Wednesday, 29 July 2015

OUR GYPSY CARAVAN HOLIDAY


We've been lucky enough to stay in lots of fab glamping places and quirky holiday homes but never a gypsy caravan until now! I discovered Kingfisher Camp that had both gypsy caravan and fishermans' hut and after enquiring they kindly allowed our family of five to squeeze into two double bunk beds together so we could all sleep in the gypsy caravan.



Apart from the beds and a beautiful tiny stove there wasn't room for much else in the gypsy caravan - how did travellers' fit their families in? 


We could hear cheeping coming from the shower and after further investigation we found this little wren nesting inside the gas shower unit! I managed to catch it having captured a moth to feed its young chicks! Suffice to say we didn't shower the rest of the holiday so as not to disturb them! 


The camp near Longtown, Herefordshire was in the shadow of the Black Mountains that separate England and Wales - Offa's Dyke was along the ridge on the top. I read Chatwin's On A Black Hill a few years ago and it was amazing to climb the real hill and hamlets featured in the gritty novel of rural life. 


Off grid and with no gadgets to distract us, we reconnected over a candlelit game of chess and exploration of the river below the camp. 




The fishermans' hut had a kitchen and fantastic woodburning stove that heated the hut up beautifully, which really helped as we had two solid days of rain and needed to dry our socks!


My husband caught us modern gypsies on camera (above) - soon to be seen in a lay by near you! 

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