21st May 2011 Ian’s Wedding

A few weeks ago Dean received an invitation to his friend Ian’s wedding to his partner Tracey.  The venue was in a village called Horley, three miles outside Banbury at the Scout Camp.

We set off Saturday morning and easily found the place which is absolutely fantastic.  It is set in eleven acres of open grassland with the surrounding woods totalling 24 acres so a perfect setting for youngsters to enjoy the experience of Scouting.

A marquee was the venue for the evening reception with a bar, food and entertainment laid on.  Fire pits were lit later as the sun went down adding to the overall chilled out feeling of the day.

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Tracey & Ian were driven to the reception by Keith who donated his VW Camper Van for the occasion.  This is the second wedding we’ve been to where the Wedding ‘Car’ has been a VW – great minds…

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Dean met up with friends from the annual P&D camp he has been to occasionally. Every year in August a group of former Scouts and Scout leaders have their own ‘camp’ without having the responsibility of caring for young people.

We had arrived early so we got HMS Robyn level, laid out the picnic blanket and treated ourselves to a glass of Hereford cider.  The setting and the weather lent itself to a perfect afternoon for sitting in a field enjoying nature.

 

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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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