Adventure Trailer

I recently picked up a Space Trailer and tricked it out with side rails, cross-bars, spare tire, and stabilizer jacks. I put some bike racks on it and the Yakima Skybox that I usually put on the car. Tons of space, rides nice, and no cross-bar noise on the roof of the car!

I wasn’t done, however. I was inspired to build a chuck box to go inside, with a propane grill, a 2-burner propane stove, a 20lb propane tank, lots of storage, and a pivoting cover that turns into a prep-counter! Altogether, a very sweet adventure trailer. You can throw a roof-top tent on it, or just clip some bug net around the open lid with a plush pad inside.

Hogwarts Trunk

And here is the project I’ve been working on- Lupin’s trunk. It had an old sticker on it with 1899 in the corner, maybe a travel date. Here are some “before” photos. It was made by Duluth Trunk Co. which opened in 1890.

Garden Show

This had lots of potential but the reality was, sadly, quite frustrating. It was insanely crowded. We arrived exhausted from the long, hot train ride, then battled the crowds to purchase sun hats and find our picnic basket. We recovered a bit after our riverside feast and decided to explore Hampton Court Palace rather than continue w the garden show. CJ and David enjoyed some educational talks and demos while we admired then Tudor kitchens and learned more about the dark history of the palace.

Jane

On a day trip from London to basingstoke, we visited the site of Jane’s childhood home in Stephenton, and on to Chawton, where she lived with her mother and sister on her brother’s Estate, plus lots of other Austen locations of interest.

The story continues

A fascinating look at how movies are made. I really enjoyed learning about costumes and props. It’s an unbelievably large and detailed process. Thousands of people worked on the movies. The sets look as if you could start filming anytime! It feels very surreal. I do wish they’d sell butter beer for a grownup palette. And no fire whiskey?! We put in over 7 miles of walking that day. And there weren’t any Hogsmeade sites.