When I was a child I lived in a small rural village, it had gas lights and thatched roofs on many houses or pubs. All gone now............growing up in the country, we were used to the Gypsies who came by every summer. They would camp in a farmers field, actually it was a space between fields with a gate to the road. They would be more or less out of sight and kept to themselves. They had the horses and the old fashioned caravans back then. Maybe not the fancy ones but at least horse pulled.gypsycaravans They called themselves Didicoys. The ladies made pegs and would walk around door to door selling them. I am sure there were other things they sold but I remember the pegs because mum bought some. They wore long dresses, headscarves and carried baskets.1535-Slovenian-Gypsy-family-at-Ellis-Island-by-Augustus-Sherman(photo by A.Sherman) These older pictures dont usually show the painted wagonsbritish-wagon The children were kept out of the way because I don't remember seeing them. There was prejudice I am sure, because I always heard that when something was broke or missing that the "gypsies" did it. I personally doubt it there were plenty of naughty kids in the village year around trust me.gypsy The men would sharpen knives and scissors and I know from experience that they did a great trade when they came along our street. We kids only looked out from behind the lace curtains I don't know if the adults still had hang ups about kids being stolen by the gypsies haha......predudice in many forms. Not us kids though we were in awe. First off the horses........the Gypsy Vanner. Oh what a beauty, I could do a post just on the horses.p1251157424485879 I am so tempted to post some more horses hehe...........ah well, here is one with a more modern day "Traveler" family.gypsy_caravan11 One thing I know, after they left us kids would go and see if they left any old pram wheels in the hedges. We used to use those to make "chariots" .....put a soap box on a set of wheels and you had the makings of a very cool chassis. Took a little ingenuity and soon one could be racing down Bidwell Hill.

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Interesting, to have lived so close to them.

A little-known fact is that they were exterminated in Germany and allied countries by the Nazis, as much as the Jews were. 

Another fact is that they do read Tarot cards, and the origin of those cards was the paintings in the initiatory chambers in Egypt, and the name Gypsies comes from a diminutive of "Little Egyptian".

Thus they are card readers and many of them, especially the women, are clairvoyant, and have a second sense about everything. 

They do really psychic readings. 

The men also engage in other trades and businesses.

Carmen, it sounds like you could post some really interesting and informative discussions in here.....♥

Well, Linda, I will think of it.

It all began with my love of the Tablao Flamenco dancing.

John and I used to spend our New Year's eves always on a restaurant where they offered a show of Tablao Flamenco dancing, here in San Diego county, but then we went to Andalucia searching for the real thing and we were in the caves of the Gypsies, who were the best dancers, there.

Later I befriended a Gypsy lady here, and we are still friends, although we do not see each other as often as we once did.

She was very psychic, and I am also, even though I have no Gypsy blood in me!

Therefore we had plenty of topics to talk about...

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