“I wonder if they will let me put the bus here,” is how Carmen cast the spell initially while taking a walk on a friend’s acreage. It was literally a million dollar view, and as you’d have it, open for a hundred or so dollars a month bus parking and hook-up. So I hauled my camera along for the launch of Carmen’s landship (not a bus, don’t say bus) from its old home on the seller’s foliage thick driveway to it’s cliff-side perch for the summer. The road to her chosen spot was so steep and narrow at times, when looking at the smoke from her engine, I had to admit I wrestled with doubt. But she made it. Ali, the driver, expertly steered her up and through, parking her perfectly per Carmen’s instruction.
Out of a little sweat and worry, from the backseat on this little adventure came this short film, The Green Turtle Sails. Yes, and where’s the green? Well it was before the vessel was the glorious colour she is today but most certainly she was already green at heart. Carmen took a can of forest green to her over the summer, and now her amphibious nature is much clearer.