Here endeth January!

Some people have recently been asking us if all is ok as the website has not been updated as often as before.

The simple reason for that is simple………not a lot has been happening 🙁

We have both come to the conclusion that our time spent up in Scotland was fantastic. Great scenery, good walking, great biking roads, long days with the occasional rays of sunshine. A good working rota and good managers. Loch Ewe only a spit away from where we were parked and great wildlife, especially birds. No noise or light pollution.

Although we have got good managers here that is pretty much where the similarities end!

No long days here, lots of cold and snow (so far), too miserable to go out walking and as we are both from Oxford anyway there are only so many times you can walk around Christ Church or the town centre. Biking is not as much fun down here, it seems that everyone is so aggressive and out to get you! The only sun here is the paper one that the odd camper has left behind. We do have Old Father Thames on our doorstep but we have regularly walked it both ways. The wildlife is ok and the birdfeeder is well visited by a number of birds all eager for their feed. I have even seen Old Reynard in the early hours of the morning.

We have noise pollution aplenty here! The main railway line is right next to us and even better is the dairy and refrigeration units that seem to begin at 1 in the morning! The bridge across the railway line is in the process of being demolished so sometimes in the middle of the night you can hear the heavy machinery battering into the brick.

So what have we been up to?

Sadly, my Uncle Frank passed away so we attended his funeral on the 11th and gave him a good send off. It was great to see the family again albeit in sad circumstances. RIP Frank.

After the snow had gone I decided that I would take the bike out for a spin. It would not start so I had to get the RAC to take it to a local bike dealer where it was going to be fixed and serviced ready for the coming year. The long and short of it is that the fault was hard to detect and at £55 an hour it soon added up. Altogether the total bill for fixing and servicing was £525! At least we now have peace of mind that it is now safe and roadworthy.

Last night (29th) we were taken out to ‘The Fishes’ for a farewell meal by Malcolm and Alison. Good food and great company all added to a great night out.

Malcolm and Alison have been managers here in Oxford since January 2009 and they have served their time well – they have the scars to prove it! They will be leaving this Tuesday and after a few weeks of well earned rest they will be starting a new contract in Chipping Norton. Not too far away so we will still be able to visit them occasionally.

Not only are they good managers, they have become true friends. Angela and I came here when we first got our motorhome, and before and after a trip we would use the site here as a base to load or unload.

They have always been friendly and given us good advice especially when we decided that we would like to work for the Camping & Caravanning Club. We kept pestering them, asking them what is was like and what sort of things did you have to do. We eventually decided to go for it and ended up having our interview here and then we had our work experience here with them. This has set us up and is why we are here now. 

I spent three hours at the John Radcliffe hospital last week as I tried to slice the top of my finger off!  As Angela is now working at Go Outdoors until we leave, the dinner duties have fallen to me. I was busy chopping the vegetables for dinner when I forgot what I was doing and sliced through my right index finger.  Ali took me to hospital then had to come back to the site to cover the shift I was supposed to be working.  Angela was working so I popped in to tell her the good news then left her to sort out dinner when she finished.

We’re now looking forward to Hereford and are making our plans to get everything ready in order for our next move…..

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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5 Responses to Here endeth January!

  1. paul & ffiona says:

    Glad you guys are OK, it had gone so quiet & I was missing my “blog fix” 🙂

  2. Dean says:

    Hi you two!

    Yes the blog has been stagnant as we have not been doing much here in Oxford. We are looking forward to getting out and about around Hereford and into Wales soon.

    How did you get on in your interview for the CC?

    D&A 🙂

  3. paul & ffiona says:

    Hiya guys.

    Sorry for late delay to this. Only just found this section on the blog! Blind or what? ! 🙂

    We did great on the interview. Full day job at an hotel at Manchester Airport. Talk about jump through hoops! Thought we were going for a job at NASA ! Hahahahha
    Anyway, got a letter back to say we were through that stage. Next stage is a weekends work experience at a site and time of our choice sometime this season. If that goes well, we then have to do a full weeks training course down on the south coast next March ready to start in the 2012 season.
    Would have loved this year, but cette la vie, at least there’s light on the horizon. 🙂
    Glad you guys are having fun, we really do enjoy reading the blog. 🙂
    Do you know where you’ll be this season yet? Apparantly, the C.C send thier letters out in September of the previous year.
    Curious to know why you wouldn’t want to work winter again? Our plan (and we all know what can happen to THEM! ) is to do an 8 or 9 month season and hit Spain for 3 months. My folks live in Calpe, not too far from Benidorm so we’re looking forward to some quality family time (before its too late!) instead of the winter rat race! Having said that, we’re not 100% sure if finances will allow EVERY winter away so we might HAVE to get winter work and your comment worries me.

    All the best guys, have fun.

    Paul & ffiona.

  4. paul & ffiona says:

    Hiya guys.

    Sorry for late delay to this. Only just found this section on the blog! Blind or what? ! 🙂

    We did great on the interview. Full day job at an hotel at Manchester Airport. Talk about jump through hoops! Thought we were going for a job at NASA ! Hahahahha
    Anyway, got a letter back to say we were through that stage. Next stage is a weekends work experience at a site and time of our choice sometime this season. If that goes well, we then have to do a full weeks training course down on the south coast next March ready to start in the 2012 season.
    Would have loved this year, but cette la vie, at least thiers light on the horizon. 🙂
    Glad you guys are having fun, we really do enjoy reading the blog. 🙂
    Do you know where you’ll be this season yet? Apparantly, the C.C send thier letters out in September of the previous year.
    Curious to know why you wouldn’t want to work winter again? Our plan (and we all know what can happen to THEM! ) is to do an 8 or 9 month season and hit Spain for 3 months. My folks live in Calpe, not too far from Benidorm so we’re looking forward to some quality family time (before its too late!) instead of the winter rat race! Having said that, we’re not 100% sure if finances will allow EVERY winter away so we might HAVE to get winter work and your comment worries me.

    All the best guys, have fun.

    Paul & ffiona.

  5. paul & ffiona says:

    Hiya guys.
    Glad you’re doing OK, we really do enjoy the blog.
    Interview was great though hard work (all day!) and we’ve had a letter to say we’ve passed that section. Next section is a weekend work experience some time this year and then a weeks training course early next year ready to starty the 2012 season………….hopefully!
    Curious about your comment re winter work as we might have to do it to make the budget stretch.
    Could you expand on it please?

    BTW, my contract at Baesystems finished with the end of Nimrod 🙁 so we now use…….

    paultwrigley@yahoo.co.uk

    All the best

    Paul & ffiona

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