He led the way to the stableyard accordingly, the Rat following with a most mistrustful expression; and there, drawn out of the coach house into the open, they saw a gipsy[sic] caravan, shining with newness, painted a canary-yellow picked out with green, and red wheels. “There you are!” cried the Toad, straddling and expanding himself. “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 today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that’s always changing!
Everyone should have a TGIF with The Wind in the Willows and Fleetwood Mac! : )
When things get a little too much, we often talk about giving it all up and taking to the open road. Although I’m not sure what we would do about Sophie and her motion sickness. I would hope that she would get used to traveling or maybe we can get her some kitty Dramamine.
It all sounds so good~the freedom to travel wherever you want, no restrictions, no worries. But we’re just fantasizing. Nothing is perfect, but there are ways of living that are better than others. You just have to find the way that fits you best.
We may not take off anytime soon, but if (or when) we do, I would want to travel in a Gypsy Caravan!
It looks like there are some folks who are living this way.
One of my favorites is at gypsyliving.org Although the outside doesn’t really look like a gypsy caravan, the inside is
close. I love the sky light and the colors in the bed area. There was no mention of a bathroom, so I’m not sure if Sage has a little one tucked away in this tiny house or is using other facilities. It is cute and roomy, as far as tiny houses go.
This 8′ X 20′ cutie was built on the cheap. It has a very livable inside, but it appears that the bathroom facilities are outside. I have to admit that it sounds intriguing~“There is a nearby composting toilet in an A-frame outhouse. A cast iron clawfoot bathtub over a firepit provides a hot soak for the hardy and an outdoor tap is connected to fresh spring water.” That would be okay for warm climates, but it could be a problem in the north. If you were nomadic, though, you could follow the birds and keep your buns toasty. I wonder if that A-frame is on wheels.
There are other examples of the gypsy style caravan, which I may explore in future posts. I think I will end it here for now.
If we ever hit the road, I think I will try to talk Ron into one of these.
What about you? Would you like to just take off and see the world? If you would, what would you choose as your mobile abode?
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