Apart from a couple of weeks in Paris and Brussels (which I will cover in another post) we’ve spent the last couple of months living in this ’93 Citroen campervan.

We cruised around Ireland to a couple of traditional music festivals in small towns, visited some friends, found the house where my wife’s Great-Grandparents lived before they moved to New Zealand and I met my Second cousin twice removed for the first time. On our second vanventure we headed to: the Scottish highlands; the Isle of Skye; where Ruth’s family lived in the 1700s; and toured a distillery

The main reason for our trip to Ireland was to play music – we’re both keen trad players and sitting in a pub drinking pints playing tunes is probably the best way to make the most of the Irish summer weather. As a result, most of my drawings are of some combination of music and pubs.

Drumshanbo Fiddlers
Fiddlers (and part of a piper who left immediately) on the main street of Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
Pepper's Bar
Pepper’s Bar, the main session venue at Fealkle Festival


The second festival was in a small town in County Clare called Feakle. Yes, you say it how you think you do. Despite the name, it’s lovely little town – we parked on the side street for the week.

Sunny day in Feakle

We did encouter a few of these barriers, mostly at the height of 7’0″ – frustrating when the van is 7’2″.

Barrier Arm

I managed to make time for many more drawings in Scotland, where the scenery is stunning, the weather cold and we weren’t trying to fit in as much music as humanly possible.

Inside the van – there’s even an oven in there!
Typical of the houses we saw.
Loch Earn. The best camping spot we found.
Before we spent this time in the UK and Ireland I didn’t really like tea with milk. I soon found out that this isn’t an option here.
I drew quite a few mountains. This is one of them

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