8th June Thwarted journey to Ullapool

Yesterday was our day off so we packed up the ‘van Sunday night (11pm) and were up at 6am with the plan to get to Ullapool early.

Everything was going smoothly and Dean foolishly commented that we were early for once…  We did our final checks, jumped in the front seats and turned the key in the ignition – dead as a dodo!

We pondered for a few minutes, left it for a few hours trying to re-charge the battery but conceded defeat about 1pm and called Fiat Assist out, only to find out that ‘Fiat Assist’  becomes Forbes Garage up here!  They are the local garage in Aultbea who have an excellent reputation and we had considered just calling them instead.

They got us working again but by this time we had already decided to scrap the idea of going to Ullapool and went to the pub instead!  Now we will remember to run the engine once a week and make sure we drive out once a month just to re-charge the battery.

It has sort of worked in our favour as we’re now going to go to Inverness next Monday instead.  We need a new back tyre for the scooter so have arranged to have it replaced at one of the garages in the city, and we’ll have a look at their motorycle range too while we’re there….

The weather is glorious here today, with a breeze to keep those pesky midges away!  On duty at 4pm with a long day ahead of us tomorrow, so we’re going to have some scones with butter and jam to prepare ourselves!

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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1 Response to 8th June Thwarted journey to Ullapool

  1. zaskar says:

    Hiya Guys! 🙂
    That’s pants luck, especially with such limited time off. 🙁
    Try one of these………
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=98358&C=Froogle&U=98358&T=Module

    Worked a treat for us. 🙂

    P & ff

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