Sunday 21 January 2007
A Vardo (gypsy caravan) shown here (lots more pictures here in the picture gallery) on the Gypsy Caravans (UK) website. The site is predominantly about UK caravan and has a brief but good section on their history.
I love the gypsy asthetic and from a very early age wanted to live in an authentic gypsy caravan... you know, the wooden 'wagon' type with the fantastic decorative painting, and lots of textured and layered fabrics everywhere. It's part of why I've always been drawn to mobile homes, trailor living, because to me it's a cross between a gypsy caravan, a tree house and a beach hut. I would LOVE to have all 3 of these.
This came to mind just now because Ulla posted about Roullottes in France (like my childhood fantasy but with better weather!) which I had briefly thought of staying in for last years wedding trip. Seeing her post makes me half wish I had, though I don't regret staying in the B&B with the other wedding guests as we had so much fun together.
She also posted some images of wonderful authentic gypsy clothing from ISHKA (i'd like the skirt on the right for gardening in the summer) as well as numerous links and other posts for all manner of gypsy themed things/people/places.
I miss reading Ulla's blog, and Alicia's. They post so much, which is great but the landline connection can't handle it without taking an age. I still have broadband at my house but it's too too cold to work there, it was 3 degrees C yesterday in my house. My stove works but I spent my fuel money doing christmas. That said, they say winter will truly arrive tonight, hard frost, so I must use heat so my pipes don't burst. So you see, if I lived in a Vardo or a Roulotte I wouldn't be worrying about burst pipes, I'd just be stoking my Queenie stove and making a cup of tea.