"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)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Caravan or shed?

We had talked about it last year, or at least I had. Keith had listened, or maybe not listened. (It’s sometimes difficult to tell with men!) We’ve had our little caravan for four years now, during which we have not used it nearly as much as I thought we would. Keith knew exactly what he wanted and we found it, only it was across on the other side of the country in Lincolnshire. On the day we drove over to collect it, we did so in torrential rain and it doesn’t seem to have stopped much since, although we have managed to find a few decent weekends. I had visions of us visiting places all over the UK with it, but truth to tell, that hasn’t really happened. We’ve tended to stick to north west Wales, which is largely unspoilt and ideal for getting away from it all but, for some reason, we haven’t ventured any further. So there it is, our caravan, sitting in the garden, taking up space and there Keith is, muttering quiet longings for a shed. You haven’t got a shed? I hear you ask in disbelief, to which the answer is, yes, we have. I bought it some years ago to replace the one we inherited, which had come to the end of its useful life and to house our garden utensils. Unfortunately, the invisible garden gnomes have quietly and gradually filled it with ‘man stuff’. Yes, it must have been the gnomes. After all, Keith would never have done such a thing, being such a tidy, orderly man - would he? Well now it appears that even more space is needed as this ‘man stuff’ is increasing and multiplying. I have to battle to get the lawnmower out of the shed as it is and fight even harder to get it back in so I am somewhat sympathetic to the suggestion of getting another shed. Let’s face it, if we leave a space, it will only get filled up with another car wreck.Memories of the Camaro are still vivid, as are those of the Jaguar. No, I definitely would prefer a shed, especially if it meant I would get my own shed back.
Which brings me back to the beginning of this post. We now have a caravan to sell, so if you are interested, you are welcome to follow the link and take a look here. Go on, you know you want to!


  1. I'm sure you're not alone. Caravans sound like a great idea (not to me), but I see lots parked up almost permanently. One near me hasn't moved for over 20 years!

  2. Yes, we might as well let someone else enjoy it and use the space for other things, Cro.

  3. You probably won't be surprised when I say that I smiled when I read this post. Good luck with selling the caravan and getting your shed back. Flighty xx

  4. I am sorry you didn't travel to many places with your caravan. If it doesn't sell why not aim for a couple of caravanning adventures this summer? Never say never. Shropshire isn't far away for you and what about England's premier county - Yorkshire?
    P.S. Isn't a caravan just a shed on wheels?

    1. Truth to tell, YP, I have never found sleeping in it very comfortable.

  5. Unfortunately, I'm unable to collect it. Do you deliver? ;)

  6. I think you have to have a special mind set to make best use of a room on wheels attached to, and pulled by a vehicle. Members of our family have been doing it for years, within seasonally short windows of opportunity. Most of the year the 'van sits, and waits for an outing. I suppose if you keep a caravan long enough, with limited seasonal use, there might be a break even point, ignoring such things as servicing and unexpected mechanical events. I guess if you feel you are not benefitting, and/or it's not really doing what it was built for, there's no competition is there, the shed will win.



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