27th April Update!

Hello again everyone, We seem to remember saying that once we got settled here in Hereford we would update the website on a more regular basis!.

That fact that it is now 17 days since our last entry probably means that we have either not settled in, or that we have been too busy/tired……..probably the latter.

As we have mentioned before, Angela and I were both tired after working what seemed to be a very long winter at Oxford so we were under strict instructions by Bill & Lynn to have a couple of weeks rest. It was just as well after the Easter bank holiday we have just had but more on that later.

11th April Rainbow

2001 11 04 Rainbow This picture was taken from our motorhome on a dark and overcast day. Since this miserable day we have been bathed in glorious sunshine. 🙂

One of the things that we were looking forward to when we knew we were coming here was getting out and about walking again so on our last trip to the Lake District we finally bit the bullet and bought a GPS system. We went for the Garmin Dakota 20 GPS system https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=30926 and the complete digital mapping system for Great Britain 1:50000 scale (Memory Map European Edition) http://www.memory-map.co.uk/maps_uk_onland.htm. I had even planned some walks ready to do but before tackling some of the bigger walks we wanted to ramble some of the footpaths from site.

13th April Walk

Isn’t there a saying ‘Best laid plans’?

I found a nice little walk from site that went through Freetown to a place called Newtown. Why to Newtown? Well according to the map it had a pint glass symbol and we like to find walks which have liquid refreshments on or at the end. There was some discussion before we left as to whether or not the pub was still open. Some said it was and some said not……………….we still do not know and this is where the saying comes in.

We were following the right footpath on my map and I knew that there would soon be a meeting of paths on a footbridge that crosses the River Frome. We had just entered a field that had all the signs of bovine activity. Angela does not do Cows! We continued on our path even though Angela was becoming a little anxious. We were going up an incline and I decided to be bold and do the right thing by running up to the brow of the hill to report back my findings. Well, as soon as I got to the top I knew instantly that the walk was now at an end! In that direction anyway.

I looked at the map for a new route and saw an exit ahead of us to the right. The cows were to our left but as we headed for our exit from the field they became interested in us. The faster we walked, they did the same so we then upped our pace which in the end became a frantic dash for our lives. I looked over to my left and a couple of frisky little blighters began coming for us and they could have easily been a match for Usain Bolt! I waved my hands in the air and shouted ‘Yah, Yah’ (I’ve seen it on telly) which seemed to do the trick. They stopped in their tracks giving us time to get over the stile and to the safety of the next field. Phew!

We walked upstream a bit but there was nowhere else we could see to cross. I checked the map again and found that we could return the way we came with a slight detour which would still give us a nice walk so we turned around and headed back stopping at a suitable place for a coffee and to admire the views.

2011 13 04 Walk  2011 13 04 Walk (2)  2011 13 04 Walk (3)

Shortly after sitting down and having our coffee the clouds decided to have a go at us and it began to rain so we put on our waterproofs and carried on our way back to site. We passed through a few more fields on the way but luckily for us they were arable and one had sheep in that were no trouble. I think they could see that we had already had enough excitement for one day.

 

2011 13 04 Orchard

 

 

We eventually came out onto a familiar road behind the campsite so knew we were now only a short distance from home. We passed an apple orchard of which most of the trees were covered in mistletoe and the grass beneath was being trimmed by lots of sheep and their newborn lambs.

On returning home we had a nice hot shower, cooked dinner and then watched a bit of TV before retiring for the night.

 

 

Although we were not due to begin work until the 18th April we were asked to go in on Friday 15th to see how things run here with regard to the cleaning of the showers, toilets etc and also what happens behind the reception desk. This being a franchise site it is run slightly differently to that of a normal Camping & Caravanning club Site. More so than we had thought. It was good working with Paul & Sally who are a lovely, happy couple and always there if we needed any help and advice. They are also very patient! I don’t think we were too much trouble for them. 🙂

Saturday 16th April

Today we decided that as we were helping out tomorrow and starting work proper on Monday we needed to go to get some provisions to last the week. We have set up a new account with Riverford (http://www.riverford.co.uk/) for our vegetables, fruit & salad but needed some meat and staples.

We went into Ledbury on Suzy Blue and parked up in Tesco’s car park. 3 hours free parking so plenty of time to find somewhere nice for breakfast!

A place that we have visited before Cameron & Swan was full so we headed up towards the black and white timber framed building that is the Market House.

The Market House

Ledbury Market Hall

 

 

 

 

 

There is a cafe opposite this lovely building called Market House Cafe. We went in and both had a Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato sandwich (BLT) on granary bread as it is healthy? This came with a side salad and a few crisps. We also had a nice Americano Coffee.

After breakfast we headed back up the High Street to Tesco to finish off our shopping, also to cool off as it was a warm day and with all our biking gear on you do not want to be walking too far.

One thing we have to remember when shopping on the bike is not to buy too much as space is limited and the bike is already heavy so to buying things like wine and beer is a no no unless I go on my own……………..which has been done in the past!

We had a nice ride back, unpacked the shopping and had a nice walk around the lake to cool off. We were helping out again tomorrow and then Monday work begins proper.

18th-22nd April

We began work on a week of lates which meant starting at 10:45am. Normal duties were cleaning, cutting grass on the sit on mower, manning the shop, checking people in and pitching the campers.

All these duties are carried out as a team and with a laugh. One thing we have found here at The Millpond is that the camper is here to have a good time so we have to do all we can to make sure that this happens. Anyone who has been here will tell you that they always receive a great welcome, the facilities are great, the fishing is great, even if you do not fish the three acre lake is lovely to walk around. Especially as the sun is setting. The aroma as you walk around the lake is lovely. The air is filled with the heady scent of blossom from the lilac, viburnum, laurel and mountain ash trees amongst other things. The Bluebells are also lovely. The Daffodils and Tulips have all but gone over but they too gave a good display. In the morning the mist just hovers above the water and the air is so fresh and clean.

 

23rd April Day Off

 

 2011 23 04 Bushtucker Trial  2011 23 04 Shady Retreat  2011 23 04 Picnic Basket

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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1 Response to 27th April Update!

  1. paul & ffiona says:

    Another lovely episode of the blog. 🙂
    Can’t wait to be experiencing a similar working life.
    We have to do a “work experience” weekend at Chester FairOaks on the 19th so really looking forward to it.

    Best wishes

    P & ff

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