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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Our Pick - 6 Top Vintage Vans January 2015

We thought it had been a while since we had done a post on our favourite vintage vans out there for sale at the moment. After scouring eBay, here are our top 6 - enjoy!

1. Austin J2
This is Dolly, a rare Paralanian camper van on eBay with starting bids of £9000. A cute and vintage looking van, she comes fully restored and ready to hit the road. Even has a loo!






A J7, our favourite type of van! This one is in rather a bad way but it sooo long. Originally a French school bus it was converted into a camper and is now for sale in this country. On eBay with bids currently at £1020, she'll need a lot of work to get her through a UK MOT.





This is a recent import from California and is on eBay for £4450. Not UK registered, it would need a bit of work to get her through a MOT but would make a unique and head turning catering or camper van. 






This is a 3.5t heavily built Czech van for sale on eBay for £3800. Regularly still used by the current owner, it does 38 mpg and comes with loads of spares as well as having had a new braking system fitted along with a winch. A large rear space makes this a very good option for either a camper of catering van for a reasonable price. 







I always think these little Estafettes look quite sweet. This 1972 one is on eBay for £3500, has a 1.3 litre engine and comes with UK registration and 12 months MOT. A great budget vintage van for any looking to go into catering but who wants a head turning van. 





This is a classic 1956 Peugeot van in its original paint. A spacious van ideal for catering or a camper, its on eBay for £10450 with an MOT. 

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Robertsbridge: Perch Hill Farm

Only open on selected days, Perch Hill is the garden run by gardener Sarah Raven whom you may have seen on various gardening related TV shows. Tucked away down a little lane near Robertsbridge quite near my mums, I am always scanning the website around Christmas time for shopping open days so I can visit the shop and have a cuppa in the greenhouse.

This photo was actually taken on a previous visit in the Summer
It was on one such open day in early November last year that myself and my mum came to visit. The farm does have garden and shopping open days throughout the year but I really like just coming in the Winter to browse the small shop with its Christmassey things and take a tea in the greenhouse. Winding our way along the lanes, a welcoming sign at the end of the lane invites us up the drive. Parking up, we first take a wander into the large barn housing a display of art and glassware - the reason for this particular open day. We then headed over to the shop for our annual browse of the Christmas themed goodies and general kitchen and garden related items.


Although only a tiny shop, the presentation and layout is done so well that you can take away some great ideas of how to display various jars or vases in a crafty way. On the other side of the shop is the huge greenhouse which houses some massive tables where you can take a light snack and cuppa. I love all the matching green metal chairs and even on a chilly day, there are some industrial type patio heaters to keep the chill off making it super cosy.


A small counter stacked with bright Emma Bridgewater mugs and some mouth watering looking cake sits amoungst the green foliage and flowers. The cake on offer on this particular visit was a substantial looking chocolate cake and a lovely looking lemon drizzle. Ordering and paying, we took our refreshments to one of the large tables to enjoy.


The generous slab of cake, as usual, was really delicious and washed down nicely with a cup of tea. Although not a tearooms or cafe, it is a great spot to come to when open for a wander and a sit down. The atmosphere is very relaxing and all the ladies that run this place are extremely friendly and welcoming.


Even though it's only open on select days, it was fairly quiet on our visit with a handful of other people doing the same as us. We stayed for a good hour, made a few Christmas themed purchases from the shop then headed off.

The Verdict?
I would definitely recommend this as a place to pop into on an open day for the chilled out shopping and lovely setting in which to have a cup of something hot with cake or even a light lunch. Check out the website here for up coming open days.