19th August Another Family Visit!

It was a sad day when family left us on the 13th but we were soon happy again as more family turned up on the 17th!  Angela’s aunt and uncle, Marion & Bill arrived on site on Tuesday as part of their annual pilgrimage to Scotland.

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Marion’s family come from Forres on the east coast so they try and come up every year, but this time they made a special detour to visit us!  We all went out for a meal on the Tuesday night and it was great to see them and catch up with what’s going on. They have always been supportive of what we’re doing and it was absolutely brilliant to see them.

Wednesday they toured the area, taking in the views on the route to Ullapool and in the evening we all went to the Ceilidh. It brought back happy memories for Marion of her childhood years in Scotland.  We both won on the raffle again, but luckily the prize wasn’t the live lobster that was one of the prizes!

Today though they’ve travelled on to the east coast to visit more family.

We took a ride into Ullapool ourselves yesterday as the weather was good, stopping for a coffee in The Frigate.

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Today we were able to get out again and took the Cove road out to the remains of the old gun emplacements.  The pesky midges are here though so we didn’t stay long, boy they’re a pain!

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Now we need to decide our route back south as it is less than a month until our contract ends.  We now know we’re going to be working at Oxford CCC for the winter (or rather, Dean is!) so we have to come up with a plan!

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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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