The Gathering, that is, not the plan to blog about it every day. We were too busy having fun to summon up the energy to tell the blogosphere about it daily. Sorry if we disappointed you.
So, how did it go? Very well, I think! Wednesday and Thursday were filled with preparations and shopping during the day and drinks and laughs in the evenings. There were only a small handful of early-birds, but great company.
This is Eric and Bill arriving on Thursday, after pushing their 300 motorhome all the way with a bubble!
Friday was the big day, with almost everyone else arriving.
There were some really nice outfits...
including this one, which belonged to the site owners, Eddy & jackie.
We had some lovely trailers and 'vans, including this combo of a 1961 and a 2009 Bambi...
And FIVE Airstream motorhomes!
There were some smashing old British, European and American caravans too, thanks to some new friends from the My Cool Caravan Facebook page.
The weather was, shall we say, challenging at times. I managed to get a bit of a tan, but it could just be windburn. Strong gusts and the occasional horizontal rain made us run for the barn at times, but I think spirits were generally high, even for the poor souls under canvas!
This was our fifth Gathering and a bit of a departure for us. For the first time, we joined up with other caravanners and I think the result was spectacular. Everyone seemed particularly excited about the "open house" on the Saturday afternoon and the chance to have a nose around all these fantastic machines was taken up by almost everyone. Altogether we got 25 Airstreams and 11 cool caravans and motorhomes together, and they all looked amazing!
I don't know what it is that makes Airstreamers click, but they share a trait or two with vintage caravan owners. Everyone who came was a pleasure to meet, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them all for coming and sharing their pride and joys. And I'd especially like to thank Eddy & Jackie of Victoria Farm for being so helpful and accommodating.
I can't speak for everyone else, but we had a great time.