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A Gypsy Caravan Weekend - Something Completely Different!

Updated on January 23, 2013
Me with 'Jack'
Me with 'Jack' | Source

The Roaming Spirit Of The Gypsy

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a ‘free spirit’ I love the outdoors, am passionate about nature and although I have settled down in later years, my roaming ways always raised the question did my veins carry gypsy blood?

When my sister, Jackie and brother in law, Dik told us they had booked a gypsy caravan weekend and did we want to join them, I jumped at the chance - this was an opportunity for the gypsy in me to be set free!

Life seems so hectic these days, we seem to be rushing from one activity to the next, where do all the hours go in a day? I am sure as you get older the days get shorter!

A relaxing and get away from it all weekend in the beautiful surroundings of the Pewsey Vale in Wiltshire sounded so idyllic and inviting.

On The Road!

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A Gypsy Caravan Weekend

The gypsy caravan weekend was booked through White Horse Gypsy Caravans run by Polly Carson and based in Pewsey Vale. Polly's love for her horses is reciprocated by their love for her which was so evident by their immediate excitement every time she appeared.

The three night break is well organised and Polly so friendly, helpful, fun and welcoming that you immediately realise, this is where you belong and three nights is nowhere near long enough to live a dream!

Meeting Jack and Tom - A Couple of Characters!

Sharing a Joke with Tom
Sharing a Joke with Tom | Source
Jack satisfying an Itch!
Jack satisfying an Itch! | Source

A Well Organised Route

The gypsy caravan is perfect for two people with a bed that opens out, storage space and even a small stove. Although I pleaded with Jackie and Dik there was no way they could squeeze Nick and I in for the night too! So we booked our overnight accommodation at Weir Cottage in Patney Weir. This was perfectly situated for our route and we even drove the caravan past the cottage on the Saturday!

The three day break is well organised, with a daily route set out to encompass the beautiful secluded quiet villages along the country lanes, that conveniently incorporate the local pubs for lunch and evening!

Polly reassuringly checks in on us at our stops to ensure we are where we are meant to be and still sober!


Grooming The Horses

My sister and I grooming Jack
My sister and I grooming Jack | Source
My sister and I with my brother in law grooming Jack
My sister and I with my brother in law grooming Jack | Source
A last brush for Jack, ready in his harness.
A last brush for Jack, ready in his harness. | Source
Dik cleaning Jack's hooves
Dik cleaning Jack's hooves | Source

Meeting Jack And Tom

Although Jackie and I were both brought up with horses in our lives, we knew nothing about harnessing a horse to a caravan. So firstly we were trained by Polly on how to harness the horse, generally look after him and given our route for each day.

We were introduced to ‘Jack’ our horse and ‘Tom’ who pulled the other caravan, Polly has two caravans that work the same route over the three days within about half an hour of each other.

We groomed Jack first thing in the morning and after our lunchtime break. There was something reassuring about having a curry comb and dandy brush in hand and Jackie and I soon began reminiscing about our childhood days of when we had our own pony ‘Bandit’

We brushed Jack’s coat until it was ‘gleaming’ and then harnessed him up ready to set off.

Polly arrived to check everything was done correctly and after discussing our route for the day, excitement mounted as we climbed aboard our caravan and were on our way.

Dik watches out for traffic as we approach a bend
Dik watches out for traffic as we approach a bend | Source

It's The Gypsy Life For Me!

The picturesque surroundings of the Pewsey Vale, with the thatched cottages and small villages is the ideal location to enjoy at the leisurely pace of the gypsy caravan.

It certainly felt a leisurely pace while sitting on the caravan, but I was surprised when I got off to take photos, Jack set a brisk pace and it proved to be quite challenging to get a decent photo!

Polly bought both Tom and Jack from gypsies and although they were used to pulling a caravan, still needed to be trained to their new environment, work and route.

Not only did Jack react to the rein, he also responded immediately to vocal commands.

Although there was little traffic on the country lanes, there were occasions when we had to pass parked vehicles or cars needed to overtake us. We would tell Jack “Come in Jack” or “Come out Jack” and his response would be immediate.

One of us would be the ‘front walker’ if we were approaching a blind corner or junction, they were responsible to alert and direct traffic.

Enjoying The Countryside

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Tom chatting to neighboursJack with us in towPoppy fieldsJust Jack, us and the countrysideBeautiful countrysideTom & Jack with their neighbours
Tom chatting to neighbours
Tom chatting to neighbours | Source
Jack with us in tow
Jack with us in tow | Source
Poppy fields
Poppy fields | Source
Just Jack, us and the countryside
Just Jack, us and the countryside | Source
Beautiful countryside
Beautiful countryside | Source
Tom & Jack with their neighbours
Tom & Jack with their neighbours | Source

Thatched Properties

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Beautiful thatched cottages on route, these photos were taken from the caravan.Seven Stars Inn
Beautiful thatched cottages on route, these photos were taken from the caravan.
Beautiful thatched cottages on route, these photos were taken from the caravan. | Source
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Seven Stars Inn
Seven Stars Inn | Source

Our Lunchtime Break

At lunchtime we arrived at our allocated route stop, a beautiful quiet and peaceful meadow. We detached the caravan and stripped Jack of the harness, rewarded him with loads of pats and hugs and off he trotted to enjoy the meadow.

We trotted off to the pub next door and had a fabulous lunch! After a couple of hours break enjoyed by us and Jack, we returned to the meadow. Jack was happily grazing and looked up at our approach, he knew the procedure and made his way over.

Having Fun!

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Our Gypsy Campfire

Our Gypsy Campfire
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Our Gypsy Campfire

Our afternoon route took us through more idyllic and peaceful villages, everyone waved as we passed by. The stunning countryside and views seems to stretch for miles, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Sunny weather in England is always a bonus, especially this year! Although we had some sunny intervals, there were plenty of showers too.

We arrived late afternoon at the overnight stop, a very pretty meadow, as the clouds were building and the sky darkening.

Although our meadow was next to the Seven Stars Inn, we had already planned on keeping to the ‘gypsy’ theme and would build a campfire to cook our evening meal.

It started raining as Dik collected the firewood, Jackie started preparing the food and Nick and I went to the pub to get drinks.

The Landlord knew we were with the caravan in the meadow and we received a very friendly welcome. The pub was busy and the food smelt delicious, how tempting it was to stay there!

Instead Nick and I carried the four drinks out of the pub into the now pouring rain, balancing glasses and umbrellas as we climbed over two gates and manoeuvred our way past a curious Tom and Jack into the meadow. We looked up and could see smoke, this was promising as we were getting pretty hungry by now!

Although Dik had done a fantastic job of collecting firewood, the wood was very wet after all the rain, so it took some time to get the fire going…..

We tried not to think about how warm and cosy it was in the pub, as we shivered in the now torrential rain - we were gypsies after all!

Three hours later, our spirits lifted as dinner was served, still balancing our umbrellas we tucked into our delicious sausage but somewhat waterlogged lettuce and knocked back our watered down beer and drank to the gypsy life!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi suzette, it certainly seemed to bring out the 'gypsy' in me - I can't wait to do it again!

      Thank you so much for stopping by, it's always good to see you, I hope everything is good with you, take care Lesley

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a charming and quaint way to spend an few days or a weekend. I have never heard of this. I don't think we have this in the U.S. Another reason to get to the English countryside one of these days. How fun this sounds and looks. Your photos are great, Lesley. This is great for the 'gypsy' in all of us. Thanks for sharing your caravan days with us. So wonderful!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peg, thank you joining us on our fun weekend, it's always good to have your company, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, thank you for your comments!

      Have a fabulous day, best wishes Lesley

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This has to be the coolest idea ever for an adventure. Nearly as good as being there with your excellent narrative and interesting and gorgeous pictures. Wow, you and your sister are beautiful and what a great memory maker this must have been for the four of you. Wonderful hub.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Thundermama, thank you for visiting and your great comments, they are much appreciated!

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      What a delightful hub! So glad I stumbled across it and you as a writer. You paint quite a lovely picture and have so many tremendous photos. Would love to do this one day.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Paddy, I'm glad to hear you are feeling much better, I will look forward to reading your wonderful writing again soon!

      Take care and all the best, Lesley

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I am doing ok. Had a few health problems lately but getting better. Been taking a little break from writing. Will be back soon.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Paddy, how are you - I hope all is well with you, thank you for visiting!

      Yes, I am sure you are right, there is a bit of gypsy in all of us!

      Take care and sending my best wishes Lesley

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Hi MM

      Three cheers to the gypsy life! I think there is a little gypsy in all of us. Great pictures as usual.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Eddy, we had a fantastic time on our gypsy caravan weekend and can't wait to do it again - I can highly recommend it for something different!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Well what a gem and I do envy you so much ;I can just imagine you going from place to place in the Gypsy caravan.

      An up up and away here and enjoy your days out.

      Eddy.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi MJ, dishy lasses eh? well you have made my day!!

      Mmmm, HOTD if only....

      Yes, we certainly had a blast and am looking forward to doing it again next year - if you are looking for a fun weekend that's a bit different, I can definitely recommend a gypsy caravan!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, they are much appreciated, have a great weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      mjkearn 5 years ago

      Hi Movie Master,

      WOW, what a hub, what a find and what an author. I have to apologise since I came across your pics on a search for something else but when I saw the caravan, well of course I had to stop and have a look. Yep, I'm familiar with these modes of transport, then again I'm familiar with anything that has wheels, ha.

      Amazing pics that do the horses and caravan such justice, not to forget the two very dishy lasses with them. Now don't go telling my partner I said that.

      Definitely HOTD material. I have worked maintenance on some of these caravans here in Ireland but have to confess and be shamed that I have never holidayed in one. That said your hub has rekindled my love of these. Looks like you had a blast.

      Voted up and the rest and more if it was available. Thanks so much for writing,

      MJ.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Your cousins, thank you for stopping by and your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Your Cousins 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is an extraordinary Hub. I loved reading about your gypsy adventure and the photos are so awesome I could almost visualize myself on this journey with you.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi moonlake, the countryside was lovely and the poppies gorgeous! thank you for your comments, votes and share, they are much appreciated:-)

      Have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I just loved this I don't know how I missed this hub. The poppies are so pretty. All your photos were very nice. I always thought my Dad's family had gypsy in them they never could settle down in one place. Voted up and shared.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sharyn, when we do it again next year, I will give you a shout!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your lovely comments, my best wishes to you, Lesley

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      OMG Lesley ~ what a cool hub. I love it. Can I please come travel with you. I really need a change in my life, ha. I knew when I clicked on this I would view beautiful pictures as usual, but this, well this is just awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your journey.

      Sharyn

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi chef-de-jour, yes it's beautiful countryside and the locals do have a twist in their accents - what a friendly lot they are too!

      No, you don't see many gypsies about these days - it's a great experience to try it out for a few days though!!

      Many thanks for your comments, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Great fun holiday with a difference. Lovely part of the world, dreamy looking and don't the locals have a bit of a twist in their accents? You don't see many real gypsies travelling like this now but my old mother says they were a common sight in the 50's and 60's camping on roadside verges and so on. Times have moved on but your hub proves how enjoyable an experience it can be for wanderlustians.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mary, I had overlooked adding a map - Wiltshire is in central southern England, not far from Stonehenge. We also saw the white chalk hillside horses and stone circle that this area is famous for - another future hub!!

      I believe Jack and Tom are gypsy cobs.

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your comments, votes and share.

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vellur, yes, it was a fantastic experience, we had a great time!

      Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, have a great day, best wishes lesley

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      As an old horse woman, I wondered what kind of horse Jack is?? He was beautiful, that's for sure. What a nice "get a way"! I'm not familiar with that part of the world...wish you had included a map of where you were.

      Beautiful Hub. I voted it UP, etc. and I will certainly share.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome hub and wonderful pics, it must have been a fantastic experience, voted up.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi KDuBarry03, cooking on the campfire was definitely the way to go - shame about the weather, we were really struggling to get the fire going in the torrential rain. When the sausages were finally cooked, they were very tasty!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vinaya, it sounds as though you have gypsy blood for sure - maybe you will get to find out one day.....

      Thank you for stopping by and your great comments, enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      This definitely sounded like a fun and educational experience :) How was the food, by the way? :) I am always interested in this culture and its background!

      Thank you so much for sharing! Voted up and across the board.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      My ancestors were nomadic people who arrived in Nepal in the 11th century. Maybe it is in my blood that I so much crave for gypsy life. Thanks for sharing your experience and wonderful pictures.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jackie, Tom and Jack were so well trained, they knew the proceedure. As soon as their harness was on they were anxious to set off! They knew the route, so they responded immediately to the rein and voice - thank goodness!!

      I shall look forward to hearing about your adventure, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading about mine!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well so glad I found this, sure didn't get any notice. Love it, we must be so much alike! I sure envy you this! I have a great adventure planned I hope to share but nothing so close to nature like this that I would really love. Fantastic pics as always. I have to ask though was there a button on Tom's butt or how did you make him go?

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi annemaeve, yes I think Jack and Tom both enjoyed their work, they had a lovely friendly temperament!

      We were struggling a bit in the torrential rain with our campfire, but it was still great fun:-)

      Thank you so much for your comments, enjoy your day best wishes Lesley

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      annemaeve 5 years ago from Philly Burbs

      Wow thank you for sharing such an awesome vacation!! Those horses looked just as happy as you did, and kudos for sticking to your campfire plans even when it got cold and rainy!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Derdriu, it's just a very small cooking stove to boil a kettle or to heat something up in a pan - as we were struggling to get the fire going it came in handy to fry the onions!

      I must admit while we were out in the torrential rain trying to cook the sausages on the fire, I did start to wonder if perhaps I was just a 'fairweather gypsy!'

      Thank you again for joining us on one of our adventures, it's always good to have your company!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Lesley, Isn't it amazing that one place can be experienced through horse-drawn gypsy caravans and thatched houses as well as by modern cars, inns and roads?

      But it seems to me that cold weather, heavy snow and unremitting rain are strong arguments for modern conveniences!

      Is the caravan's stove just for cooking food or does it help make the inside cosy, snug and warm on a cold, overcast, rainy day?

      Up + UFABI.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for taking us along on your adventurous weekend and with best wishes always to you and Nick and your families, Derdriu

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Sheila, it was a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful villages, country lanes and thatched cottages - I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, thank you for your lovely comments and votes!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Deborah, the gypsy caravan is an experience I can highly recommend! it was so much fun:-)

      Thank you for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Stephanie, yes I can certainly recommend a gypsy caravan - maybe you should go ahead with the trade in!!

      Many thanks for your comments, votes and share, it's much appreciated!

      Best wishes lesley

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful trip! The countryside looks so beautiful and I love the thatched roofs on the cottages! Jack is a beautiful horse as well as Tom. What a wonderful trip. I know you enjoyed yourself! Your pictures are awesome. Voted this up and more!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      What a terrific way to spend a weekend! Your photos are wonderful, as always.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      This looks like so much fun, and your photos were just lovely! What a great adventure! It makes me want to trade our RV for a horse and cute little Gypsy caravan! :) Voted up and shared!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Kamalesh, yes it was a great adventure, we had so much fun!

      Thank you for your lovely comments and votes - I hope all is well with you, have a good week, best wishes Lesley

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Wow, what a great adventure! Very much enjoyed the hub, it is wonderful and so interesting. The photos are all truly brilliant - Thank you for sharing. Voted Up & Awesome. Best wishes, Kamalesh

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sally, Many thanks for joining us on the gypsy caravan experience and for the votes!

      Glad you enjoyed it, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Docmo, I can certainly recommend the gypsy caravan experience!

      I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your super comments and votes, I hope you get the chance to experience it for yourself sometime!

      All the best, Lesley

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a wonderful treat! The photos make me feel as though I'm right there with you. Up, beautiful, amazing!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Lesley... This must be one of the most idyllic, gorgeous, relaxing, unique holiday the ed hub I have read in a very long time. This beautifully experienced, written and illustrated piece wouldn't be out of place in a high end travel mag. You have the ability to capture the true spirit of this holiday full of wanderlust and wonderment. Outstanding and I wish I could do this sometime! Voted up all the way to the stars.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, thank you for joining us on our gypsy adventure!

      How I loved this pace of life, the wonderful countryside and especially 'Jack & Tom' I can't wait to do it again, I hope you have chance to try it some time!

      Best wishes and take care, Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi lord, glad you enjoyed this gypsy adventure across the pond!

      The photo of the campfire was taken after breakfast was cooked, it was all great fun, you can't beat a bit of countryside life!

      All the best, Lesley

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh what a great idea! Now I want to go on one of these adventures. Your photos, information and everything about this Hub makes me thrilled. Thank you so much for taking us on your journey. It is so cool.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      You took usbback in time. Pubs, little romance, music and groomming. Countryside life keeps calling our souls. Excellent views of that other side of the pond. Would've loved to cook on that camp fire next to Daniel Boone and Robin Hood...Okay William tell, you too!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi prasetio, I'm so pleased you have enjoyed reading, thank you for your great comments and votes!

      Have a fabulous weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b.Malin, Wiltshire is a very pretty area and was perfect for the gypsy experience, thank you for joining us and your great comments!

      Best wishes lesley

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...wow...wow...Can I say wow again. This was amazing hub. I love all the pictures above and I don't have chance to blink my eyes because of its beauty. Good job, Lesley. I love the spirit of Gypsy from this hub. Voted up and pressing all buttons. Cheers :-)

      Prasetio

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Wow, what Fun MM...I feel like I was along for the bumpy ride and Laughs! I Loved looking at all the pictures, they really brought your words to life. Wiltshire is Beautiful, and looks like the perfect ride for a Gypsy Caravan. Thanks for sharing.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alicia, Jack was great company and he seemed to love his work!

      It was a wonderful experience, thank you so much for reading and your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi dbuddhika, thank you so much for reading and your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, it was a wonderful way to unwind - I only wish it could have been for longer!

      Wiltshire is the perfect location for a gypsy caravan with its's fabulous countryside and thatched cottages.

      I believe the horses are gypsy cobs.

      Many thanks for your comments, votes and share, they are much appreciated, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What an unusual and interesting holiday! Jack sounds like a wonderful character. I would love to travel along country roads in a gypsy caravan with a friendly horse for company. Thanks for sharing an entertaining hub with lovely photos, Lesley.

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      dbuddhika 5 years ago

      I am really enjoying your article.

      Great photos as always!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      I loved this!!! What a terrific way to unwind and slow down the pace of life if only for three days. Your descriptions and photos of the gypsy caravan weekend were wonderful. Those thatched cottages are so pretty as was the countryside. What beautiful horses. What type are they? Fresians? They certainly look sturdy! Votes up & sharing!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi oliversmum, thank you for joining us on our magical weekend and your wonderful comments, glad you enjoyed it! and a big thanks for the votes too, they are much appreciated.

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello UnnamedHarald, fortunately the country lanes were very quiet, so we didn't see much traffic - the gypsy caravan seemed to be a popular sight with everyone and we received lots of friendly attention!

      Thank you for your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading and it brought back some memories!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

      Movie Master Hi. My goodness, What an incredibly exciting,picturesque and magical weekend that would be.

      I'm thinking being a Gypsy would be a great way to live and see the world.

      Absolutely loved Jack, Tom and the Cows,all with their own senses of humor and personalities.

      The countryside looks so beautiful and peaceful.

      Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful weekend with us.

      Thumbs up and Awesome. :):)

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      David Hunt 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Fascinating! What an interesting idea. I think traffic would be my main concern, but obviously you managed all right. Nothing like camping near a pub! In the 1920's, my mom was born in a gypsy caravan in a field in the Midlands. Although not gypsies, that's all my grandparents could afford after he returned from the war. Your article brought that back to me. Thanks for the memory!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Annie, you need to come over to England, I could take you to some super places and we would have so much fun!!

      It was a shame we had torrential rain in the evening, but those sausages still tasted good!

      Both Jack and Tom were great characters, I hated saying goodbye to them!

      Many thanks for your comments, votes and share, take care my friend and see you soon, Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi teaches12345, I wish you had been there too - this would have made a great HP outing!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Maria, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your virtual escape!

      I must check out the gossip re Dusty's horse....

      Gypsies, tramps and thieves - I love that song!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a great day, hugs Lesley

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Wait for me!!! I don't want to be last in line for this dream adventure, like all our hubbing friends who got here before me I just want to say also - WOW!!! I would pass up holidays in the world's top resorts for a three day treat like this. I can see you guys had the best time. I have always been intrigued by gypsies and their wanderlust lifestyle. The country side is also stuff from my dreams, the beautiful thatched roofed cottages, the hedgerows and that field of poppies, just picture book perfect!! Jack and Tom sound like real characters and so well behaved. You are commended for opting to go true gypsy style and cook and eat in the rain!! A lovely adventure - thank you Leslie, my votes and best wishes to you and sharing.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex - it was great fun - wish you could have been with us!!!

      Many thanks for your votes, have a fabulous day, best wishes lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, many thanks for joining us on our gypsy adventure, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!

      Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Joyce, the gypsy caravan weekend was a great fun experience - we will certainly be doing it again!

      Glad you enjoyed reading, many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, many thanks for joining us on our gypsy adventure, the weather wasn't very special, but it didn't spoil our fun!

      Enjoy your day, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Audrey, many thanks for stopping by and your comments, being a gypsy was a great, fun experience!

      Glad you enjoyed reading about our adventure, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, Tom was a handsome fella - that's one of my favourite photos too!

      Thank you for your comments and votes, have a super day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, it certainly was a fun packed adventure - yet at the same time peaceful and idyllic, the perfect balance!

      Many thanks for your comments, I will put a hub together re the thumbnails.

      Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Just History, I was very impressed with how organised this break was, which certainly helped to make it so enjoyable!

      I hope you try it some time!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Denise, we had the most fantastic time and will be talking about it for a long time to come!

      Your gypsy soul poem is beautiful, I am adding a link.

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a great day,best wishes Lesley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Oh how I wish I could have been there with you! What fun! This is such an enjoyable read. Love Jack and the wagon. Voted up!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Please forgive me, Lesley, but I have the giggles seeing that pose of Jack and Dik... after reading today's comment stream on the Cafe about Dusty's horse, "John's" little issue with alfafa...

      I must say that Jack is a gorgeous horse... I love the hair on his legs and tail...oh what a magnificent time ya'll must have had just being free and open to this experience.

      I was humming "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" the whole while I was reading and appreciating your gorgeous photography. Thank you for this virtual escape. Voted UP & across the board. Hugs, Maria

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hello Gypsy MM! My gosh you just seem to have so much fun! I want to come visit and hang out with you!

      Great photos and undoubtedly a great time! Voted up, up and away!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Good for you! I know you had fun. A great gypsy adventues. Your photos were adorable...Happy Trails...

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Lesley, your weekend holiday sounded to great, I'm going to try and sent this to my Sister.

      By the way I love your photo's of the gypsy caravan.

      I remember being bought up with gypsy stories that they were to be very view with suspicion.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting, Joyce

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      First of all, you lucky thing! lol! and the photos were amazing, what a great weekend, who cares about the weather? mind you, this week would be a great time to do it before it starts raining again! looks like you had a great time, wonderful!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      You are a gypsy! What a wonderful outing and great pictures --thank you so much for sharing this adventure with us!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Lesley,

      I can see you had a lots of fun on your Gypsy Caravan weekend. What a wonderful way to see the countryside. I love the picture of Tom chatting to the neighbours.

      Voted up across the board.

      Best wishes

      Sue

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Lesley,

      What a fun little getaway. The smiles on your face in the photographs show what a nice time everyone was having. I bet the hours went by slowly as your caravan made its way down the country highways and the back roads. You presented a most peaceful and joy filled holiday. It is always a pleasure to visit a presentation that includes both your photographic ability and sense of adventure.

      You might have a technical hub as to how to put those thumbnails into your hub.

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      Just History 5 years ago from England

      It must have been a loverly break...................but organised so that the horses were well looked after. I would love to do this sort of thing, thans for suggesting it

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tobusiness, I hope you have your gypsy caravan weekend, I am sure you will love it!

      It's fun, it's romantic, it has everything!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jools, it was all so much fun - we are still laughing now about getting wet waiting for our sausage to cook!

      I hope you get to try it sometime!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      But I have to say, it looks like it would be so much fun :o), I would still love to give it a try even if it did mean getting a bit damp and struggling with fires and what not - these are often once in a lifetime experiences.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jools, this slow pace was the ideal way to enjoy the english countryside!

      I must admit I did start to question if the gypsy life was really for me, when we couldn't get the fire going, I was hungry and it was pouring with rain - the pub next door looked so inviting.....

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Billy, a gypsy caravan weekend is just the best fun - lots of fresh air, countryside and the occasional pub, what more could you want!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Judi, yes it was a fantastic experience, we loved every minute of it - even our sausages in the rain!

      Many thanks for the votes and share, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gail, The weekend went far too quickly, we all had a fabulous time - it was a great experience!

      Tom and Jack were great, we hated saying goodbye to them!

      Many thanks for your comments, votes and share, it's much appreciated.

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Lesley, I just asked my old man if he'd like to go on a gypsy caravan weekend break, his eyes just lit up like a hundred watts light bulb, yes when, he asked eagerly.

      This sound romantic and a lot of fun, could be just what the doctor ordered. great idea.

      Voting up.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Natashalh, the countryside in Wiltshire is green and pretty and the small villages with their thatched properties so very picturesque - it is the perfect location to get in touch with nature on a gypsy caravan break - I can certainly recommend it!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! What a wild idea...I would have loved to have had that adventure along with you and your gang there. Great photos and awesome hub.

      I'm hooking it up with my 'gypsy soul' poem: Daughter of the Universe. It seems the right thing to do, haha. Rated up and awesome.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Lesley, This looks great. I love the idea of just taking your time caravanning down the byways of the English countryside but I'd want to still sleep in a hotel at the end of the day etc - Yes, it's a cop out. I want the romantic gypsy ideal but not the reality :o)

      Great photos as always!