This time, we took the car with us and from Southampton, we found ourselves crossing the water for just an hour aboard a little Red Funnel ferry.
There were some pretty cool sights as we neared the shore. A Union flag adorned warehouse? Who would have thought it? Guessed where we're going yet?
How about now, when you see all these lovely sailing yachts at the marina as we near the harbour?
Well done if you've guessed and if not, here's a whopping great clue, vintage style!
Ah yes, for this was to be a true vintage style holiday. Getting warmer?
I'm being kind to you now...
Are you squealing with excitement yet? Well I am!
Yes, we spent our week in a field! But not just any old field, I mean a field in the middle of nowhere, but a field home to these shiny beauties...
Time for the HenHouse gang to have a truly vintage vacation...
...for our home for the rest of the week was this cheeky little 1959 Overlander. An airstream trailer. A silver bullet. Yes, the Munchkin was hyperventilating as we drove into the field!
You mean you want to see inside? Well, I don't blame you, I couldn't wait to get in myself!
First things first, though. We'd better toast the occasion with a glass of Babycham.
Perhaps whilst lounging on this jaunty looking banquette in our little living area (also to become our bed each night).
Afterwards, we can wash up in the dinky kitchenette. Everything you need is there: fridge, gas cooker, toaster, kettle and every utensil and pot and pan you can think of. And a vintage tablecloth. And a vintage knitted tea cosy. Oh I am impressed!
And the Munchkin? Well he has his own veritable suite!
A spot of bedtime reading has been thoughtfully provided (there are vintage board games in the cupboard too).
Perhaps this one is for me!
Ah yes, this shall do nicely!
Feeling very excited, we are lucky that the majority of our holiday spent on the Isle of Wight is accompanied by radiant sunshine so we spend as much time as possible outdoors. Time to pop outside to our trailer's very own stripey deck chairs and gaily painted picnic bench for afternoon tea, provided for us by Helen and Fraser, owners of the marvellous Vintage Vacations. (We never go anywhere armed without West Country cider if we can help it!)
Out and about the field, there is much to enjoy whilst taking in the view. There are ten silver bullets in the field for rent and a few other gorgeous caravans which are hired out for commercial shoots and "jamborees" which might be a special weekend's camping on location, for a hen party for example.
I pretty much fell head over heels for this one and whiled away many an hour in the evenings planning my grand soft furnishing makeover!
The Munchkin was rather taken by the spam can.
And ooooh, but I do love a romantic gypsy caravan!
I love it even more once I set eyes on the interior...
And I very much love the rosy fabric on that bench seat.
Just in case you were worrying, we were well provided for when it came to our ablutions! There is a modern and clean toilet and shower block, plenty of hot, gushing water at any time. A tad chilly at night, much leg crossing going on there, but really lovely in the warmth of the morning sun!
Need some eggs and bacon for breakfast? Some homemade cakes or jam, local honey or apple juice? Then the honesty hut is the place for you and Mr HH goes on a dawn raid.
Naturally, never one to pass up a retail opportunity, I am more interested in the two little huts full of goodies for sale: vintage clothes and china, handcrafted hair accessories and cards, silver airstream-shaped baubles for the Christmas tree. Lovely!
Hmm, decisions, decisions...
Ah yes, we had a pretty blissful time here. I confess my admittedly arthritic back was very happy to be reunited with its Tempur bed at home last Saturday night, but there is no doubting that this was a very special experience indeed. I think this is one holiday which is long going to last in a certain person's memory...
And once the mini person was tucked up cosily in his very comfy bed, it was just as much fun for the adults!
Next post we're going out and about on the beautiful Isle of Wight? Coming?