13th May Update

Has it really been two weeks since we last posted on here?

Apart from being busy here on site with the usual day to day running activities that a camp site has, cleaning, grass cutting, meeting & greeting, pitching, general office work to name but a few we have been relaxing on our time off. Tomorrow we are going to see Malcolm & Alison, our old managers from Oxford who are now on the site in Chipping Norton.

We may have said this before and we will probably be saying it many, many more times but……we really enjoy working here. Although it is the busiest site we have worked on it is enjoyable. To walk around the 3 acre fishing lake before and after work is a great start and end to the day.

On our way around we have a laugh and a joke with the fishermen and women who are quite happy to tell us their tales of the ones that they have caught that day but seem reluctant to share the details of the ones that got away:-)

The lake is fishing well at the moment and anyone who comes here and does not catch must be doing something wrong. The water bailiff here onsite (Brian) does a very good job in assisting people and helping out with any enquiries they may have. Brian has a few years fishing experience under his belt, knows how to fish this lake and he is happy to pass that knowledge on to others.

There is lots of wildlife around if you know where to look and you do not always have to look too far.

There are newborn ducklings following their mother around and they are funny to watch, especially in the pond where they can be seen frantically chasing after any flying insect going. We also have new Moorhens that (in my opinion) are scruffy little things until they get older.

Nature is cruel sometimes though. The first lot of ducklings we had totalled 12 and I did not realise that not all of them survive as some are taken by the Crows:-( Each day we counted less and less. I think there are only 6 left now but hopefully they are too big for the crows to bother with.

The bird feeders are full of activity also. We have Greenfinches, Blue/Great Tits, Nuthatches and Robins. We have even seen a Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the feeder.

The chickens we have on site have been quick to learn that when the birds are on the feeder, especially the Great Tits, they throw lots of seed out which falls to the floor where the chickens lay in wait to peck away.

 

We have had a few nice rainbows recently.

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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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