Saturday, 20 October 2012

New Member of the Family .....

The Sweetpeas have a new member of the family who I would like to introduce, meet Katie the T2 Camper.  Whilst the children had their Summer holidays we came across an advert for Katie and she was located not too far from us so we decided to take a look at her.  We travelled to her location with a friend who already owns a vintage camper to see if she was in good enough condition to buy, well it turns out she was :-)

Katie on her trip to her new home.

We have wanted one for some time but when it came to saying yes to buying her I felt a cold sweat running over me.  Since I was 19 we had only ever bought what we needed and not any big items that we wanted, unless something broke we would never replace it - we still have the pops and pans we were given when we married 15 years ago, yes some have missing lid handles but why replace them if they work?  We still have a 'big' tv in our bedroom, it still works so why buy a flat screen one .... you get the picture lol.  This made it very hard to buy something just because ..... just because we wanted to .... just because it would make us happy ...... just for fun!

Mr Sweetpea explained that she would be a good investment and that swayed me :-)  Ohhh am I glad he talked me round. She has been nothing but a joy to have so far ..... the Sweetpeas adore her.

Little Sweetpea loves seeing her when we get home and riding in her - obviously I had to make a retro Ele just to keep in Katie the Camper out of 1970s fabric to match her age.

They have all had dinner in her and picnics ......

She has taken us to Old Hunstanton beach with my crochet in the back :-)

Three generations of the men in my family have had many a happy minute laying looking at her from underneath ....... yep I don't know what they are looking at either but they seemed happy :-)

And best of all she makes us smile and everyone we drive past smiles at her too - oohhh and we get some fantastic waves from fellow camper owners.

Yes I did feel sick for about a week after buying her at the thought of spending all that money.  Yes I did feel sad taking her away from her previous owner (who looked on sadly as we drove away in her which made me have a few tears) and his partner, 4 yr old son and dog (the dog got so excited when we got her out to look at as he thought he was off to the beach and the son made friends with our little girl and wondered why we were taking the Camper away :-() but I hope we will do them proud looking after her and I am sure she is a good investment.  I am so glad Mr Sweetpea talked me into buying her afterall ...........

PS thanks so much for all your comments on my last blog post, little Sweetpea is settling into school well and I am now getting used to her being away from me too.  I still miss our time together and am coming to terms with her overtired tantrums due to being at school (she is throwing a tantrum as I type !) but I know we all have to move on with our lives :-(


  1. Your blog posts are such a joy to read. I hope you enjoy many fun adventures in Katie.

  2. Ah I had 'Bluebell' a 1973 Beetle who we re-homed when we had #4!! Till we can save enough pennies to get our very own little vintage camper I shall follow yours & Katie's adventures
    Keep dubbing

  3. Wonderful. I'm sure you'll have lots of adventures in her.

  4. Katie is gorgeous - love the baby blue colour. Am sure you'll have loads more adventures in her :)

    Bertie our caravan is standing outside wishing he could have some more trips away - I don't think that will happen now till next year - just too cold at night to think about it - such a shame.

  5. Katie looks like a joy to have. I'm sure you'll all have some wonderful adventures with her :)

  6. Lovely early Bay you have got yourselves - particularly liking the colour!!!

  7. Hello ~ I think Katie is just beautiful (especially the gorgeous blue colour) and I bet you will have fun times in her :) I had a 1971 white Beetle called Lucy and I was very sad to see her go when we had to sell her. Enjoy!
    Caroline xx

  8. Sweet!!! I can see why Katie nudged you out of your spending comfort zone. I totally would have caved too :-)

  9. oooh she's bloody lovely. good buy. Or 'investment' as cleggy would (wrongly) say!!!
    fee x

  10. She's lovely, especially the colour! I'm sure you'll all have some fab adventures!

  11. She is beautiful! I have to admit to being rather envious, I'd love a camper, I have a friend who owns one and they get so much joy out of her. You'll have so much fun, it'll be worth every penny. Bethx (thelinencat)

  12. She's fabulous. We bought an orange 1972 bay T2 from a friend last year and have loved using it this year, you won't regret it!

  13. I love, love, love your VW. I want one so bad. <3 May you have many, many miles of wonderful memories in it.


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