"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Saturday, August 14, 2010

Two people and their dog

On a day which rapidly deteriorated into something that would have given cause for concern in mid-November, our two intrepid travellers and their little brown dog set off intrepidly into the Great Unknown. Travelling east, they were, into the hitherto unexplored (by them) territory commonly known as North Lincolnshire.
"Dunno why you want to come all the way over here to see a caravan," had been the comment of the person at their destination. They had been intrigued by this direct, acerbic reaction. Short and to the point, could this man possibly be a closet Yorkshireman? And, given that reaction, did he really want to sell his caravan? 
As we had  researched the whole, complicated topic of touring caravans in great detail and had subsequently decided that a Swift Sandymere (Harrington Special Edition) two berth was just what we wanted and as there seemed to be only two at the price we were willing to pay in the whole of the UK, then, yes it was necessary to go all the way over there to see a caravan. And so we set forth, courageously braving the torrential rain, flooded roads and shafts of lightning which dominated our journey.
We cunningly underplayed our delight at finding the twelve year old caravan in absolutely pristine condition and quickly struck a bargain which was probably more to our liking than to the owner's and we saved our whoops of joy and mutual congratulations until we were back on the road, homeward bound with our new treasure rolling merrily behind us.
And so begins a new episode in the everyday lives of those chez Jennyta.
It is to be hoped that there might just be a little sunshine and fine weather left in the dog days of this so-called summer in which we might venture forth to enjoy the odd long weekend or few days away, but that remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, just watch this space - I might just start having something to post about again!

7 comments:

Katherine said...

Oooh, how exciting! I love caravanning and traveling.
'There's real life for you, embodied in that little cart. The open road, the dusty highway, the heath, the common, the hedgerows, the rolling downs! Camps, villages, towns, cities! Here to-day, up and off to somewhere else to-morrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!" (The Wind in the Willows)

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Gosh! Super! A touring caravan. You are bound to meet many interesting people as you explore hidden corners of this island, jacking down on sites from Northumberland to Norfolk and from Cornwall to Cumbria. Paddy may even find a lady dog (I don't like the other term) that he can chew a bone with. The world is now your oyster Jenny.

Jennyta said...

What lovely quote to inspire us on our travels, Katherine. :)
No doubt you are right, YP.Mind you, most sites tend to stipulate a 'well behaved' dog so that's Paddy out straight away! ;)

cheshire wife said...

I hope that the caravan's previous owner does not read your blog! Seriously this could be the start of a big adventure.

Jennyta said...

Ha ha! Good point, CW. :)

Ellee Seymour said...

We are leaving for Wales today and it's already pouring down with rain. Hope it improves around Snowdonia for our visit.

Jennyta said...

Don't hold your breath, Ellee. :(

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