26th April Pinewood Trail

Part of the Inverewe Garden is the Pinewood Trail which takes about an hour.  It is ten minutes walk from the campsite and the wood was originally planted 100 years ago.

The area has and still is undergoing changes to revert it back to native woodland species that can survive the weather!  As the National Trust says “…the aim is to achieve a diverse landscape that includes an harmonious mixture of native woodland and moorland”.

Loch Ewe from the Pinewood Trail

Loch Ewe from the Pinewood Trail

Viewpoint (Coffee stop)

Viewpoint (Coffee stop)

We kept our eyes peeled for a sighting of the Pine Marten who keeps pinching the fat balls off of the bird table but he kept out of sight.  The other night though we say him skulking around the base of the table, but then he realised we were watching him and ran off  into the bushes.  Apparently they love cheese (he has already been treated to Parmesan…) and bread with raspberry jam.

We’ll try the jam and let you know if we’re successful in spotting him!

Today was also our official start date with the Club but it also happened to be our day off – good start!

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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