Sunday, 6 June 2010

The one where I nearly pee my pants...

Now, when lady luck shines down on my little patch, she shines brightly.
Not very often do good things happen in this house but they do happen now and again to cheer up our rollercoastering 'plodding along' lives.
I'm often wary that for the good things there's a bad thing lurking round the corner just waiting for it's opportunity to jump out and scare the pants off the good things make me a little nervous..are you with me?

Well, this bank holiday, my sister from up north and her husband came to stay for a long weekend. It's very rare that people stay here, as our house is a tad small but the eldest stinky boy decided a spot of local stinky boys' camping was called for and we, for once, had a spare bed.

My sister and I are very similar even though she's the eldest and I'm the youngest of 4 girls, we have never had a cross word in 41 years...honestly,not ever, so her visits are always the best fun. As I was working on the Saturday all day, we decided on a National trust trip on the Sunday and the Giant Malvern flea fair on the Monday. All exciting stuff.
So on the Sunday after lots of mooching around the garden,sniffing roses and pointing at plants, eating croissants with proper butter in the (still lopsided and unfinished) summerhouse and chatting about my lovely visit to Devon and caravans and the like, we decided on a visit to
Hidcote Manor.Really it was a bit early in the year to appreciate all the beautiful flowers they have there and it was so packed with visitors we even had to wait until someone left to get a space in the car park .
Now big sisters can be a bad influence sometimes, they encourage you to put bids on exciting things you think you'll never in a million years be lucky enough to win. Before we went out for the day,I showed her something on eBay that was only a few miles from us and still at a sensible price. Something my family know I've hankered after for a long time and can bore people rigid over.

" isn't that just typical, pay day is a week away, my truck needs work for its mot and there that is looking at me at the bargain price of £125." I say.

Now the big sis tells me I should put a bid on it as I'll kick myself if the lovely thing goes for that amount and that she will help me out until pay day. There were lots of 'if it's meant to be' moments, the bid was placed and off we went to that beautiful area known as The Cotswolds...
to see pretty, pretty gardens..
Out for a meal (corr we really are splashing out!) and home again, where the said 'eBay thing' was almost forgotten about.....almost.

When I checked, I almost hyperventilated...noooooo it can't be true?

ME?.. the winner?

The owner of a little blue and cream CARAVAN for a mere £132? nooooo...

the VINTAGE one I had seen earlier???

The vintage blue and cream cheeky little 1960's one all ready to be towed behind The Beastie (my old pick-up truck) and only needing a bit of prettifying ???GORDON BENNETT!!!!Yes, when lady luck shines, she definitely shines very brightly!


  1. Oh I am so please for you, good thing your sister made you pop that bid on. It is so sweet and just think of the fun your going to have in it...x

  2. Wow! That's fantastic. I like the colours too. Glad you had a lovely time with your sis. xx

  3. Holy Cow! Why don't these things happen to me? I'm so happy for you. It must be the vibes from that Caravan love post that you did. Yup! That's it!

    Hidcote Manor?!?!!! You really do have all the luck. Someday, maybe I'll get there, when I take my walking tour in England. Happy, happy!

    Joy to you! Katy

  4. I'm repentant! Here I sit in this gorgeous house that we got for the price that was refused to three others. It just wasn't 125 pounds....

    I am a lucky girl, too!

  5. Wow that is terrific. Well done you. Enjoy it. I would love to have something like that but alas I could not get it in my garden!

  6. Ooh Sairer, well done, you deserve this stroke of good fortune. It is truly fabby and I know you shall make it even fabbier! Please show us more soon...
    Hen x

  7. Good on your SIS for making you place that bid! Now aren't you glad? Well done, I would love one of these too! Can't wait to see what you do with it. Kathryn. X

  8. I love being a bad influence on my sister--it's what I do best!

    Aren't you just thrilled? I can hardly wait to see how it looks when you're though with it! So fun!

  9. OMG! She is beautiful, YOU was meant to have her! What you going to call her?
    oh HAPPY DAYS...
    Julie x

  10. ooooh....congratulations you lucky devil!

  11. Oh i am so happy for you!

    You deserve this so much....i can not wait to see what you do with her? i am intrigued too about a name?
    Kisses to you my love it couldn't have happened to someone nicer.
    ps you need to hang around with that sister a lot more ;-)
    Love Kristina XxX

  12. You won that caravan?
    WOW....that is one of the best ebays purchases...ever!!

    Can't wait to see you get your hands on it!!

    Sam xx

  13. Love the caravan....what a bargain. Can't wait to see what you do with it? Happy caravanning!

  14. Golly what a bargain - I shall look out for you on the roads around Malvern. Isn't it nice when soemthing so unexpectedly nice happens? Good for big sister for pushing you into it.

  15. Bet you're still buzzing, what a buy.

  16. what fun you are going to have!

  17. What a fantastic Ebay purchase!!!

    I am really desparate for a vintage caravan but cannot decide between that and a camper van.

    Lucky you and a big WELL DONE!!!!!

    Kerry xxxx

  18. I was wizzing through your post to get to the reveal!..and what a treat...and a bargain to boot...lucky you!I hope you have lots of fun and happy days with your lovely new caravan.

    Bellaboo :0)

  19. Wow, how fab - I hope you'll name her or indeed him!

  20. I'm so happy for you (and a little bit jealous). You will have many hours of pleasure fixing up your new acquisition.

  21. Good for you, I'm pleased your having some good luck and I'm sure your caravan will give you lots of enjoyment over the coming summer/years.

  22. I'm not a bit....honestly! Well done, its gorgeous!!

  23. Wow what a fantastic buy, it is lovely. Hidcote Manor is beautiful too, so what a perfect way to round of a lovely day.
    Ann x

  24. wow.....see, why shouldnt it be you that gets something great.....something even better may be round the you do the lottery?

  25. Gorgeous caravan, well done you. I love to hear of someone having some good luck.
    Jo x

  26. Nooooo! You jammy bugger!! I had to scan down then, thinking "She must mean a MODEL caravan, surely?!" How VERY COOL! inside piccies next please!
    Love Hidcote, it is practically round the corner for us, and we go alot. It's s beautiful. I love the rose garden.

  27. Oh my giddy aunt!!! How bloomin' fabulous! It's caravantastic around blogland these days isn't it.

    How exciting, you lucky lady. truly deserved. Happy prettifying days ahead. Can't wait to see you work your magic.
    Love Stephx

  28. Well, you deserve it! What an incredible buy - enjoy it and let us see how it goes...

  29. I love your blog, which I've just discovered by clicking on someone's favourites. You don't have a Follow list, so I carefully added your blog to my favourite list on my home page, as I don't want to lose you. I read your niece's story with great interest. An old school friend's sister recently passed away from lung cancer, and the dragonfly story was read at her funeral. This is the 2nd time I've heard of this story. I love dragonflies. I'm so sorry about your dear niece, but the book is beautiful. I'm happy you won the lovely caravan!

  30. Sounds like a super weekend and then to top it off with your new "baby"!WOW! what a bargain. bet you cant wait to decorate it!!!

  31. I don't get here as often as I should. I was laughing my socks off having only just read the post title! Congratulations on the purchase of a second home! My bet is you move in within 6 months and take off on the gypsy road!

  32.!...could we see inside? fun!...Thanks for sharing!

  33. i am so jealous! its gorgeus! fliss xx

  34. Dear Sairer,

    I just want you to know that after our hen's amazing accomplishment the other day - a MAMMOTH EGG - I felt like all I could do was take pictures and link to your post on the subject. Yours is so perfect - there was really no way to top it. Hope you don't mind.....

    Love, Katy

  35. Hola, I was linking from here and there and end up in your flickr "corners of my home" photos and have to tell you how I have loved your corners with so many shabby treasures, lovely!!!!
    I`m so happy I find you and from now you have a new fan.
    Greetings from Chile,
    maria cecilia

  36. ooh LOVE the caravan! Obviously meant to be ;)

    Hidcote looks v pretty, I used to work for the National Trust and everyone used to say it was lovely there :)

    Mel xxx

  37. WOW! It really WAS your lucky day.. I love your little mobile home. Have a great time re-doing her and spending lots and lots of bright days camping.... and maybe your oldest stinky boy will sleep out in it the next time you have the opportunity to have visitors! :-)

    Warmest blessings,

  38. Just stumbled upon your blog, ive just finished doing up my caravan if you want to take a peek! Love your vintage one, have been watching some on ebay too! x

  39. Hey there Sairer!
    That is soooo lovely, congratulations. I am sure you will be putting that "My Cool Caravan" book to great use now.

  40. Hi, just found your blog through In the Sunny Spot. Fabulous caravan - well done. Love your pictures and creations. :) Liz

  41. Woweeeee!! I can't wait to see what you do with it. Well done you :-)

  42. Hello, I've just stumbled across your blog and love it!
    Your caravan is soo cute! One day I hope to have a caravan for crafty things in my back garden. There's nothing quite like winning something quirky on Ebay!

  43. Hey there! I have just found you and think your blog is delightful! I'm following!
    I found you because I needed a bit of inspiration with a blurb I was writing and googled "vintage green" and came across the lovely caravans and sports cars on your blog. Fun eh?
    Love your new purchase, well done big sis!

  44. Some lovely photos and a fab vintage caravan.

    Deb xx

  45. I'm so pleased for you! It's going to look fabulous when you have worked your magic on it! :-) Fingers and toes crossed your truck doesn't cost much. xxx


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