Six Word Saturday: nearly the end of the holidays

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Dorothy, Isabella and Joy Dove, Cascade Creek camping ground, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. c. 1939. Photo: Gray-Dove Family Archives.

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10 thoughts on “Six Word Saturday: nearly the end of the holidays

    • Isn’t it amazing? I found this photo a couple of days ago, having never seen it before. The children are my partner’s mother and aunt. I must ask about the caravan. I was assuming it to be a fold-up sort of arrangement. I don’t know if it was their own and they towed it behind a car, or if they hired it at the campsite. The family lived about 200km from where the photo was taken, and it’s very hilly terrain (an understatement — it’s the Southern Alps). Even today the roads are steep and windy. I can’t imagine what it must have been like in 1939 when the roads would all have been gravel. Hard enough with a car, let alone one towing a caravan!

  1. I think you will find that those side beds/seats fold in, and then can be used as shelving to store the camping stuff while travelling. My husband’s grandpa made a pop-top back in the olden days, being an upholsterer it is fitted with beds and seats. Pull out four pins and the top slides down to meet the lower half! Rob’s mum said the people in caravans would all look when they rocked up – put up the top, rolled up the tarps and let the evening breeze waft through the fly mesh.

    It’s precious photo you have there. PS (don’t worry about commenting. I know you’re travelling. Have fun!)

    • That’s brilliant Christine. I figured it had to fold down somehow, and am wondering it was was made by the Dove family, or bought. Must find out when I get back. Yes, am in Bordeaux at the moment celebrating the boy-child’s birthday 🙂

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