Saturday, February 2, 2013

2013 The Year of The Caravan

Hello! Its good to be back. I have had a lovely long break to clear the cobwebs and refresh for the new year. School and work have all started again and I am slowing getting back into a normal routine.

This year we have a few projects on the go. After searching for what seems forever, we now have a 1950's caravan which will be our focus for the new year. It will be given a full makeover, inside and out and decorated for the period. It should be fun and we are looking forward to it. Whilst it is not registered, it will only take a little modification before it will be roadworthy. Until then, it will make a great summer/guest house in the backyard and a lovely view while washing the dishes.

























































Here is a photo of our Millard Safari caravan pulled behind Henry (XY Ford) on our family holiday to Queensland. That's me as a baby, c1971. I don't remember our Queensland trip as I was too little but we travelled to Lightning Ridge and fossicked for opals when I was around 9. I remember sleeping in the annex and something rustling outside during the night. It sat in our backyard for many years. It was always stinking hot and had that funny smell (you know that one), teemed with Huntmen spiders inside. Our dad sold it in the late 80's. I wish he had kept it...that's why we've been looking for a new old one.

I will keep you posted on the renovation and hope to source some interesting bits and pieces at the swap meets this year. To celebrate the Centenary of Canberra, vintage caravans are travelling from all parts of Australia to meet on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, its called the Museum of the Long Weekend. We will be tootling along to see and meet the owners that have travelled so far. I will be sure to take a few photos to share with you.

Thanks for popping in, have a lovely weekend, and hope to catch up with you all soon, Tam x

p.s. Thanks Simmone for the link to Pixlr . Our bike and caravan photos are taking a pizzling (ie, doing it to death) :)

10 comments:

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Congrats on your fab 50's caravan, Tam! Looking forward to seeing the reno photos. Lovely vintage photo of you and your family. xo

Kylie said...

Happy and excited for you guys Tam (and just a teensy bit jealous)
Look how cool your Mum looks and your sister's dress. Hope you keep blogging x

Bella Bee said...

Yes! I do know that smell you mention. It is funny how something like that can bring it all back so vividly.

The caravan looks as if it will be keeping you busy for some time (will you all fit in there)? What fun.

simmone said...

Happy days for you, how awesome! Can't wait to see her all sweeten-up one day.

Karen said...

What a great caravan. It will be fantastic once it has a makeover..what a great idea. Look forward to seeing all the photos as you go.

CityScape Skybaby said...

This is something I would love to do, plus we're overcrowded in this house, so I've often thought a caravan would be handy as an extra bedroom too. Looking forward to seeing the renovations as they happen. xx

Miss Simmonds Says said...

Lightning Ridge sounds very exciting. Being trapped in a caravan full of spiders is my nightmare. Can't wait to see what you do to your caravan, I bet it's going to look great!!

Barn House Antiques said...

Your caravan is great!!! It is going to be such a fun project.

Vintage Jane said...

Oh, how I would love a caravan? Looking forward to seeing it's transformation, but please, it needs to be spiderproofed! M x

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