The Way Out West - A Blog about Pembrokeshire life, as written by an idiot

About Me

This blog is not written in the hope that anyone will find it interesting; it's a visual record of my life which I will be referring to it when I'm old and decrepit. I will not be swearing in my blogs in case my grandkids read it.

I am a graphic designer who lives in Pembrokeshire. I like living in Pembrokeshire because the landscape and culture allow me to do all the things I enjoy, surfing, biking, playing rugby, climbing and boozing with my mates.

I run a website design business in Pembrokeshire calledTP10 Website Design Pembrokeshire

For more info, please email me tim@tp10.co.uk

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Van built!

24 June 2014
It's taken a while but the van kit I bought from Amdro is now built and installed! I'm really happy with the results.

The kit from Amdro is really well made and is fairly easy to prepare and install.

Each part of the kit is available separately and comes as a flat-pack. The key part of the build is the floor it. It has pre-drilled holes in place ready for the furniture to be screwed into, so there is no guess work or need to drill yourself. Each piece of furniture (the bench, table, seat, cooker unit, sink unit) is screwed in separately. Its very easy to install and you can take everything out of the van in less than 10 minutes.

The plus points for this kit are:
  • Modular - easy to install and take out. A lot of the conversions I looked at are fixed in the back.
  • It sits 4 around a table - the van will be used primarily as a day van, so being able to sit down and eat in it (with my 2 year old) was a must.
  • Loads of storage - plenty of places to stuff wetsuits, duvets etc. You can also use the full length of the van floor as the front of the storage bench lifts up. I think you can get an 8ft surfboard inside.
  • The rear seat sits 3 with seat-belts. The seat-belts are fixed to the chassis not the seat itself. (I looked into 'rock n roll' beds, there is no legislation for their safety and they take up loads of room), meaning there is no...
  • Boot space! - You can easily fit 2 bikes in the boot (with front wheels off)
  • It's made in Wales with sustainable birch plywood.
  • Iwan, the guy in charge at Amdro is really helpful and supportive.
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Campervan conversion

09 June 2014
Im currently working on a conversion project for my campervan. Its a VW T5 which was formally a panelvan. I've had it carpeted on the inside and I've bought a kit from Amdro to fit to the inside. More photos soon! Not much to see in this photo sorry, but it will hopefully offer some contrast to the finished van!
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Bike restoration

15 April 2014
I finally finished the bike I was restoring (scroll down to see it before). I had to completely strip the frame down for it to be powder coated, then built it back up, cleaning and polishing every part. The hardest part was the bottom bracket and the nightmare 'cottered' crank. I'm pleased with the results and best of all its really good fun to ride. Click on image to view a larger version.
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BIG seas

11 February 2014

The silver lining to all this disruptive weather has been really good surf. The big storms have brought with them huge waves. This larger than normal swell has meant that many beaches which dont often have surf have been firing! Here is a video we made, we cant give the location away, but you could work it out with a map!...

Autumn

15 November 2013
I took a wander into the woods over the weekend. The obvious signs of Autumn are in the trees but the forest floor is also in transition with different fungi's starting to appear now that it is colder and wetter. Click on image to view a larger version.
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Style over speed

11 November 2013
I love bikes. Any bikes. Since I started road biking a few years ago I've been fortunate enough to borrow or be able to afford good carbon framed bikes. Modern frames are minimalist and designed to be aerodynamic and light. When I spotted this bike on eBay I was struck by how cool it looked. It was made was for someone not in a hurry, but someone who wanted to cycle in comfort and in style. My plan to is to renovate it completely and use it for cycling into Narberth when I need bread and milk. I'll add more photos once the renovation is complete.
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Italy 2013

14 October 2013
We had a great family holiday in Italy this summer. Its run by members of my family. See http://www.trulliresidence.com/ for more information. Click on image to view a larger version.
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Tough Mudder 2013

14 October 2013
A few of us took on the Tough Mudder event near Abergavenny recently. It was a great event, well organised and was tough enough to keep everyone interested! Here is a picture of our team just after coming out of a skip full of ice. Click on image to view a larger version.
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Marreg 2013

13 August 2013
We took on the 55 mile cross-country 'Marreg' trail again on the weekend. It's an epic 11 hour mountain bike ride over the Preseli Hills to Fishguard then down to Whitesands. The route goes over 9 of the most prominent 'peaks' in Pembrokeshire. Here is a video of the day (strong language!). Click on image to view a larger version.
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Long Course Weekend

15 July 2013
A few of us did the 70 mile long course weekend route over the weekend. It was a great event and the weather was spectacular, a great advert for Pembrokeshire. Here is a pic of us after we'd finished. Click on image to view a larger version.
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