Mabel the Musketeer!
Oops, where did that time go? I do have an excuse though, I've been preoccupied acquiring a new addition to the Turner household. No, it's not a fluffy rabbit or a cute puppy, her name is Mabel and she's a Sprite Musketeer, yep, I'm now proud to announce that I'm a caravanner! And Mabel is finally on home turf having been purchased on ebay a few weeks ago and kindly collected and looked after on my lovely friends' farm (thanks the Gibsons!). She's now cluttering up the front lawn and creating much interest from the neighbours, who are all keen to have a nose, but probably more interested in finding out just how long exactly, she's going to be parked there?!
As a child we had many fun caravan holidays; for years in large static vans in Cornwall and Devon and then when my dad became more brave, he bought a Sprite Alpine that soon became very loved and well used. I can still remember the classic brown and orange combo that it was kitted out in, complete with orange melamine cups and as you can see, Mabel seems to be very similar, even though she's a bit younger (1986). She needs some tlc and this extends further than my anticipated fabric makeover as, inevitably, there is some damp and my husband, although sceptical at first, has grasped this challenge with both hands and can often be caught perusing caravan parts websites late in the evening! I nearly fell over when he declared 'it's going to be fun!' Here are some photos of her now and as I revamp the old girl, I'll post some more. Still not sure what colourway to go for, maybe teal and red or green and blue or something very different. All I can guarantee is that she won't be 'shabby chic' as that isn't my style at all. New curtains, flooring, seat covers and accessories for starters, then we'll see what the local car boot sales offer for the rest. The children are very excited and wanted to sleep in her the first night, emptying half their bedrooms into her within minutes. We'll try to squeeze a cheeky weekend away in her this summer and park her on a site somewhere next summer. A site that allows old ladies to visit and not just brand new, all singing, all dancing caravans that is...
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