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Time brings what it will

I feel that because it has been such a long time that I have been doing this… let’s call it a ‘project’ – that I need to somehow explain what has been happening. I haven’t written anything because I wasn’t comfortable with sharing something that wasn’t finished. My writing or my project. I have managed to shake the idea that I need to perfectly wrap up four years of activities into one neat post. Instead I’m just going to try to write about what I know now.

*Deep breath*

mirror clock

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A splash of colour

I have two little caravans in my block. The littler one is a little… drab.

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Grass grows

People are nice. Sometimes you forget that. Which makes it all the sweeter when a nice person reminds you.

Over the winter months I did not get much of a chance to get up to my block. When I did get up there last weekend it was to discover that the winter rain had been pretty good to the grass. Very good in fact.

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Demolition

When I first starting working on the van, I was too excited to take any photos.

It did not take me long to start pulling things apart. First to go was the end of the u-shaped bench seat. That was quickly followed by layers of vinyl floor covering.

By the time I thought to take any photos, my Dad, nephew and I had pulled out all the soft furnishings, ripped up the flooring, and removed all the cupboard doors.

Pulling apart the cupboards

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Little house on a hill

I took possession of my little block of land in November 2012. Here’s what I found.

The block is bare, except for two caravans and a ‘shower shack’ (I cannot think of a better term). They are set-up well enough that I should be able to renovate them a little.

The block is covered in burrs. It actually used to have a saw mill on it and the clay soil has been neglected for many years (dry and hard – very hard).

But it has a natural slope toward the front of the block and the view is pretty good.

blockview

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A little idea

It was some time in my late 20s that I started to daydream about buying a little boat and living in the country, creating my own little gypsy-artist fantasy life. It was the freedom of time that really appealed to me.

I soon discovered though that there are lots of barriers (legal, financial) to living on a boat. Such a pity. I wish we had a community of gypsy boat-people playing Django Reinhardt. Sigh.

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