Last weekend, our friend (who stores our caravan) phoned to ask if someone she knew could borrow it to holiday with his 2 young children......no problem!
So we went and collected the caravan in order to give it a clean and a once over of all the appliances and clear out the water tubes....we don't want cases of Legionnaires on our hands!!!!
So....when we picked up Miss Flossie Vanroyce (Flossie-van for short), she looked a VERY sad specimen...look.....
We realised that we had put her into storage in the Autumn of 2010, we hadn't managed to even visit the old girl last year!
We were concerned that she would have burst pipes, maybe a frozen pump, damp spots...the horrors that may be lurking!!!
But as she was so embarassing filthy and we simply could not expose our poor neighbours to the shabbiness of Flossie-van, Hubs and I decided the first job was a good wash!
One of our lovely neighbours lent us a long reach brush for the roof, it was invaluable seeing as I'm the tallest at 5ft 5"!!!
We had some help from Teenage Daughter and Tiddly Toes.....
THAT is some serious scrubbing!!...
All 4 of us scrubbed for about an hour....boy was it HARD work! But look how beautifully the old girl came up........
Fantastic isn't it? Well, that was last weekend, this is this weekend........
Do you like the patriotic bunting? It went up for the Jubilee and (as I love it soooooo much)....I thought I'd leave it up for the Olympics!!
This weekend we were supposed to be having a romantic weekend away....it ended up being dinner out on Friday night and our girls returning to us Saturday lunchtime so we decided to crack on with the interior of Flossie-van.
Hubs flushed the water through, got the boiler to ignite and run, lit the oven, grill and all 4 gas rings and even managed to light the heater which at the flick of a switch becomes warm air heating!! Very upmarket for a totally ancient van!
All week I've been opening her up and letting the air in, not that she smelled musty or anything.....I just thought it would do her good (and let the creepy crawlies escape!)
This is the LOVELY (!!! HUR-HERM!!!) interior in attractive shades of peachy/pink, beige and brown!!...
There are two sofas like this either side of the table, a huge cupboard and a loo with shower and sink!!
We have a fridge (with freezer compartment, no less!), and the pic below is the oven, 4 ring hob and grill (under a glass top!), hot running water (now working!) and LOADS of storage....what more could you want!?
I do think she needs a bit of cheering up....look at the state of that blind....YUK!!!
I'd love to give her a bit of treatment similar to the caravans over on my Pinterest board called Makeovers for Miss Flossie Vanroyce.
I'm also greatly inspired by Lucy of Attic24, her family have Connievan, if you follow the link you will see that she has the same dire decor as us (Flossie-van is a 2 berth and I think Connievan is at least a 4 berth). Take a look at Lucy's improvements....she also has a Pinterest board called Caravan Dreams.
So with all this inspiration in mind, the blanket photographed here, is a splash of colour destined to grace Flossie-van and I have been eyeing a new blind from Argos, I'd love red....but it won't go with the beige look and I can't change it ALL at the same time.....what to do? Will the red look odd for now?
I also have some colourful fabric that I was going to turn into cushion covers for the 'attractive' peachy/pink ones!
Anyway...it is a work in progress.....clean and tidy and ready for action!
I think my next post is likely to be the Pinaddicts Challenge tomorrow.....please take a look at all the entries and join in the fun with an entry of your own!