20th December Snow!

We’re snowed in!  For the last few days the weather has been getting colder and now we have seven inches of snow and rising..  All the pipes in the ‘van have frozen up so we have no running water.

Pitch in Snow   Snow Pitch  

It wouldn’t be so bad if the shower block had heating in it, but when you open the door to go in there is ice on the inside of the block.  One day Dean had to break the ice in the toilet pans to be able to clean and make the facilities serviceable!  I think we can safely say we’ve earned our stripes in the ‘camping’ world – taking a shower when the temperature is minus 15 takes guts!  You don’t hang about that’s for sure…

The vegetables in the awning have frozen solid, and the Lenor conditioner is now a block of ice.  We’ve had to bring items ‘in from the cold’ otherwise they’ll break.  Dean dug a path from the ‘van but we still need to use wellington boots to get outside.  The rear of the ‘van has a sheet of ice attached to it. 

Icicles

It has been a challenge to keep the ‘van warm inside, until Dean went and bought a convector heater.  We are now enjoying temperatures of up to 25C so I no longer have a fear of developing hypothermia!  Before, the mattress was so cold it stopped me from sleeping but no more.  Now we don’t want to get up in the mornings!

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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