Here on the caravan park the entertainment ramps up a bit at this time of year, the Halloween Party went well, with children and adults taking part in a fancy dress competition. The following week the huge bonfire and magnificent fireworks display went with a very suitable bang and a flash. But now it's that time of the year when some of the older residents close down their vans for the Winter. Signs appear in the windows saying 'No Valuables or Electrics Left in this Van' as one by one they load up their cars and drive off not to be seen until next Spring.
The park winds down bit by bit, the swimming pool closed first at the end of September and is now is looking dirty, cold and very uninviting, the office working hours shrink and shrink, although there's always someone available for emergencies. The shop, which up until this week had been open daily, is now just open for two hours each day on Saturday and Sunday for weekend van visitors needing milk, bread or a newspaper.
The more hardy of us and those that live in the Vans for most of the year are still here, watching the winding down process and changing our living patterns to suit. Newer vans, like ours, have full central heating, a little more insulation and are just a bit more comfortable for cold weather living. It costs more in gas bottles to keep warm and snuggly while cold winds blow and the rain pours down … but I think it's a small price to pay to be cosy and happy. The fifteen minutes walk to the village shop can be combined with a doggy walk if necessary or it's just a ten minute drive into the nearby town to pick up shopping or to mooch around other shops.
Today I started a wind down of my own, and went through the kitchen drawers, throwing away rubbish that has acquired, things not used and things not needed. Cleaning the drawers as I went and checking we had all that we need. We do, we don't need much.
Each day this week I'll choose a different area and empty and clean it, slowly getting the Van ready to be left empty and forlorn as we abandon it for the Winter in December.
We had a different printed sign that we put in our window last year ... a picture of a car piled up high Beverly Hillbilly style with the words 'We couldn't find any valuables so we took all our rubbish home with us'. It raised a smile or two, but I can't find the image anywhere.
But I think this one will be suitable this year, you've got to have a smile 😁