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Monday, 27 December 2010

Full English

Once in UK I had the craving for a traditional full english fry up Breakfast.
What I got in the end was a plate full of crap that looked like Ham, Eggs, Beans and Hash browns.
Anyways, I made it to Wales without a hitch.
On arrival my neighbor Kevin informed me that on that particular morning the water supply froze. No water in the house.
It came back 2 days later with no help of the Welsh Waterboard. Even so we called hundreds of times, they didn't bother.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Ferry to UK

I booked the Night Ferry Hoek van Holland to Harwich for the 26th.
At least so I thought. I actually booked for the 27th but went down there on the 26th :-)
Thankfully they had room so I could board ship and set of to UK.

Friday, 24 December 2010


Plan was to spend Christmas and New Year in Wales and slowly pack the Van to bring my Furniture to Switzerland.
I set of on the 23rd from Switzerland to Luxembourg after work to spend the night in a Hotel and catch the Ferry in Dunkirk on the 24th. at 2pm.
While having Dinner the news came in that a blizzard had hit Belgium and the Mototrway I had to take was impassable, but should re open in the morning.
I decided to get up early next morning to have maximum time to make the 400Km to Dunkirk.
At around noon I still had 300Km to go and there was no way I would make it.
I called my brother to arrange spending Christmas with him and Sylvia.
It took my till 9pm to go to Bissendorf by Osnabrueck. 12 hours for 450Km.

The motorways were all covered with sheet ice

Saturday, 11 December 2010

KTM Toast

had my first Toast made with my novelty KTM Toaster I bought on Nikolaus Day

you can een see the KTM on the toast if you really concentrate ;-)

Oh, you also can not burn the toast if you put the settings right

Saturday, 04 December 2010

KTM Santa Claus Day

went to KTM Roehler in Pforzheim / Germany to visit Elke on the KTM Nikolaustag

and her delicious handmade KTM Chocolate

On the way back I made a quick visit at the Nikolaus Rally near Karlsruhe to say hello to Carlo, Luigi, Micha, Marcel and Ralf from the Reiseenduro Forum

Monday, 29 November 2010

My new Flat

found a 1 Bedroom Flat in Daellikon / Switzerland. Just 2Km from the Studer offices and in the same house as KTM Moto Huber

Monday, 15 November 2010

First Snow in Switzerland

had the first snow today. And no traffic chaos!

Monday, 01 November 2010

Welcome to Switzerland

started my new job at Studer Professional Audio GmbH today

I'm quite proud to got the job.

View from the balcony of my temp apartment

Monday, 26 September 2010

Adventure Meeting in Niedersolbach

spend the weekend in Niedersolbach on the Adventure Travel Meeting

wasn't the driest of meetings. The Fireplace was roaring the whole time to dry the attendees clothes

The Rally had a camp streek that weekend and started throwing cotton balls out of the exhaust

there is no damping left in it and wow is she loud!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Week Vacation in Germany

Will drive the Van over to my brothers visiting a few Friends along the way. So had to pack the bike in the Van.

As I knew it would be tight with the roof lining I build a little strap to pull the fork together to lower the front

put the ramp up ...

it scraped a bit on the door frame but fits like a glove once it's inside

yeah, I know why I wanted a long wheelbase VW T4

Wednesday, 01 September 2010

Interview in Switzerland

flew down to Zurich to have an Interview for a new job in Switzerland

The Alps. They outweigh the Welsh Mountains, which I will certainly miss.

btw. I got the Job. I will move soon.........

Saturday, 28 August 2010

KTM Test Ride

Finally the weather promised to stay dry, so took the chance to ride the bike before the MOT day

Saturday, 7 August 2010

KTM Service

With the workshop sorted, the Adventure Meeting coming up and MOT appointment made,
it was time to give the Rally a spot of TLC.

I had to sort last years MOT remark, the sprocket carrier bearing, also a good time to change the chain and tire

Next to the usual service like oilchange and valve clearance the electrics needed tidiyng up

and the speedo needed a new magnet and sensor

Thursday, 22 July 2010


Slowly but surely getting there

Friday, 16 July 2010

Not much but a bed for the squatter...

Mostly sorted

Finally space to do the bike(s)

Temporary Guest Room and Garage

Not much but a bed for the squatter...

Mostly sorted

Finally space to do the bike(s)

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

New Roof for the Garage

Old Roof  off

New Sheets

Dirty Job to get the old stuff off

paint the 50+ year old beams with wood preservative

On with the new sheets and sort out the now watertight workshop

and right on cue a nice thunderstorm to test the roof, it is watertight ;-)

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Painted the Bathroom

the blue paint made the bathroom look small and gritty

just temporary untill it will be renovated ...

but still better than before

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Got the VW T4 fixed

After a few weeks of hunting parts I went to Essex to have it fixed
The full Story here

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Added the UK Coastal Tour from June 2008

Here you click:
UK Costal Tour 2008

Friday, 13 November 2009


People always ask me why I've moved to Wales
Just look: http://www.stefanhappe.co.uk/House/Blaencwm.jpg

New Doors

fitted new door to Bedroom No #2

Website Update

Finally finished the story of my Horrortrip to Switzerland in 2004
See here: Horrortrip

Friday, 23 October 2009

Update 23.10.2009

I wasn't lazy. Reason why no updates were posted is that Blogger.com seems to be constipated.
I couldn't upload pictures.

Anyways, working now.

I have been down to Germany on the first weekend in October to attend the Adventure Enduro Traveler Meeting.

Pictures are here:

Also finally finished the floor in the lounge and even so the skirting boards are not on, moved in :-)
Knowing me I can say the skirting boards will probably never fitted ......
Here some impressions.

still a bit empty, will fill the gaps now and post mor pics

Monday, 31 August 2009

House Update

Time to put down the new floor

Doesn't look to bad, me thinket

Sunday, 23 August 2009

finished the electrics

The Tank and Carbs are drained at the moment so had to hook up a car battery to test the lights
Low Beam works

High Beam works

LED Taillights work



Saturday, 22 August 2009

Moped needs attention

The time for the anual Adventure - Travelers Meeting in Germany is coming up soon.
So have to prep the bike for the tour and MOT.

go to: http://www.stefanhappe.co.uk/Bike/blog/220809blog.htm for all pictures


Sunday, 16 August 2009

Wasn't as lazy as it looked like ....

Primed, painted and wallpapered all walls, primed and painted the ceilings Somehow I ended up with this one typical color to paint the radiators and skirting boards
Window sill needs a new board and guess which color it will be ;-)

All left to do is cleaning up the paint job and priming the second door

Once that is done I can start to put down the floor.
The Doors are primed but need to be cut to accomodate the new laminate floor

And last job will be to gloss them and fit the new handles

Monday, 6 July 2009

I'm quite proud of myself

I really managed to re-skimm the whole lounge this weekend

It now can dry till next weekend.

Next step decorating ....

Saturday, 4 July 2009

New Lawn is coming out nicely

On we go with the plastering inside


Saturday, 6 June 2009

Got the new lawn layed. Also put some acrylic sheets in the windows.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Took the chance and gave the garden walls and shed a quick lick of paint before they put down the turf

Also mocked up a simple wood frame for the windows. Need to get acrylic sheets now.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

finally got me a*se up

After month of being extremely lazy, I finally managed to get a few things done.
I managed to get the back yard changed from this

into this:

next step will be re turfing, white wash the garage and yard walls.
Waiting for quotes on turf now.

Also managed to finish boarding the ceiling downstairs and prepare for skimming

Will be my first ceiling. I'm a bit excited and tense at the same time


Sunday, 17 May 2009

Swamp's new blog

Just thought I might give it a try.
We will se what happens


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Name: SWAMP-Racing
Location: Treherbert, Rhondda Cynon Taff, UKistan
Daellikon, Switzerland