13th August Family Visit!

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks as family have been up to visit for the last two weeks.  Dean’s mum, sister and her husband drove 600 miles in one day to get here and have only just gone back to Oxford.

PICT3974    PICT3957 - Copy    Me & My Mum

We have been out with them on our days off and visited Ullapool, Inverness, the Corrieshalloch Gorge and many more besides.  The weather has not been kind to them but we had days where the rain held off for a few hours so we could go sight seeing.

Fish 'n' Chips ordered    The Seaforth (Ullapool)     Happy Sisters!

The local Ceilidh nights have been on every Wednesday since July and now our rota days have changed we were all able to go on their first Wednesday here.  It was a great night out and you were able to get up and dance if you wished as they had a ‘caller’ telling you the dance steps.  A raffle is held every week and we were fortunate enough to win a ‘veggie box’ from Good for Ewe, one of the local crofts who grow their own organic vegetables and salads.

Ceilidh      Veggie Box   Ceilidh Band

Before they came up we warned them all about the midges and they came prepared with plenty of repellent cream.  What we hadn’t mentioned were the Clegs (horseflies) up here…

On one of the rare days of sunshine, they had all been sat outside admiring the views across Gruinard Bay when Amanda leant back on her chair, squashing a Cleg in the process.  Needless to say it took offence and promptly stung her on the arm.  Once the searing pain had eased she didn’t think too much about it, only to find the following morning her arm had swollen and you could see it was infected across a 15cm spread.  By the time she had arranged an appointment with the doctor the next day, it had swollen to twice the size and weighed twice as much!

Sadly, the abiding memory she will be left with of Scotland is not a happy one!  They decided to leave a day early as the journey here was such a long one. Amanda couldn’t drive (at least not for very long) so John had to drive the whole way home. We told them about the journey along Loch Ness, Spean Bridge (Commando Memorial) and the Pass of Glencoe, ending along the banks of Loch Lomond so they had some wonderful scenery on the way back.  Then it became motorway all the way to Oxford.

It was lovely to see them all and we think they enjoyed it, although we’re not sure about Dean’s mum as she admits she’s a Townie.  She couldn’t get over how much space there was and how far away your neighbours were.

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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