16th March 2011 The Randolph Hotel

Today was a day we had both been looking forward to for two reasons. At long last the day of our hair appointments has arrived!  Between us we were at the salon for three hours having highlights and a haircut by Lauren and Maria, based in Brothers Hair Salon, 57 High Street, Oxford.

As we’re always getting grief about the amount we pay for our hair, the web address is as follows: www.brothers-uk.com and we’ll leave it to you to decipher the cost.  Worth every penny as far as we’re concerned :-)  We used to get our hair cut every five weeks, but now it seems to be every five months so we can justify the cost!

Now finally looking respectable we’d booked to go to The Randolph Hotel for Afternoon Tea, courtesy of a Christmas present from Malcolm & Ali. The Randolph dates back to 1864 and claims to be the leading five-star hotel in Oxford, according to the Macdonald Hotel website www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/randolph.

We ate in the Drawing Room and were treated to sandwiches, cakes and scones accompanied by a pot of Earl Grey tea.

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Afternoon Tea will cost you £18.95 per person and it was a really pleasant way to spend some time with each other.  The food also looked excellent and we mentioned we would come back next time and treat ourselves to lunch. When my brother and his wife come over next time….Heike. fancy lunch at The Randolph?  😉

The seat we had looked out onto the entrance of the Ashmolean Museum www.ashmolean.org that has recently reopened having undergone a major renovation.  I struck up a conversation with a gentleman on the coach to London the other day, who said it is much more user friendly now with the displays flowing better, based on ‘themes’  and the information provided more accessible to a wider audience. 

The museum is free to the public, sometimes charging a small fee for certain exhibitions.  Their website has loads of information of upcoming events that may take your fancy…

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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