It’s a cold damp morning in February and so miserable that even the birds don't want to sing! Dan and me are in the van trying to get to grips with the layout. We bought a dinky little wood burner about 10 years ago which we were going to put into our self build. It never happened. It’s been sitting in the shed gathering dust, but now its going to see the light of day. Trouble is it weighs a bloody ton so we can’t move it until absolutely necessary. Using a cardboard box we can visualise where the burner is going to go, for not only will it affect the interior layout but also where the solar panels and satellite dish will go on the roof. Dan has been taking out the existing skylights and filling them back in ready to be insulated, so the roof is pretty much prepared for all the gizmo's to go on the top.
Back to the inside and an extra bed. We found an excellent company based in Sheffield called JDS Metaltech who are making us a rock and roll bed. It will be seats by day (with seat belts) and a bed by night. I quite like the idea of having a day bed when were pitched up somewhere, with lots of cushions and throws on it. Its quite a narrow width so the super friendly chaps are making up a custom job for us.
My lovely dad is currently designing a logo for us. He's retired now but used to own and run a graphics company Alpha Graphics which started in my childhood home. It's still running and owned by the brilliant Peter Howells. I remember being surrounded by vinyl lettering and letraset packs, do you remember those? Before that dad had worked in London with a bunch of incredibly talented illustrators. Their office was above the Old Marquee Club in Oxford Street. As a child I would look out in awe at all the punks and goths lining up for gigs like The Buzzcocks and The Police. They were like exotic creatures, pea-cocking around with their multi-coloured hairstyles. I still love the whole punk era, music and fashion. Back in the now, my dad is the perfect person for the job. I've sketched some ideas because although I'm an artist this is not my forte. It will be interesting to see what he comes up with – I hope we like it!