Gypsy Caravans

25 Jun

A shadow passed the window, and I looked up to see a gypsy caravan moving slowly up the lane toward the manor. It was the horse-drawn kind, and I could hear cheerful voices coming from the front as it receded from view.

“I hope they don’t come and knock on the door,” said Bunty. “I’ll have to buy pegs.”

“You could always say no thanks,” I pointed out.

“Have you met me?” asked Bunty.

And it is true that the gatehouse is awash with clothes pegs and trinkets and Watchtower magazines which Bunty has obediently accepted from every passing touter who has knocked on the gatehouse door.

As it turned out, the gypsy caravan wasn’t occupied – yet. Our neighbours at the manor are setting up a Bed & Breakfast, in the form of three gypsy caravans in a meadow. The one I saw moving up the lane was being delivered.

The caravans will overlook this field where the manor people keep their sheep. Had I arrived here earlier, I might have photographed the shearing process. These fleeces felt downy-soft, and warm from the unexpected sunshine.

I had come up the lane to photograph what was inside the stable near this field. Our neighbours had earlier invited me to open the top half of the door and take a look, so I did. A hen peered up at me quizzically. She was sitting in what will be a shower room, once the stable is converted into day rooms for the caravaners

As I watched, two chicks sprouted, as if by magic, from the hen’s plumage. They eyed me and cheeped several times, before returning to their sanctuary beneath her wings.

Cycling home with my cache of photographs, I  pondered how little space such treasures take up – and yet they contain so many memories. I knew Bunty would be relieved that I had bought no more pegs. I had bought half a dozen eggs, though.

8 Responses to “Gypsy Caravans”

  1. DewiMorgan June 25, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    Your posts always fill me with a sense of glee.

    Though I admit to being slightly saddened that the caravan wasn’t in use still. I suspect the mobile home industry has seen off the real horse-drawn Romany ones, unless some have been kept just for the look by the witchier ones :(

  2. minlit June 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    FANTASTIC accommodation idea. My hat is off to your creative neighbour!

  3. Brianda Domecq June 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Always love to get your fantastic photos. B

  4. Hallysann June 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    I imagine it would be so much fun staying B&B in a gypsy caravan :-)

    • Snailquake June 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

      I think so too! I feel lucky to be living in a place where such things happen – particularly as I was invited inside the caravans for a nose around. They are awfully pretty. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished setup.

  5. Jigme Datse Rasku June 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Great, was it somewhere else that you talked about these, or is this a new one, or am I just utterly confused?

    • Snailquake June 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      I put the photo up on Plurk and Facebook too.

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