I can’t believe that I own a Volkswagen Camper… Daisy Blue is her name and she was born the very same year that I was. In fact that’s the reason I even put in an offer. Her license plate includes 79T – our birth year and the first letter of my name. It was a sign.
It’s incredible to think that she’s been knocking around for just as long as I have and I wish I could know more about her past adventures. I hope that whatever places, events, and people she’s seen won’t compare to what I have in store for her though. She’s going to take us on trips to discover more of the Isle of Man — you’ll be along for those adventures — and she’ll be perfect for bringing my Lovely Greens products to the Farmers Market and to local events. I can already picture my stall set up over the awning that attaches to her side.
Daisy Blue was dropped off on Saturday and within the hour my boyfriend Josh and I were on the road. We didn’t plan too far ahead other than wanting to camp on the beach and away from the distractions of people and technology. The only entertainment we brought was a pack of playing cards and the CD player in the dash. When was the last time you’ve set out not knowing the destination? Having this little blue van in my life for the blink of an eye was already making me feel more free.
I had heard that there are a few places up north that you could camp at informally so we set out to find them. We drove down narrow country lanes, up and down hills that the camper struggled on a little (bless her, she’s not got the most powerful of engines), and finally we arrived on the west side of the island. We didn’t even have to hunt around for that long before we found the perfect spot on a nearly deserted beach. How could such a beautiful place be nearly empty of people?
Josh and I spent our time exploring the beach and playing around in the sand. With my phone nearly dead and stashed in the van I really had no idea what time it was when we got hungry. It’s a precious thing to not be ruled by the clock.
After a few Shandies, some sausage baps, and listening to tunes we crawled into the ‘Rock-and-Roll Bed’ as the sun was descending past the horizon. We were lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves on the sand and the breeze rustling through the grasses. I don’t think I’ve had a better night’s rest in a long while.
She might not be modern, fuel efficient, or even practical in some ways but none of it matters because of the grin I have from ear to ear. This is the first vehicle I’ve ever owned that has personality and such positive vibes. You can’t help but feel happy driving around in her top speed of 50mph and it forces you to make the trip about the journey and not the destination.
I’m happy to have her and am pleased to introduce you to her too. May there be many more days spent with Daisy Blue and may she continue to inspire spontaneity and a love for this beautiful island we call home.