Saturday, 27 February 2021

The Reality of Caravan Holidays

 It was a lovely sunny day yesterday doing Dad's shopping and it gives a feeling of hope that better things are around the corner. Dad has been able to get out in the front garden which has brightened him. Last year he moved a garden bench to the front path so he could have a rest after he has mowed the lawn and before he started the next job. It has led to a procession of "old people" resting on their way through while he is gardening and has given them all a place to have a little chat out in the fresh air. It is a proper little social club he has built up on his bench. I am slightly concerned word may spread and he may start getting street drinkers in the evening but knowing my Dad as long as they were willing to chat about his beloved Liverpool he would welcome them too!

All this nice weather is starting to think make us think we may be able to book a bit of time away in our caravan. We  have managed to find an original 1970s awning to go with our 1970s caravan, the only problem is it's missing poles. We need to find some replacements but of course all the caravan dealerships are closed at the moment. 

When it is sorted out this is hopefully how it will look. It will almost double our space while we are away. I imagine us sitting having our evening meal in it when it is not quite nice enough to eat outside.


Our awning is an Isabella awning and I have contacted the company who are still in existence. They have been so helpful but sadly don't make the poles for these awnings anymore. I have been searching through old brochures from the company to get ideas for the inside and they have made me laugh


It's strange but my memories of caravanning holidays at the time are of us in wellington boots in the middle of a muddy field. I suppose this photograph sold more awnings than the reality!


I do remember this kind of family feel though and I will definitely be trying to make some wonderful retro curtains like this for ours. However I think this next photo is probably the furthest from a family caravan holiday reality though.


Although it did give me an idea for a bit of authentic 1970s when we are away. Candles in wine bottles, maybe a bit dangerous for in the awning, but outside on a summer evening, perfect! What 1970s meal would have been complete without them. These brochures have certainly given me lots to think about but the reality of our caravan holidays when my sister and I were children was this photo, and we loved every minute!


I have a day in today with the exception of some dog walking. I don't want to waste this lovely weather with inside jobs but there always seems a lot to catch up with on both. No matter how hard I try I never seem to get the same amount of enthusiasm for housework as I do for gardening. I think because of that reason the garden will probably win through if the weather stays nice. I hope everyone has a lovely day what ever you are doing. xx

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  1. It certainly does lift our spirits to see the sun shining. I'm sure the caravan dealerships will be reopening very soon and I hope you source your replacement poles. It sounds good to be planning a break away, caravan holidays are great although sadly we have only stayed in the static ones on holiday parks. Your childhood caravan holidays must hold such fond memories for you.

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    1. It's strange of all the holidays we had I feel most nostalgic about our caravan ones.

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  2. Outside does call when the sun shines, we went out yesterday with nothing to do and was busy for an hour.

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  3. Good luck finding the replacement poles.

    I've been thinking about where I want to go once restrictions are lifted. Decisions, decisions ... definitely the coast but the actual destination is still undecided as yet. Where do you think you'll be heading to?

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    1. We think Sussex or Kent. Not too far from home this year.

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  4. I have never seen an awning like that before. We do have screen rooms that go on trailers, (caravans), over here but I've never seen one as fancy as yours. I really like it.
    The reality is never as Hollywood or advertisers tell us is it? Our vacations away camping were much like yours and I loved them all. As you know, we currently live in our 38 foot trailer while waiting to move cross-country to our new home we just purchased. We have been living here for 7 months and have loved every minute of it. I'm almost dreading having a big house to clean and sort through again. I like everything we need only being a few steps away, not one another level of the house! :-)
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. That is so interesting that you have enjoyed your smaller space. I often wonder as when we are in I love the compact feeling but just wanted the feel of a bit more outside space under cover.

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  5. I hope you can find the poles you need for your awning.
    I agree with you that it's hard to feel as enthusiastic about housework as it is about gardening!! I'm trying to get my house all in order so when I can be outside I will have less to do indoors. Hopefully it works out that way.

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    1. That's exactly why I want to declutter too. I always seem to be moving things out of the way. It is very time consuming.

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