With Annie's makeover complete we packed her up with all her bibs and bobs and just about anything I could think of (including ladders) that would have her looking her summery seaside best and drove her 1 minute away to the edge of the lake.
It took a couple of hours to set her up as we waited for the sun to be just where it needed to be for some perfect external shots. This section of the lake is on the edge of the walking track that follows the waters edge.
There were quite a few walkers on this day and those who were out and about had no idea what was going on in their sleepy little town. They'd never seen anything like an Annie and could only stand and stare, scratching their heads wondering.
I noticed a car pull up a fair way away with an elderly lady in the drivers seat. She wasn't there long when the local council garbage truck pulled in beside her. She promptly reversed out and parked on the other side of the truck bringing her closer towards us. The truck eventually left and she got out of her car and slowly walked over and stood in amazement in front of Annie.
I invited her to come closer and have a look. She was a little hesitant, not wanting to bother me as she could see I was busy but when she eventually stepped up into Annies world she was in awe. She asked if she could sit down and take it all in and then began to cry. She was having a bad day and had driven down to the lake to clear her head. Seeing and meeting Annie was just what the doctor ordered. We chatted for about 15 minutes about caravans and her childhood and then she got back in her car and drove away.
Throughout the day we had a number of well wishers and visitors stop by and take a look. A gorgeous gay couple were just over the moon with her decor and they had me in stitches with their sometimes inappropriately hillarious comments.
The weirdest comment on the day was "What are you selling ?" The fellow thought I was filming a commercial !
It was a perfect summers day , with Shane popping in throughout with Claire for a swim in the lake and also bringing food and refreshments.
We were packed up and back in the real world by tea time leaving the lake and its foreshore with just the memory of the tiny caravan that came to play and stay - for a day.