15th April A day on a campsite!

Angela and I were back on duty today so after a late breakfast we wandered over to the office to see Phillip & Julia. We had a quick chat and a cup of coffee before we began our cleaning duties.

Cleaning times are standard on all of the CCC sites and that is from 10:30am until 12:00pm. We begin by putting out the obligatory closed for cleaning and slippery when wet floor signs (H&S first).

The daily routine includes cleaning the following;

  • Dishwashing Room
  • Laundry Room
  • Disabled Room
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Chemical Disposal Point (CDP)

After all of the above the bins are emptied, floors are mopped and all for the minimum wage!

The list above is not exhaustive as on certain days there are additional jobs; for example Thursday is shower curtain washing day.

We stopped for lunch at 12:00pm after which we went back over to the office to see what else needed doing.

As the site is not too busy at the moment and most of the campers were out Angela seized the opportunity to practice on ‘Tommy’. He is a Kubota G2160 with power steering ride on lawn mower!

Check out my Kubota G2160

Check out my Kubota G2160

As a general rule we do not use ‘Tommy’ for more than an hour at a time as we have to think of the campers and not disturb them too much. I know how I would feel if I was on a campsite and the mower was going up and down all day.

Angela now feels confident that she is able to mow in a straight line, around the base of trees and manoeuvre in tricky, tight spots.

Concentrate on those stripes!

Concentrate on those stripes!

Look at that concentration

Look at that concentration

Our modes of transport

Our modes of transport

All she needs to do next is practice reversing with a trailer attached………………….then the fun will begin! I will let you know how she gets on in due course.

Angela has grasped working in the office and using the Club’s computer system for booking new arrivals in and booking people out when they leave.

Reception Duties!

Reception Duties!

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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3 Responses to 15th April A day on a campsite!

  1. zaskar says:

    Brilliant! Thanks guys, just what I was looking for.
    Wish us luck. 🙂

  2. zaskar says:

    Excellent! Thanks guys, just the sort of info I was looking for.
    Have fun, wish us luck.
    Paul & ffiona.

  3. Nic and Mike says:

    Hi
    Have been reading about your motorhome travels and more recently your job as site managers/ wardens with interest (and envy!).

    We sold our house to buy our motorhome but haven’t yet plucked up the courage to leave our jobs behind, although I’m confident it will happen one day as we would love to become fulltimers in our motorhome. We figured you ‘only get one shot at life and have to do live it how you want to’ many of our friends think we have ‘lost the plot’ At the moment we are renting a little cottage in a beautiful rural village in North Yorkshire and living the ‘good life’ during the week and taking off in our motorhome every Friday night after work for the weekend.

    Recently we have been thinking about the idea of becoming wardens so it is good to read about someone who is actually doing it. I guess like every job there is good and bad days. we are tied into our tenancy contract until April 2012 but hope to take the plunge next time tenancy is due for renewal and in the meantime get some money behind us as abit of a buffer.

    We too have a bike ( up until recently had a triumph tiger 1050- just sold it to upgrade motorhome and bought a Kawasaki ER650, which still gets us around nicely). We have had had many a holiday on the west coast of Scotland and Mull and love the remoteness of Scotland.

    Any tips you could give us in relation to applying to become a site assistant/ warden/manager would be gratefully received.

    Please continue to update your site as it’s good to read about someone with similar interests and helps keep our dream alive!

    Kind Regards

    Nic and Mike
    P.S First contacted you through Motorhomefacts query regarding bike trailer (mikkidee)

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