24th March 2011 The Prince of Wales, Iffley

Another night out!  On the eve of our departure from Oxford, we arranged to get together with some of our greatest friends for dinner.  The venue was The Prince of Wales public house in Iffley, 01865 778554.  It is a real gem of a pub with quirky decor, a great selection of real ales, managed by a couple called Peter & Lona.

These ladies were work colleagues when I worked at the NHS in the 1990s and we’ve all become good friends over the years. We don’t see each other very often but when we do it is like time has stood still and we just pick up from where we left off!

Needless to say from the pictures, we had a wonderful evening and it was a perfect way to end our time here – perfect company, perfect wine, excellent food and excellent service!  Lona served us most of the evening and she made it a really lovely experience, even down to the wording on the bill, ‘…dinner for nine glorious people’.  A very nice touch.

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Lovely, thoughtful Manti also bought all the ladies a lovely box of chocolates, thank you Manti!  Hope to see you all in Hereford sometime. xx

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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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