He went through a list of medical equipment we should carry with us at all times. Cat once again went ahead and sorted this all out for us and spoke to someone from Apparently they were great and really helpful. Well done Cat!! Thank you...

But other than the knitty gritty stuff. We have had a great time camping where we can. Catching up with friends and family and just enjoying our last couple of months at home. Got to make the most life, even if it doesn't go to plan!! I keep reminding myself, that these delays will only mean that when that day comes where we will say goodbye to England, it will be an even greater moment than ever expected! Our adventure will happen... and its getting closer and closer to reality.
Can't wait!!!..... not that you can tell. lol!

I'm sure there is loads more I'm missing out on. So please bear with me. I'll post as I remember more bits and events.
Lots of love, Mandy

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