Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The trouble with Geminis

The trouble with Geminis is we are a flighty bunch, get bored quickly, do not like to be tied down to one thing in particular and are always looking for new things to occupy our minds. Oh and apparently we can't stop talking. I'm a Gemini and so is Mark, so throw two of us together and it's no wonder we chop and change our minds like the weather.
                                  
Which is why just a few weeks after deciding we were definitely going to buy a static holiday home, we went out and bought one of these instead. A Bailey Pegasus. This is a stock photo, ours won't be ready until June, but this is the model we've chosen.
                          

The more I thought about a static, the more I knew deep down I didn't want to return to the same place week after week. I'd rather 'travel' albeit around the UK, and see different places and experience different things, even if at times, that might just mean a different view from the window.
Truthfully, Mark wasn't convinced at first. Mainly from the work point of view. We've had a caravan before and as much as we loved it, it was hard work. Mind you we had two little ones back then and anything is hard when you're lugging high chairs, bottle warmers, sterilisers etc. around with you. And God forbid you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and you suddenly remember the nappies got left behind.  

But life has got easier over the years and we're always open to each others suggestions so we did a bit of homework and were surprised to see how things have changed in the caravan world since we last dabbled, so much so that this has features that can be operated remotely from your Iphone.


So there you have it. Finally, we've made our decision. It's been a bit of a long process, but we got there eventually. 

I'm now an official member of The Caravan Club and we've booked our first weekend away already.

Can't wait. 

xxx

28 comments:

  1. Oh Suzanne, congratulations, she's beautiful! (She is a she isn't she?) Just think of all the adventures you're going to have, all those places to visit. I just love caravans and how they make the most of every inch of space. So excited for you. X

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    1. Thank you Jules. I'm really excited so it must be the right choice. She is definitely a she, but she has a funny name. Glug Glug II. Amy named our first caravan Glug Glug because of the noise the water made when her and Mark would fill the water tank. There are so many good memories of original Glug Glug that any other name just wouldn't seem right. We're all mad at Number 38! xx

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  2. Never a truer word was spoken regarding Gemini. The van is great, I used to trail all over the country at one time. It is so good to just stick a pin in a map and set off.

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    1. Yes, we definitely flit from one thing to another that's for sure! We definitely plan on getting lots of use of our van. A couple of 'local' trips to start with just to make sure everything is OK then we'll be travelling further afield. Can't wait for the fun to start. xx

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  3. Hurrah! You've finally taken the plunge. Even if it was totally different to your original plan!

    violet is a Gemini, and I have to say I totally agree!

    Advice from Bill. Yes, a Wisteria would do well in a pot, but his Top Tip is to buy one when in flower (i.e now!), so you can be sure it'll flower. He also suggests growing a clematis through it too.

    Bet you are so excited to get your mitts on your caravan. xx

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    1. Haha yes, the original plan that we had 'definitely' decided on certainly changed didn't it. But it's definitely the right decision. I have a couple of trips planned already, just need to book them.

      The Gemini club has all the best people in it!

      Thanks to Bill for the advice. I shall try and fit in a trip to the garden centre at weekend to find a flowering one. I just hope I don't kill it off. xx

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  4. Must say it looks very smart and spacious. Looking forward to reading about your travels. Happy new caravan!

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    1. It's a twin axle which means it's a couple of feet longer than our last one, but every inch counts in a caravan! Oh yes, there'll be lots of adventures I'll be sharing and lots of mishaps as well. I expect the inflatable awning will be a blog post all on its own haha.

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  5. Awww Congratulations! She's beautiful! I agree with the above - definitely a 'she'!!
    You can go where you please ! Yeeee haaaa!

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    1. She is a beauty isn't she. We spent ages sitting in her making sure we didn't feel claustrophobic. Mind you it was just the 2 of us, although to be honest Amy and Thomas just lie on their beds so no movement from them at all for most of their days off school.

      Yes, we can go wherever we want. You might even find us on your drive one morning hehehehe. xx

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    2. This made me chuckle so so much ! I don't possess a drive ( please do t unfriend me ! ) but please please please feel free to come park up outside as it will piss my knobhead neighbours off no end!!!!

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    3. I'm not sure I can associate with you any more Rachel if you don't have a drive haha.

      My sister has bought a couple of weeks at Glen Eagles, she goes every Christmas and we once jokingly said we'd visit in Glug Glug I. The look on her face was priceless.

      Maybe there's a business venture to be had actually. Hiring us to turn up and annoy annoying neighbours. We could bring the dogs as well and Mark's always up for singing a bit of Queen at top blast in the shower. xx

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    4. I bet you'd make a FORTUNE!!! I can see the TV ad now.
      Annoying neighbours?
      Well, get your own back for the amazing value of ONLY £99!
      YES, THATS RIGHT, £99.
      Sign up for this amazing deal now, Suzanne and her family, from Oop North will park up and be Northen. Watch your neighbours fume as she blatantly knits finger puppets, practically in their living room. Hear the smashing breakfast wake up call of all the Queen hits.
      Book now!

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    5. Forgot my snappy slogan.
      "I got 99 problems, but my neighbours ain't one"
      Lol at my own jokes!!!

      Sorry!

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    6. Haha, you're crackers Rachel. I'm going to put an ad in the papers and see if I get any takers. Thinking I could also insert some sort of movement and sound gizmo in the puppets, then line them up on the window sill dancing and singing, although that would cost extra!

      What with Mark singing, Thomas' constant half nudity, Amy dressed like she's always off to a funeral and 2 yapping dogs we'd be millionaires. We could easily make the Griswalds look like amateurs. xx

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    7. Roaring with laughter - this is blog commenting at it's best! Thank you both.

      Suzanne, only just 'found you' on the recommendation of Sadie (Life in the English Rain). We're in the process of changing our first caravan for a Bailey Pegasus - but not such a big and luxurious one as yours.

      Would you consider coming to pitch on our drive? It would freak some of our neighbours out completely. I'm quite certain one or two wanted to put in for a reduction in Council Tax when we bought our first van, and this Spring the house next-door-but-one changed hands and they have a proper motorhome and a small yappy dog (who is absolutely gorgeous!)

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    8. Welcome to Number 38 Jayne. You're spot on, the comments are always better than the post, especially when Rachel is involved :)

      We offer our caravan services free to blog readers so just let me know when you require us to turn up. Christmas would be ideal as we could tape lots of flashing decs on and no doubt cause massive power failure for your area in the process. Then we could sit in our vans looking out smugly at your neighbours :) xx

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    9. Do you bring your own inflatable Santas which boom "ho ho ho" when you walk past and set off the PIR detector?

      Unless you can promise to do the job properly I'm not sure we should hire you.

      (BTW, do you know how Rachel and HG are, and whether things went OK yesterday?)

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    10. Haha, We can bring as many tacky decorations with us as you'd like and of course all Number 38-ers have matching Elf costumes that we wear. We can also erect a stable in the awning with cows, sheep, donkeys etc.

      On a more serious note after psyching themselves up the operation didn't go ahead on Monday but is taking place tomorrow. Rachel has updated her blog explaining why. xx

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    11. Saw Rachel's latest post, many thanks.

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  6. I love the look of your caravan (trailer over here). It looks very snazzy. Where is the first trip going to be to? Is there a place you store it when not in use?

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    1. Hi Janice. Our first trip will be to a site not far from our beloved Lytham. We went there a lot when Amy was little because it's also near Blackpool and she was addicted to the funfair.

      Yes, we've just sorted out storage today. It's some sort of caravan approved site which means our insurance will be a little cheaper as well, so good news there. xx

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  7. Very smart caravan.
    If only we still lived on the smallholding with our campsite, you could have visited. (Although we were Camping and Caravanning club, not quite so posh and exclusive as the Caravan Club!!)

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    1. I was thinking about your site Sue. What a shame we've just missed each other. I don't know about C&C not being as posh as CC. We joined CC last time we had a caravan because the one we used most back then was CC exclusive. Just thinking, maybe you could set a spot up just for us in your garden :) xx

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  8. Sounds like you made the right decision! I think you chose the best of both worlds - you'll have your own little vacation home and still be able to travel all over to see new places and enjoy new experiences. Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures!

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    1. Hi Bless, yes definitely the right decision and you've pretty much summed up how we felt. It will be our own home but not being stuck in the same place is the best bit. Funny how things work out isn't it. xx

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  9. Happy Caravaning! She looks lovely.

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    1. She's perfect. Can't wait to go away in her. I've already planned a few places for us to go to. No major holiday this year as we're off to Ireland, but I'm sure we'll squeeze a couple of long weekends or Mon-Fri breaks in. xx

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