10th April Birthday Stroll!

Today was Dean’s birthday so it began with smoked salmon from the Sleepy Hollow Smokehouse in Aultbea.  Presents and cards were opened, then we got ready to go for a walk along the River Ewe.  The weather was fantastic with the sun shining all day, so we set off in just shirt sleeves – unheard of!

River Ewe

River Ewe

We were out for about three hours and not only were the views along the river beautiful with the hazy sunshine, we also met Pinky & Perky, two Saddleback pigs belonging to the Inveran Estate along with Winston, the miniature Donkey!

Pinky & Perky - siesta time!

Pinky & Perky - siesta time!

Whos a pretty boy then?

Who's a pretty boy then?

Winston

Winston

Once again, we spotted a herd of Stags on the surrounding hills overlooking Loch Maree.

We had planned to go to the Poolewe Hotel for dinner, but the weather was so nice we ended up sitting outside looking over the Loch with a bottle of wine, kindly donated by Philip & Julia!

As the evening wore on, we retired inside and Angela made Spaghetti Bolognese followed by more red wine!  Happy days!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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