A Horse-Drawn Caravan

a horse-drawn caravan

Dear Lloyd,

We send you some pictures from our horse-drawn caravan.

We built our first caravan in order to move with our animals and find a good place to live. All the caravan was made in low-cost or recycled wood; it costs us about 600 euros to do it. It was painted with a melting of ochres, linseed oil and beeswax, applied hot.

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We traveled with Joy and Paprika, two fjords mares (Joy is Paprika’s mother), their son and daughter, aged from 5 and 6 months when we left, our two young Jersey oxen and two young Watusi oxen (we didn’t have our oxen and foals all the time with us, we sometimes let them take a rest in friend’s place for a couple of weeks in order to let their hoof grow up, because they didn’t have shoes). We used to make about 30 kilometers per day (until 58 kilometers). The speed was on average of 5 kilometers per hour but one day Joy and Paprika went round 30 kilometers in two hours (that’s their record).

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We traveled around our country (France) for 9 months (2000 kilometers) with different kind of climatic conditions: 2 weeks with –20° Celsius.

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Now we live in our own place (situated only 30 kilometers near the place we started our trip from). So we decided to build another caravan to have a room separated from the kitchen. For our second caravan, we got more money and made it in chestnut wood (it costs us about 2000 euros).

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We have a sunny water heater made in an old freezer (cost 20 euros).

 

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Sorry for the English, we are French, and we think you know our reputation with foreign languages…

–Charlotte and Antoine
P.S.: We love your books

7 Responses to A Horse-Drawn Caravan

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey, great article. Is there any way I can get in contact with you guys – Charlotte and Antoine? Thanks, Joel

  2. Anon says:

    interesting…

    would love to have more info/more pics. Always nice to learn about folks managing to live like this/start homesteads etc.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to know more about your hot water heater! How did you make it? How does it work?

  4. What a wonderful post, inspiring no end of fantasies…

  5. girldawg1 says:

    Beautiful, and your English is just fine. Love your new little place. It’s not where you wander, but the companionship along the way that writes a story that never really ends. Best wishes.

  6. scott h says:

    nice to have two units, separating the heat of the kitchen…sweet! Also, provides a “dog house” when Antoine is misbehaving! ha

  7. susan daniels says:

    I am a 70 year old retired school teacher kind of semi- refined with a broken back. And although in the early ’80s I too built and homesteaded in California, I am so impressed with what you have accomplished. It’s such an extraordinary lifestyle you have, and I love your beautiful garden and all of your terrific animals. It gives me such joy to see! God bless!

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