Vintage Breaks

Campervans, caravans, sheds, tiny houses in trees and my diary of a vintage holiday park.

A New Kitchen



 Photos from Pinterest

I know I have been away for ages I have been writing sporadically on my other blog but really want to find a way to combine them into one. Anyway today I am quite excited that we are having a new kitchen. For a while now we have wanted a new floor and more cupboards and drawers instead of the open shelving we already had. Everything gets so dusty on the open shelves and I have been hoping to make our house more tidy and less cluttered.

Obviously this will happen as soon as the new kitchen is finished. We will be living in a clutter free space filled only with beautiful yet useful things…….of course that won’t happen there will still be a pile of receipts and junk mail on the side along with random screws and drill bits. I expect the dogs collars won’t miraculously hang themselves on the hooks and Peggy will still deposit shoes and boots across the floor!

So far the new floor has been put down and waxed. The cabinets are all but finished, so many new places to put things! We are just putting our new tiles up and they look great. We chose patterned ones which makes up for the fact that all our walls are too uneven for wallpaper. I am really looking forward to getting some photos to share on here, but for now I have chosen some Pinterest inspiration. Hopefully after the weekend I can take some pictures of the finished room although we are off to Amsterdam for  few days so maybe when we get back.

See you soon x


Decorating with maps

I have had my head so far under the tarpaulin painting the endless molly croft that I have completely missed Halloween which is a shame as I like making pumpkins and adding a few spooky touches to the wagons. However one of the dilemmas I have been thinking over has been the walls of the Duchess. In the past I have used maps to decorate with, I love maps.

The other day it occurred to me while I was trying to pin down my wallpaper choice that maybe I could use some of my old maps instead. I have got a sample of some Mulberry wallpaper that I really like but I haven’t ordered it yet and there is just a small niggling feeling that it isn’t quite right. Anyway due to the disappointing lack of Halloween in our house here is my pick of map love!


I should say that I found all these pictures on Pinterest and you can find them dotted around amongst my boards!

See you soon for part 2 of our Scottish road trip.x


Scottish Road Trip no. 1

Well we have just returned from our little jaunt to Scotland and we have had such a wonderful time! We packed up the Errol van…that is our stealthy Transit camper and drove off into the sunset for a few weeks. Our ultimate destination was the Outer Hebrides, Lewis and Harris. We spent our first night in Gretna Green, no we didn’t get married, yes it did rain enough to drown my i phone! On our second night after driving around the stunningly beautiful Loch Lomond we stopped in Fort William. I will never get over the beautiful scenery in Scotland it really is one of the best places I have ever been.

I have been to Fort William before and it was nice to be back we stayed at the Glen Nevis Campsite (dogs allowed). It is a great campsite good value for money with lovely warm, clean showers and even a hairdryer. There is a shop, a restaurant, everything you need really and all nestled at the bottom of the famous Ben Nevis.

The weather wasn’t great so we didn’t try to climb Ben Nevis instead we followed one of the many woodland trails starting from the Braveheart car park….actually built for the filming of said movie! Our route took us up around the hill out of the woods with some great views of Fort William!




Peggy loved it she was in heaven pretty much from the moment she set her paws on Scottish soil.

Best of all we discovered a ‘secret’ hideout! Walking down the path through the woodland we saw a sign carved into the forest floor Outlandia it said. A wooden path wove it’s way through the trees and so of course we had to follow it. Honestly it is the closest I have come to Narnia and then at the end of the path to our delight we discovered a tree house.




Obviously it was locked, a tiny part of me as I tried the door hoped it would be open. I wanted so badly to stand inside and look out over what must have been a truly amazing view, perhaps put the kettle on and sink into an armchair to watch the birds or cuddle up under a patchwork duvet and listen to the wind in the trees.


Instead we spent a few hours wondering how we could add a forest to Spring Park and fill it with tiny tree houses. It turns out Outlandia is a space for artists, inspired by childhood dens and forest outlaws. Quietly waiting there, hidden amongst the trees for the next artist to arrive.

Now what can I possibly propose that would allow me to spend a whole week there, me and Peggy would go like a shot!


I hope you enjoyed the first part of our Scottish Road trip, we also did a lot of bike exploring and I acquired some great new maps to add to my collection. I can’t wait to share the rest of our travels! x



The Goodwood Revival 2014

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I am back yes it’s been a long time, I have no excuses! I have just spent a wonderful weekend at The Goodwood Revival where I was helping my friends at HOUNDWORTHY on their wonderful stall.

I returned inspired and refreshed so Goodwood seems like the perfect topic to get this blog back on track. I am not sure where I ought to start, in fact since I could rabbit on for hours and hours about how much I enjoyed the revival I think I will mainly be sharing some of my favourite photos from the weekend.


Early morning before the crowds arrived and the mod’s are lining up outside Tescos!



The cars were amazing, I do love looking at vintage cars and I fell in love with the panel van from the Demon Drome!



I had the best time dressing up every day and how amazing to get my makeup done at Betty’s Salon! I wish that could happen now I am home. Actually I would really just like to pack up all the wagons and live there forever.










Hope you enjoyed the pictures we are just packing the van ready to go on our Scottish road trip, so many exciting things happening at Spring Park! Tomorrow I will be sharing my mums recipe for the tasty chocolate and almond cakes we sometimes leave for lucky guests. So many people have asked for the recipe I thought it was about time!

See you soon x



Peach and Plum colour inspiration


Today I have been inspired by the blooming of Mum’s tulips particularly those outside The Old Potting Shed which are looking lovely. It’s hard to get a really nice photo of them but I had to settle for this one!

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Also just to let everyone know I will be writing a blog on our new website which all going well should be up next week. It will be in the form of our Whats on page and will tell everyone the great things to do around here. I have started a new blog called The Eagle and Other Bikes this is to be my personal blog where I will be continuing with all my colourful inspirations and style posts, you will also find a healthy dose of my bikes in there as it is becoming an obsession of mine!

Weekend at Spring Park

Last weekend we invited all our friends from Falmouth College, some of whom we haven’t seen for almost fourteen years to come and visit us at Spring Park. We had such an amazing weekend with them and their families that I thought I might share a few photos with you here. Unusually for me I didn’t take a single picture but luckily Bruce did so here are some of his photos.


Chloe and Benita relaxing in the sunshine outside the Duke, we were lucky with the weather apart from a bit of sea mist it stayed clear we were able to go out for walks, eat our dinner on the BBQ and sit around the campfire watching the stars in the evening.


Bruce took some great photos around the campfire he even managed to get the stars in. Here we all are outside the Maiden sitting around the fire pit.



Apart from the fact that we all found it much harder to stay up past twelve o clock it was lovely to see that none of us had really changed at all. It was as if we had never been apart, I hope we will get to do it again before another fourteen years go flying past!


Mr Featherstone kept a beady eye on the proceedings he does a great job of guarding the gate! I will see you soon Bruce took loads more photos and they are far too good to keep to ourselves!


A New Girl at Spring Park

On Monday morning at 6am our new Showman’s Wagon the Duchess began her journey to Spring Park. She had to come across from the Isle of Wight on the ferry, luckily the company who had originally brought her to the island were able to collect her and bring her to us.

By 11.30 she was making her way up the lane from the village, we were worried it wouldn’t fit up the road but the driver seemed to have no problem at all. We hadn’t seen the Duchess for over a month since we went to look at her and Paddy and Mum hadn’t seen her at all so this was our first view of her.

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I watched her coming down the ramp with my heart in my mouth imagine her having come all this way only to topple on to her side in front of the gates. Also would she look in a worse state in the day light and having traveled though all that rain maybe she would be awash inside. However they got her down from the lorry and in through the gates with relative ease.

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Here she is squeezing through the gate ready to go to her new home.

We have put her on a plot next to The Duke and I think they will be great friends earlier when I walked round the path and saw her over the fence it was as if she was always there!

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Here’s mum climbing down I think one of our first jobs will be some stairs for her front door and the waste ground you see will become a beautiful English garden. We think the Duchess was built during the 1940’s so I think some of her garden should be made over to vegetables and become a victory garden.