Sunday the 29th of October was my first night out in the wild. By out in the wild I mean not living in a conventional house.
The van build has gone pretty well for a first attempt and it’s turning into one of those “shoulda done it years ago things”. As far as what I’ve learnt so far is that there’s no real drawbacks. There’s some mild inconveniences, but nothing I would consider a drawback. I’m writing this parked up by the Omaha Boat Ramp in fact.
Last Saturday was a great day. I got back out in the water after a injury and moving stint! No solid fish but was a cracker of a day!
Sunday we awoke by the water and set about competing with each other
So far the van is warm, dry and has been more rewarding than I thought it would be. I’m going to be uploading some New Zealand specific videos on the campervan/ tiny home/ mobile living scene regarding showering, biodegradable soaps and chemicals, general living and a full van build (when it’s actually finished).
When it came to the layout of my van I took special consideration into where I lay, literally.
Things that were important was I wanted it to be comfortable (obviously), simple and a table to work from was a must. I feel the permanent bed option is better in terms of day to day hassle and storage options but the importance of having a good desk and working space was a top priority! Check the video below or all the layout info
I can tell you at the time of writing this that these have all proved pretty reasonable decisions as I’ve been living in it for over a week now!
When it comes to setting up the perfect van build for myself I had a few things that were important in mind.
One was for it be be warm and dry so obviously insulation was important.
I also wanted it to be fairly water resistant as my ute indicates that she will be seeing a few fair damp bodies in its time.
I also wanted to keep it as light and simple as I could.
First up, after scouring many many videos online the insulation was installed but I would prefer to do it another way next time. All is detailed in the video below
When it came to the floor I needed to retain as much headroom as possible with the build so keeping it thin, strong and water tight were the things that were the most important to me. As again it’s all detailed below
Overall she’s looking good and a lot further on that these videos suggest. At the time of typing this the moving day is 9 days away.
Stay tuned for the ongoing updates as I am covering it in a weekly build fashion.
What does a home mean to you? Is it a home or just a house? Maybe you’re only there to lay your head at night or maybe you spend all your time there, bored.
I’ve always loved the idea of a Campervan. Recently as I pulled up to a campsite in the rain, on the coldest weekend of the year I really wished I had one.
So here I am, it’s time. I’m chucking in this paying rent thing we do (well the bulk of it anyway), bought a van that I’m fitting out and I’m on the move. I don’t really have a plan, this is no Summer move or a two year thing, it’s just a move. It could be and probably is a business move as I want to build more so it’s much like the property market, just smaller. It’s also going to be my mobile office where I can edit, upload and produce all my content from while not being at my desk at home.
Check out the intro video here
As for vehicle specs, it’s a 1998 Fiat Ducato 2.5 turbo Diesel. Straight enough especially considering the year and has plenty of room. I’ve been waiting a few weeks to start advertising this as I didn’t want it to affect anything at my current residence which now that I’ve given my notice, it doesn’t matter.
As I delve deep into this life I will fill you in on the details and I’m documenting it all.
Golf is a love or hate sport. Millions of people around the world are in love with the game. Millions of people think “chasing a little white ball around is stupid”.
Little do those people know is that the balls come in more colours than just white ha.
I’ve spent a lot of time on Golf Courses over the years. Hours upon hours practicing, mowing greens in the dark, playing tournaments and generally loving the manicured, green environments they provide.
The sport of Golf here in New Zealand is popular but my feeling towards how clubs market themselves are a little out of date. Social media and online applications are king and golfers love to see their favourite courses from different angles. In fact I would rate golfers as some of the most enthusiastic about their chosen sport. Social media engagement tells me this.
Before I get into a few more details, check the video below.
What does this mean for clubs? It means advertising that works. It gives the golfers a taste of what they can play, the views and colours of the course, the warm up before the warm up. You can pitch content towards corporate groups as to why they should be playing your course. Excite the members about playing their course and attract new ones to it!
For tournament golfers and those wanting to analyze their swing, it means high speed swing capture to see if you’re putting the club where you should be (or shouldn’t).
For social groups it means professional video and photos for your own personal and social uses. Document your 4 day golfing trip anyone?
With video certainly painting a bright picture, still photography has it’s own place
Professional shots of professionals. Mike Hendry wedging into Omaha’s 13th.
Seasonal weather events are some of my favourite shots.
So there you have it, some examples of what I can do for you. I’m sure this blog post could go forever but if you’re interested about what I can do for you or your club then please email me email@example.com
What do we need to survive? Food, water and sleep. Yeap that’s about it.
What do we need to keep us happy and “sane”? Well that’s different for everyone. I myself need to go away, I need to get cold, I need to see things, I need to do the things I love to do. Without these things I don’t know what would happen.
Last weekend we went away with a beauty but cold forecast. To be honest I had kind of glossed over how cold it was forecast to be. Saturday we were greeted by a stiff Southerly breeze, skim exploration and some fun but disappointing diving
Sunday we woke with more than a little frost on the ground. This meant for a freezing night in the tent, my four blankets did their job but oh baby it was cold
This is what I love. Getting away, looking at stuff with no real commitments other that to go enjoy yourself and feed your soul. Plus those post dive showers are amazing!