Archive for the ‘Gypsy Caravan’ Category

The Garden Shed – From A Storeroom To a Place of Meditation
March 20, 2014

Virginia Woolf claimed that writers needed a special place to work and concentrate. Hers was a shed on the edge of a graveyard in Sussex, in the south-east of England. Roald Dahl, the creater of many children’s stories including Charley and the Chocolate Factory wrote his magical tales in a little white cottage in the grounds of his Gypsy House.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a shed as somewhere used for storage or shelter, but these days sheds come in all shapes and sizes, from the ancient garden shed, full of rusty spades and plant pots, to the ultra-chic models, some almost the size of a small house, that modern home workers use as offices.

The word ‘shed’ was first used as far back as 1481, when the printer William Caxton described ‘a yerd in which was a shadde where in were five grete dogges.’ (A yard in which was a shed in which were five big dogs), but the shed as we know it now came into being during the 1920s and 30s, when four million new homes were built, for the first time giving many people a garden. They needed somewhere to store their tools, so built a shed. From this humble beginning grew the idea of the shed as somewhere to relax and, in more recent years, as somewhere to work – although it needed to be somewhere a lot more refined than simply somewhere to store a spade and a few plant pots.

Sheds have provided a sanctuary for many people, not just writers; somewhere to sit and think and while away a few hours watching the world go by. They’ve been an integral part of British life, though rarely acknowledged in a big way until the Daily Telegraph ran a competition for Shed of the Year in 2006. The newspaper thought it would be one of those amusing little page-fillers with a few photos, and were totally surprised when hundreds of photos were sent in of pink-painted thatched-cottage sheds, upturned boats used as sheds, gypsy caravans, a shed that floats when a nearby river floods, sheds fit for a palace and sheds fit for nothing except their original use of storing garden equipment. What they also discovered was that the British are extremely proud of their sheds and, like many aspects of British life, are extremely eccentric about them. (The winner was a Roman Temple, complete with Roman columns, amphora, grape lights, blue LED mood lighting, Interior mural panels, a mosaic table and two time zones — Britannia and Rome time.

Dave Flynn has his ‘shed’ at the bottom of his garden in Blackpool in the north of England, and is in no two minds about the effect it has on him. “I could easily tip over into being slightly eccentric about my shed. I’ve got cowboy hats there and often put them on, so there’s an element of your shed that allows you to do that. While you wouldn’t walk around the house in your cowboy hat or your cowboy boots or your Tai Chi outfit, you can do it in the shed, because there’s nobody to see you and you revert to being whoever you want to be. It’s perhaps that slight English leaning towards eccentricity, and I think the shed will allow you to be eccentric. Even though it’s only twenty metres from the house it’s still like a million miles from reality. In a way, you enter a different world”

I am a freelance journalist living in Valencia City, Spain, although my work takes me throughout the country. My work is pretty wide ranging, both in subject and geography, but my heart lies in Spain, which is where most of writing concentrates on. I’ve written two successful guide books to the Valencian region, on Spain’s eastern coast, Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca and Small Hotels and Inns of Eastern Spain, as well as many articles for national and international press. While most of my work features the idiosyncratic side of Spain, I’ve also written extensively on wine, gastronomy and hotels.

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My Gypsy childhood | The Guardian
September 7, 2009

In my early teens, I realised for the first time that there’s a widely held view that everyone who lives in a caravan or on the road is a dirty, thieving Gypsy, never contributing to society while living for free on land that doesn’t belong to them.

Gypsies and Travellers are the only social group that it is still acceptable to insult. In part, I think this stems from our levels of illiteracy and lack of social involvement; if people are unaware of what is being written about them, they’re not going to dispute it. And if they don’t dispute it, it will carry on.

via My Gypsy childhood | Life and style | The Guardian.

Kate Moss showcases her new gypsy chic look | Mail Online
August 31, 2009

Kate Moss is accustomed to five-star comfort luxury travel, but she went back to basics for her latest fashion shoot.

The supermodel got a taste of gypsy living as she joined a group of travellers for a photo spread for the upcoming issue of V Magazine.

The style chameleon showcased a hippy chic look as she posed in a caravan, on the back of a horsedrawn cart and even perched upon a pony.

Kate Moss

Ready to roll: Kate Moss shows off her gypsy chic look on the back of a traditional Romany horsedrawn cart in V magazine

via Kate Moss showcases her new gypsy chic look | Mail Online.

What do the star ratings mean?
July 19, 2009

Every country has its own star-rating scheme and although they are similar, they aren’t the same. The stars invariably relate to the number of facilities provided, so you might not get a swimming pool on a two-star site, but you should on a four-star site.

Where confusion often arises is in assuming that a four-star site will be run more efficiently than a two-star one. Management quality and facilities do often go together because nobody invests heavily in a state-of-the-art swimming pool, bar, restaurant and hot food take-away, only to allow the site to fail due to poor management. But equally I’ve seen fairly basic two-star sites that are cleaner and better run than a five-star hotel.

The best advice I can offer is to stick to sites that are members of a big marketing organisation like Castel Camping, Kawan or Camping Cheque. These sites have got to the size they are by taking visitor comfort seriously.

Gypsy Caravan Holiday
July 8, 2009

A Gypsy Caravan Holiday is kind of an adventure for the whole family!

You can escape every-day life and try something totally new: imagine you and your family living in a Gypsy caravan for a few days, handling a horse and driving through an unspoiled, idyllic countryside.

You can spend a holiday like this for example in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland or Hungary.

Especially in a rural, unspoiled environment you can experience this kind of authentic and mystical Gypsy feeling during a trip.

via Gypsy Caravan Holiday.

Gypsy Caravan Building, Restoration and Painting
July 8, 2009

we are specialists in the restoration and painting of gypsy caravans, horse drawn vehicles and living wagons.

All of our work is carried out to the highest standards using traditional methods, with all aspects of restoration work undertaken, including :

* Painting, Scrolling, Lining, Graining, Gilding and Carving

* New or to match existing structural work and repairs.

* New canvas tilts, calico roofs, shafts, steps and wheels.

We are happy to provide insurance valuations, and to carry out work for insurance purposes.

via Gypsy Caravan Building, Restoration and Painting.

Gypsy Caravan Accommodation
July 8, 2009

Imagine this; it’s late 1960’s, you’ve travelled with horse and waggon to Mertons Farm, travelling at best 5mph.

You’ve been travelling most of the day. When you arrive another member of the family has arrived hours before you in his 18ft trailer pulled by his Bedford lorry.

Fire’s lit and kettle’s on, sit down and have a cup of tea, after unharnessing the horse.

English Gypsy Caravans
July 8, 2009

These highly decorated gypsy caravans are ideal for many uses. As an office away from the main house they’re cosy, warm, water-proof and away from the kids! As an extra bedroom to the house they are perfect. For the artist or writer, they offer peace and tranquility with warmth and light. last but not least, back a horse into one and take off for life on the open road. Nothing arouses that magical feeling that a gypsy caravan does.

via Here.

Gypsy Caravans
July 8, 2009

Inspired by the Victorian ‘Reading’ style Gypsy caravan, they are fully fitted with an extending double bed, seating with lockers under, a pull out table, wardrobe, cupboards, fireplace, bookshelves and a secret den, which children will adore.

via here.