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YOLO the Eco Bus is Evolving

Hi All! I hope you're having a lovely Sunday

We are a little delicate as a result of a few too many cocktails last night. We felt we deserved a night out since we finished yet another bit of wall on the bus yesterday. Believe it or not, 8 pieces of wood took 5 hours to put in. The table and chairs had to come out (we are keeping the original coach set) and be moved so the wall could be built behind them and then they had to go back in. It looks gorgeous now!

Realistically, there aren't that many jobs left before we're done...

The floor needs to go down which will be really difficult because there are 2 massive trap doors which allow access to the engine and batteries, which obviously we still need to have access to. We are doing a wood floor so we need to figure out how to achieve this. Pain in the butt! But I know it will be worth it when it's done!

We need to put the new windows in too. We are keeping the original windows, but have built new window sills and will double glaze with plexi glass and a special film which will act as our tv screen with the micro projector.

We need to steam bend the archway for the doorway which leads to the kitchen and bedroom. Also, all the wooden cabinets and walls need trimming. Another time consuming, fiddly job that no one wants to do. Plus, the whole bus will need varnishing so that nothing gets damaged or water marks etc. That's the biggest problem with the whole thing being wooden panelled!

The final job we will do (at some point!) is to move the bathroom into the garage (behind the bedroom wall) and change that space into kitchen storage / 2 single bunks for guests. This isn't a priority job as we are quite ok with our bathroom facilities for now., but it will be more important if we ever decide to sell YOLO for whatever reason.

We are now leaning more towards homesteading, rather than travelling. We would like to buy a small plot of brown field and live on it. We would have a long-drop composting toilet, grow some herbs and veg and maybe raise some animals (chickens and goats are my preference). This would make us more self sufficient and totally off-grid, which I would love! The problem being, finding suitable land for the money we will be able to raise and the red-tape that may be involved, although we wouldn't be doing anything wrong.

We did start something quite exciting this weekend! Get ready for it...

We did our first RAIN WATER HARVEST! We put our old cool box and some plastic containers out while it rained and collected enough to fill my kitchen water container (20+l) plus enough to fill the toilet for the week and water the plants we've got. Not bad for free and sure as Hell beats carrying it back from town in 1.5l bottles like we've been doing for the past 6 months! Yay!!

This may not sound like much, but it's a big step for us! I think I really like the new direction we're looking at! It doesn't mean we won't travel, but it will most likely be in a smaller bus or motorhome and only for a few days, rather than for months at a time.

Well, there ya go. That's the YOLO update! Have a great weekend!

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