Vintage Trailer Talk

I’m spotting enough out-of-state vehicles on the highway through my town to win the License Plate game. Schools have started around here, so the cars with families are either on their own way home or trying for one last getaway before Labor Day, the formal end to summer.

This end-of-season traffic also includes the trucks and enormous trailers hauling stock to the Colorado State Fair (either direction, just take exit 97A, Central Avenue, here in Pueblo).

While I enjoy going to the State Fair, especially the rodeoing events, there’s another sort of trailer that I’m a tad more partial to – those of Sisters on the Fly.

I’ve posted about this group and book before because it’s written by my friend Irene Rawlings. The book, plus visits to the SOTF website and facebook page, are loaded with images and descriptions of gatherings that are pulling me to join…if only to experience what is bringing smiles to the thousands (15,000 at last tally!) who participate.

For some reason I thought this sisterhood and the wee trailer fascination was localized to the United States, but that was before I saw this photo – taken at Vintage at Goodwood Festival in
Chichester, England.

I had to use a magnifying glass to catch the details of this photograph, which are charmingly similar to a SOTF trailer, such as the portable potted plant outside the welcoming open door and the personalization on the shell – on the left is written I’m not sleepy and amidst what looks like a Wind and the Willows theme is Trixie, the owner I assume, and who is taking a break from walking about the Festival’s grounds in zebra lace up high heels. Trixie appears to be drinking a cup of tea, but with that crystal bottle of libation on the table, who really knows what’s in that cup ?

The photograph is captioned that the lady pictured is outside “…her caravan…” Caravan? I thought caravan was a single file of trucks or cars or wagons or some such. According to my trusty American Heritage dictionary, there is another, chiefly British definition: Caravan – A trailer or dwelling place on wheels. So what looks like a SOTF trailer is an English caravan. Just the sort of minutia I live for!

I wouldn’t have learned this tidbit if I weren’t a subscriber to the Denver Post, as the on-line version of the paper didn’t include this photograph. Nor would I have made the connection to Sisters on the Fly if I hadn’t read the book. Such is the importance of the written word, no matter how we come to it.

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An Almost Clean Sweep

Last week I received a ring a ling from a columnist with a big, BIG national newspaper. She wished to interview me for a Mother’s Day article…if I was available. A two second pause on my end as I gleefully cleared my mental calendar of all domestic duties. We chatted like old friends…always the sign of a great interviewer.

Our last bit of conversation was about inspiration and as I described my creative space, she suggested I supply a photograph that might accompany the article. Sitting on my balance ball, phone to ear, I looked out at the mess I’d given up trying to tame. Definitely not the picture the reporter was envisioning.

I began to slump as I took in what a total lack of control-over-chaos now wrought, when I was inexplicably galvanized by a surge of optimism that I could, and I would, put the room to picture-perfect rights.

Two days later, the room is staged and photographed by David Foxhoven, the most obliging spouse of good friend Irene Rawlings (author of my Sisters on the Fly 2-Winner Giveaway). Through the south window, light filtered through budding leaves and sunshine sprinkled the room. The yellow walls turned a hue in sync with the surrounding vintage palette. Picture perfect.

David and Irene had driven down from Denver, an act of generosity I repaid with yummy currency – homemade poundcake. After they drove off, I spent the rest of the afternoon sitting at my cloth covered desk, in love with the beauty of the room. Then came the evening, and I was forced to disassemble and retrieve all that was stashed…from beneath the desk’s drape,

from the closet, hallway, atop our bed, the guest bed, my youngest son’s bed…

Back to my old ways but not without this memory of what can be

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Sisters on the Fly, a 2-Winner Giveaway!

Denver is always fun, made the more so when my very, very creative friend, Irene Rawlings, has a tidbit of time to spend with me. Such was the nice surprise last week, which is how I was able to secure a photo of us to accompany this Sisters on the Fly 2-Winners Giveaway!

Irene is the author of the very first book about the traveling sisterhood known as Sisters on the Fly. Sisters on the Fly: Caravans, Campfires, and Tales from the Road celebrates the camaraderie and travels of a group of women who live by the motto “we have more fun than anyone.” Even if you’re not into fishing, much less outdoorsy anything, you will love this book. It’s a travelogue like no other.

Irene and I not only share a friendship – we’re both published by Andrews McMeel, and it’s through AM that I’m able to offer two pre-publication copies of SOTF!

So here’s the deal. You can enter to win twice: once by leaving a comment at the end of this blog entry and another as a subscriber to my Apron Memories newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber, then you’re already in the running! Easy breezy.

Timeline on this 2-Winner Giveaway: Friday, May 7th is the last day of entry. Winners announced Saturday, May 8th (ten days before the book’s official publication, May 18th).

I was turned on to SOTF by my friends Grace Brown and Rene Groom, who are gearing up for a Spokane/Posser, WA gathering, complete with barn dance! This will be some good time, and missing out is a bummer. However, when it comes to SOTF, another good time is just around the bend.

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