|Posted on 6 July, 2016 at 14:55|
We have now lived in ‘the chalet’ for a whole a year!!!
I remember Bobby going to get it! I had found it on “Brackley online car boot” (facebook). It was free to a good home and to anyone who could collect by Saturday, I think we were 4th in line, so I wasn’t holding out much hope!! The problem for the people further up the list was the transport….. you needed a very large flatbed trailer, as the wheels on a static mobile home only purpose is to move in to place once on site! To get a lorry that big would cost around £600 and we would have to wait as they needed to give the police 10 day notice for moving a large load! The problem with this plan was that they had only given us 3 days to work out transport! Who knew it would be so hard to move a caravan!
My husband Bobby………. Think of a farmer in his early 30’s ……right that’s him, you have pictured him. He is a typical laid back, chilled out farmer with a slight mumble. ( a exemplary specimen of a farmer). But, he refuses to wear the check country shirt and moleskin trousers … he much prefers his billabong T-shirts and a pair of shorts!
So whilst sat in our cosy 3 bed averagely sized house Bobby came out with “ well I’ll just have to tow the bugger with the tractor”
And that’s what he did, we rang the police to check it was ok, we spoke to a ‘little bit dim’ person on the other end who said “well I’m sure it will be fine I’ll tell the sarge when she gets in” We took her name and time of phone call and took It as a green light to go……………
So Bobby his dad and my slightly reluctant brother set off to collect the caravan armed with a flashy light on my brothers van, the girls (6 +4) pink walkie talkies and a pack of matches.
After asking all the teachers at the local school to move their cars, they finally started on the very slow journey home towing the caravan the 11miles on the back roads in two and half hours, not bad timing for a caravan!!
She finally arrived home…………. What had we done!!! A 12 year old caravan which hadn’t been loved for a long time with smelly curtains and old (very old) white goods just sat in it. well I’ll tell you what I did , for a start I ignored any negative comments then donned my rubber gloves and striped it form floor to ceiling saving nothing and cleaning ever tiny bit I could get to…. its amazing what a lick of paint and fresh flooring can do. We were ready to move in ……
So then it was time for our biggest step to date, we put the house on the market. we were thinking if it didn’t sell for a couple of months, it would be a bonus………….It sold in 2 hours of being on the market!
That was it… 6 weeks later we moved us, the girls, the cat and all of our favourit things. (it's a small space, only the best things could stay) we sold evrything else, as it would have to go into storage and by the time would need it again..... it wouldnt go with our new home.
I cannot believe it has been a year, were all here in a humble abode. I can honestly say we all love it, I often ask the girls if they would prefer to live in a house and they say no we like it here,although tabs does mention a tv would be a nice! but I just remind her....
If we have everything in life, what would we have to look forward too?