All the thoughts and day dreams I had and now 'she' sits in my garden just as I'd always pictured her to be. For those of you who knew my dream and shared your lovely thoughts with me, can you believe it? Woo, hoo!!
You may be thinking I'm mad, but how has this finally happened at the ripe old age of 44? Especially after tears on my 40th as I had expectations, so disappointingly dashed at dinner by Dan, who pre-empting the fall out was telling me in a public place that I had in fact two hopes… Bob and none!
The incredible Janet, who amazingly heard my plea, responded and allowed me to take over her beloved Bow Top. I think she recognised in me the same feelings she had had when she first found her. And after all the years of pleasure she, her husband, children and grand children had experienced, wanted me to be her next owner. So, there were more tears but good ones this time!
Having established she was now mine, the task of manoeuvring her was the next tricky task and Janet's friend Jack became my best friend and ally. In fact, trading Dan in for such a lovely voiced man, who was willing to move heaven and earth to get "Gypsy" to me, was a distinct possibility as my husband now seemed to be thwarting all ideas and plans we came up with!
In fact Jack even hinted that my problem of moving her was in fact Dan! Though in Dan's defence, he, as always, could see the bigger picture and therefore the work he would have to put in!
I think you know that I have a tenacious streak, especially if it's ever implied that I can't do something…so that was that, with or without Dan's help she would be here.
Jack eventually found a gentleman who had experience in towing peculiar things! So finally at 3pm on April 13th after a long old drive, Bob and Gypsy arrived to Dan's yard. Ecstatic wasn't the word, I was like a child almost bursting inside and I couldn't stop the grin!
There she sat whilst she was worked on; she had lots of rotten bits that needed sorting. Whilst I didn't want to turn her into a perfect and new looking Bow Top, she obviously had sat outside for lots of years and was in need of lots of TLC.
I patiently waited (well ok I nagged incessantly) as I wanted her here so I could crack on and paint her. After one nag too many Dan realised life would be sweeter if he brought her to the house. That was the end of June and a beautiful sight to behold as I arrived back from QVC to see the children shouting out of the landing window "SUPRISE", and there she sat on the drive.
Now the fun bit - decorating!
At all opportunities Maddie and I have been out there with the paint brushes (coat number five I think inside!). Whilst she still needs the inside completing Dan agreed the time had come to knock out the wall, cut back the hedge, clear the space so she could be moved to her spot in the back garden.
There was absolutely NO room for even a fly to squeeze between her and the house wall. But, we did it and I couldn't be more happy!
I'm now bidding on Ebay and madly collecting all the vintage, old-fashioned fabrics I can for cushions and bunting; I've even borrowed Ali K's sewing machine.
My Mummy had even kept pieces of the fabric I had in my bedroom when I grew up and odd fabrics from our family home, so there'll be some wonderful memories and history too.
There's foam to be sourced for her benches and day bed at the back, my china tea cups and saucers that I've been collecting are in their box in the loft. I think I'll order some flameless candles from QVC too.
I'll open the doors to her soon and show you my little haven. In the meantime, keep dreaming and wishing and hoping and praying, and I hope your dream comes true too.
Claire "Rose Lee"