Friday I’m in love… with caravans

2 Sep

Since we came back from minimoon,
I’ve developed a bit of a crush on caravans.

Just after we got back, I opened up the Cath Kidston
magazine to discover an article on buying caravans.

It seemed like a sign.

(Despite the fact it was also the same weekend
as some tossbag trashed our car. Ahem.)

The problem is… we live in a flat.

In the middle of Edinburgh.

Not ideal for keeping a caravan I know
but sometimes it’s nice to dream about these
things without worrying about the logistics.

Anyway, I was pondering what
it is I like so much about caravans…

And I came up with two reasons. (Well, three really.)

1. Very happy childhood memories of caravaning
with my Nana, my Papa, my cousins, my cat.
Fuzzy felt, listening to the rain on the roof
and drinking sweet tea with nettle stings on my knees.

2. And this one came from the same Cath Kidston mag…
“a caravan is another room to enjoy doing up,
without moving house”. Well, if that doesn’t
just sound like something I would say!

3. As well as my very happy childhood memories,
a caravan is now where I have been
at my happiest as an adult too.

In my Dad’s wedding speech, he wrote a sonnet
(yes he made people cry with his speech!)
that ended with the words
“It sounds like rain on a caravan roof.”

And then he spoke about how my Nana
would have loved that we were starting
our married life in a caravan.

Not only because she loved caravans but
“because it’s also a perfect metaphor for a long successful married life.
She would have agreed it’s about joy and disappointment shared,
up close. That’s a real test of any relationship
but the key thing to remember is, come rain or shine,
all you need is those you love and those who love you back.”

(I said he made people cry.)

So this Friday, I’m truly utterly, smitten
with the idea of us having a little caravan
of our own… and you know one day
we might even make it a reality.


Happy Friday everyone xx
Hope you all have lovely weekends.

*****

P.S. That little yellow caravan?
It has the most stylish interior
I’ve ever seen for a caravan!

*****

1. and 3. via snailtrail (via guardian)
2, 5 and 6 scanned from cath kidston mag
4. caravanolic (via pinterest)
7. and 8. enjoycupcakes (via urbanfarmgirlandco)

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17 Responses to “Friday I’m in love… with caravans”

  1. Lynne 02/09/2011 at 10:50 AM #

    Love it. I’ve been thinking of getting a caravan too – hopefully in the next 10 years. Have a lovely weekend Zoe. x

  2. Esme 02/09/2011 at 10:54 AM #

    That sounds like the world’s best Father of the Bride speech – lucky you! Wishing you a weekend full of caravan love x

  3. Siobhan 02/09/2011 at 11:10 AM #

    Oh that sounds like a lovely speech. And those caravans are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kirsteen 02/09/2011 at 11:58 AM #

    Wow you aren’t kidding about the little yellow one! Gorgeous!

    Have a fab weekend x

  5. Kelly 02/09/2011 at 1:55 PM #

    Have been a blog-stalker for a while now. Just saw this on domesticsluttery and thought of your happy fox posts!

    http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10001_10001_037010541063_-1?breadcrumb=Home~Women~Jumpers%20&%20cardigans&CMP=AFC-AWIN-78888&awc=2194_1314971644_314c438a8932437366b7159231d7857d

  6. Mel 02/09/2011 at 3:37 PM #

    Have you seen Jane @ snapdragons Airstream?
    I have serious camper van envy! the interior is gorgeous as well- vintage decor and beautiful displays of embroidered gifts. ❤
    http://snapdragongarden.typepad.com/snapdragons_garden/2011/04/airstream-love-and-vintage-vacations.html

  7. Laura 02/09/2011 at 4:14 PM #

    What a wonderful speech, so touching. I would LOVE one of those beautiful vintage caravans. They look so romantic. x

  8. mysparethoughts 02/09/2011 at 8:50 PM #

    I can well imagine there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

    My parent’s have a caravan not a cool caravan like in these photos but like a retired person’s caravan. I also have very fond memories of spending summer holidays in caravans with my grandparents.

  9. virginia 03/09/2011 at 8:58 AM #

    blimey what a lovely dad! the best my dad could come up with was a rotten pun – two for the price of one! (we had six month old twins at the time and my husbands name is Price) I am with you on the caravans, this is the one I fell for: http://roddyandginger.blogspot.com/2010/08/cool-caravan.html

  10. Kerry 04/09/2011 at 9:56 PM #

    Aaaw, your dad! So sweet. Yes, I love the caravans, and I love your memories of them too. My childhood consisted of very similar holidays…including the fuzzy felts! Hope you’ve had a nice weekend Zoe 🙂

  11. Ppatchwork harmony 05/09/2011 at 9:06 AM #

    Lovely post Zoe! I SO want a caravan or campervan too! But my other half has already communicated his many (practical) reasons for not having one! 😦 one day I’ll have a huge garden at a big country house & it’ll have a little vintage caravan at the bottom for me to decorate and sit in! Haha! 🙂

  12. Rachel 05/09/2011 at 10:42 AM #

    Hi

    Just found your blog following the post off your wedding on Love My Dress. Your wedding looked beautiful!

    I didn’t realise that there was a Cath Kidston magazine, I’m definitely going to have a look for that.

    I’d love a little caravan too, but just haven’t got the room for it at the minute, oh well maybe one day.

  13. Hazel 05/09/2011 at 1:11 PM #

    It brought a little tear to my eye too!
    I love the sound of rain on a caravan roof, it has many great childhood memories for me too. I used to love how everything was in miniature! – I hope you get your caravan soon x

  14. Sarah Rooftops 05/09/2011 at 7:57 PM #

    What a lovely speech!

    A friend of mine bought a caravan just yesterday! She storytells at festivals and, as she’s going about fourteen next summer, she decided she needed a bit more luxury than a tent. I’m rather jealous!

  15. domestikate 05/09/2011 at 9:10 PM #

    These are all fabulous! I married into a family of caravaners and am forever marvelling at the ingenious use of space!

  16. Conversation Pieces 05/09/2011 at 11:45 PM #

    Thanks all for both the caravan links and the comments on my Dad’s speech x

    @Kirsteen – I know! Isn’t it amazing?!

    @Kelly – you’re the second person to see that jumper and think of me… it must be a sign!

    @Mel – I now have even more caravan envy! gorgeous!

    @virginia – oh there were some jokes in there too… there were tears – and tears of laughter! think it’s a dad thing to have a joke at your daughter’s expense 😉

    @Kerry – I’m glad you’re a fuzzy felt lover too… I should have known you would be!

    @patchwork harmony – my other half has pointed out some of the practicalities but I think until I find one, he won’t go into them too much… of course if I find one, then that will be too late! 😉

    @Rachel – I think it’s technically the Cath Kidston catalogue but it looks like a mag. I must have signed up for their mailing list as it comes in the post.

    @Hazel – I love your description of everything being in miniature 🙂

    @Sarah Rooftops – yup, jealous of your friend too, what a great way to spend next summer!

    @domestikate – loving the ‘family of caravaners’. my now husband’s folks have one and my grandparents always had one so we both have a bit of a thing… though he’s maybe more a caravaner than me as his dad subscribes to some caravan magazine! 😉

  17. euphbass 06/09/2011 at 12:19 PM #

    Anyone can keep a caravan! Loads of people don’t keep them at their house – we’ve kept our on the local farm, on a patch of field at the edge of the village, and on a retired couple’s land some 10 miles away. There are plenty of options – no doubt Google would provide options for storage near Edinburgh. Or even through forums or the Camping & Caravanning Club / Caravan Club.

    Also, have you seen T@b caravans: http://www.tabme.de/modelle.html
    ? They even come with yellow trim! You can get them in the UK too – Google will provide all. They are very funky.

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