So now we have what we wished for - it's pouring! And has been all day. Just in time for a 4-hour drive up to Fraser Island tomorrow for a very welcome break. I was feeling a little uninspired to blog today, what with it being so grey and wet outside, and a wee bit cool (I really need to toughen up). Until, that is, I started listening to the rain on the tin (deck) roof. How I love that sound ....
|Visit Wallpaper Decor for the OAS (Oasis) Collection|
And why do I love that sound so much? Simply because, when I was a littlie, every year our family packed up the car and the trusty Thompson Traveller - our caravan - and headed south for our very own European vacation. I was a happy and a very lucky little camper to have spent holidays in France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy and Andorra (it's a tiny country between France and Spain), and all before I was even a teen.
|via Talking to Unicorns|
On these holidays, my brothers and I made friends and played with kids without being able to speak each other's language.
|via Blondie and Co|
We learnt how to pack light, because somehow you had to squeeze 3 weeks' worth of clothes into a cubby hole about the size of a shoe box.
|A travelling Brisbane shop - otherwise known as the Best Little Vintage Van in Vegas|
We got to swim in the sea, get a suntan (and burn), wear nothing but flip flops and swimsuits for 3 whole weeks, and of course we got to sample exotic 'foreign food' - I still have a vivid memory of eating my first pizza!
But one of the strongest sensory memories I have is lying in bed listening to the pitter-patter of summer rain on the roof of our home-away-from-home. Mum and Dad would still be up, talking in hushed voices (we were only separated by a curtain, after all) and maybe playing cards on the table that would later be folded away to form the base of their bed (design genius!).
|Check out this little wagon somewhere in a forest in Denmark at Boboho|
I loved caravanning as a child, it holds many happy memories for me, so much so that I now have a dream of one day having a very special type of caravan to call my own ....
But you'll just have to wait until next week to find out what that is, if you haven't guessed already!
Til then, Nx