Let me tell you a tale. Three women sat around a table discussing VW vans. The first one, who was in her early twenties, and very into windsurfing at the time, said that when she saw a VW van it always had surf boards strapped to the top and was heading for the coast. These vans were perfect surfing vans and she would love to have one.
The second woman, in her early thirties and craddling a small baby, said that when she saw a VW, they were always parked in a lay-by, with a potty sitting on the floor behind it. These vans made perfect family holiday camping vans and she would love to have one.
The third lady was older. She smiled and said that when she saw a VW van it always had a retired couple in the front, parked up overlooking a view, with steaming cups of tea misting up the windscreen. She could see herself travelling around the UK in one and would love to have one.
The decades have passed, but the fact remains that VW vans are iconic. They inspire lifestyle dreams in many of us*. Something about their design represents something slightly different for all us dedicated dreamers, depending on our stage of life.
I can confirm that I no longer hanker for a surfer’s van (sigh), I’ve passed the potty van moment in the outside lane, but am a few years off window shopping for a gone-roaming van. I’m sure that there is a van out there for this stage of my life. I still dream.
In the meantime, and to give this tale a bit of a middle, I sew. I fell instantly in love with this camper van fabric. I spent longer deciding whether to go for the mint or the sky blue. Then there was the purple, cerise or red. Decisions, decisions. I knew it would make the most perfect shirt for TF. Everyone else pulled faces and suggested shorts, but TF is happy with my choice of shirt, so shirt it is.
Each van is so sweet and fun. I’m not sure which one I’d like to scale-up and drive away in. I had great
stress fun lining up the camper vans on the front and sleeves. The children are particularly pleased with the button nose of one of the camper vans. I’d love to say I planned it but it is just the way it worked out.
The end of this tale is not yet written, so maybe, one day, I’ll have my very own VW van. I wonder what stage of my life it will represent? Maybe an otter-spotter van or a hiking van? For now, I can use our old Landrover as a back drop.
Pattern Simplicity 5581
Fabric : Supplied by Minerva Craft Centre (speedy, helpful and a lovely range of fabric) I love this fabric! Thank you!
*Not all see the charm of a VW van. My husband only sees broken down VW vans on the side of the road, waiting to be rescued. This is the vision he reminds me of every time I look misty eyed at a VW van. (sigh).
After school it rained. To be fair, it rained on and off all day. It’s just more of an issue if it rains after school. TF is desperate to play cricket as soon as he gets home, which is fine when it’s dry. He can usually round up enough people to play, but not in the rain. The rest of the family are fair weather cricketers only. Full stop.
Times like this, it is fun to have something up my sleeve. Something slightly different. We like to play noughts and crosses, so I knew the children would love Hoops and Crosses. They did.
They took turns to challenge each other and agreed that each player could eat two of their pieces at the end of the game.
They loved them. Roast beef is not a usual choice for us, but the children liked them. There were plenty of hoops and crosses in the bag for several games. Reading the back of the packet, they seized on the idea of having a packet in their lunch bags. I can just imagine the games that would be played, using a grid of knives and forks.
Cricket forgotten. For now. Well at least until the sun comes out again.
Disclaimer : we were sent the packet of Hoops and Crosses, and the cheeky looking monkey, to review.