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Friday, June 8, 2012

Pat's caravan

I can’t quite remember if my love for little old caravans started when I first read Georgina's blog (one of the first blogs I ever started following) or if it happened when I bought this book.    

Initially I started to hunt for little old toy caravans and so far I have these three little treasures.


My family have become quite accustom to tours of back streets as we stalk caravans and peek over people’s fences.  A little weird I guess but no real harm has been done!

So, after Easter I took the plunge and put a classified in our local paper for a real life caravan of my own.  The main requirement was that it had to be small, old and fairly cheap. 



In amongst a few calls a gentle, elderly lady named Pat contacted me.  Pat had an old caravan and so I finally met her and the little 1970’s era Millard caravan.  It was immediately obvious that Pat was an independent and proud woman who had been a widow for two years.  Pat was born and raised in Broken Hill, raised four children and was married to her late husband for sixty years.  They had lived in the same inviting yet modest house their entire married life.  We chatted about the caravan, life in general and I admired her home and the impressive fruit trees. 

I loved the caravan immediately.  It looked small enough for me to manage, was neat and tidy and the louvre windows and burnt orange colour scheme sealed the deal. 

When I left Pat’s house I felt quite emotional.  I had just met a special lady who could have easily been my grandmother and I was about to buy a piece of her and her husband’s history.  They had made plans to travel more in the caravan before her husband passed away.  It made me think about seizing every moment with my own family and the importance of taking time to chat and connect with people in the community.  The short conversations I had with Pat were warm and genuine, I had an instant friend.  These moments are sometimes forgotten in our busy lives. 










A big thank you to my husband Terry for embracing my schemes, dealing with the old tyres and skillfully maneuvering the caravan out of town and home safely.   

Long term we are considering converting the caravan into a mobile market stall for my little food business.  Or perhaps we might restore it for family tours and adventures…it would be cozy, but fun!  

22 comments :

  1. jane..that you bought your caravan from someone with whom connected with at such a special level makes your purchase even more of a treasure..

    i'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures in it..whatever they are..

    i once bought a caravan for my feisty 16 year old daughter to live in so she would have some space and independence..years later when i was selling the house it had to be broken up because it couldn't be removed from the garden.. :(

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  2. I love your caravan Jane, all that luscious orange = perfect (I'm a teensy bit jealous) and Pat sounds like a good egg.
    Happy Trails x

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  3. What a great story. Enjoy your new caravan adventures!

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  4. Hey Jane! Congratulations on finding a caravan (I love your mini collection too). I really relate to your story of Pat - meeting the owner and towing home their van which holds many memories to them is emotional. But you can be glad you will continue the stories of this little van! I look forward to reading them. x

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  5. What a cool caravan- you must be thrilled. Congrats on a great find!

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  6. Jane, do you believe in Karma? In that things happen when they are meant to happen for a reason. I do. The elderly couple you bought your (rather wonderful) caravan from have been there and done now, and now it's your turn. I would be over the moon excited too! Love it.

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  7. LOOKS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!

    Lovely story about Pat too! Its nice to have objects with history and a life of their own... If I was a naming thinks kinda gal, I'd name her Pat.

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  8. It looks like you're set for some adventures. Have fun!

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  9. What fun Jane...whatever you do in it is bound to be an adventure! I will keep my eye out for you and your caravan.

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  10. What a beautiful story...I hope your pre loved caravan brings you all lots of pleasure Jane and that it's story grows on.

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  11. What a wonderful story Jane and what a lovely time you are going to have deciding how you are going to use your caravan :)

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  12. You warmed my heart with this story Jane. I do believe the caravan has found a beautiful new home!

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  13. What a great buy, Jane! Can't wait to see what you get up to in it!

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  14. Ohhh Jane - a smile, a giggle and a tear in my eye all at once!

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  15. Oh Jane, how wonderful! I am obsessed with old caravans so I'm a little jealous, but very excited to see what you do with her. I LOVE the orange colour scheme! And how beautiful that you got to bond over the van with Pat. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

    Katie x

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  16. What a gorgeous story Jane!!! I can't wait to see what path your new little Orange caravan will eventually take you and your family down... I really like the sound of a bread mobile on wheels and would love for it to take a visit via my neck of the woods someday in the future...

    Hugs - Jodie :)

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  17. What a wonderful find with a lovely story behind it. I would love to find a little van like this to park in our garden for when Nana comes to visit!

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  18. Hooray for making your dream come true! I think I would have been emotional leaving Pat's too for the same reasons. And are those new photos in your header? Lovely! (p.s. the coffee at grounds could have been better but I'm going to chalk it up to beginner kinks and I'm sure they are flying high now)

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  19. hello! what a wonderful story. not just of the caravan but of making connections, even with strangers. how to make the world keep spinning in a positive way.

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  20. Jane! How exciting for you! And what a lovely story, you're so lucky to know the history of your van. I look forward to see what you have in store for your van!

    xx

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  21. Hi Jane
    Super cute caravan! We had the same caravan for family holiday's to Nelson Bay and clay target shoot's!
    Have fun with it, would love to see you in it at the farmers markets in Mildura!
    Annie & Shell x

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane