14th April Drive to Ullapool

It has been just over three weeks since we arrived here at Inverewe Gardens so we thought that it was about time to take ‘HMS Robyn’ out for a run. It is something we will probably do on a monthly basis to keep everything running smoothly.

We set the alarm for 6am this morning, the earliest we have been up since arriving here! Now we know what the site looks like at that time with the sun just rising…….beautiful!

We decided to go to Ullapool as there was a Tesco store there and our fridge and freezer was becoming like Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard!

We eventually set off at 8am and the sun was shimmering nicely on the Lochs we passed on our 47 mile route.

Early morning sun!

Early morning sun!

It is not your normal drive to the superstore, oh no! The road twists and turns along stunning coastlines, up hills with snow capped mountains and down the other side with sreams running along the side of the road.Just before we reached Braemore Junction (http://www.ullapool.co.uk/gorge.html) we parked up in a layby that had a viewpoint overlooking the Corrieshalloch Gorge (http://www.remote.org/frederik/roadhog/scotland/places/braemorejunction.html).

Corrieshalloch Gorge

Corrieshalloch Gorge

After taking this picture we set off againg turning left at Braemore Junction heading in to Ullapool.

Once again we were treated to some beautiful scenery along the side of Loch Broom. The water was as calm as a millpond and the hills and buildings on the opposite bank were reflected in the water.

Loch Broom Reflections

Loch Broom Reflections

Ullapool

Ullapool

We eventually found the superstore carpark which (fortunately) had plenty of spaces, so we took two and headed into the little oasis. You have to remember that we had not been shopping for nearly a month so for us it was an exciting day out:-)

After we had finished our shopping we loaded up the motorhome and then went back in to use the weighing scales we noticed in the foyer.

While we are up here working I have got until September to lose weight (I do not mean the £200 I have just given the cashier in Tesco) and Angela has to put it on!

I was 13st 11lbs and Angela was……………it is not right and proper for me to publish how much my wife weighs. She can edit this if she wants to another day!  I will only say she is no longer ‘underweight’!

We set off on our return journey and I took one more photo for the album.

Road to Tesco!

Road to Tesco!

We eventually got back to the campsite, used the hosepipe to fill up with 100ltrs of water and then parked up on our pitch again.

We unpacked all of our goodies and now our fridge, freezer and cupoards are full to the brim. Now we are looking forward to some nice meals starting tonight with Lamb Shanks in mint gravy, cabbage and potatoes.

As I am typing this we have just been watching a beautiful sunset.

Loch Ewe sunset

Loch Ewe sunset

Can life get any better than this?

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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