5th June 2011 End of a very busy week!

Well, half term week has been a rather busy and challenging time… It started with a mass influx of campers over last weekend and just continued throughout the week with lots of campers taking advantage of the beautiful weather we’ve just had. 

The fishing lake has been full most days with Brian keeping a watchful eye on things to make sure everyone was treating the fish with care and respect.  As we had more than our usual share of youngsters on site we had to be careful that everyone stayed safe and considerate.

We were on the late duty so ended up checking/replenishing the facilities at least three times an evening, whilst also keeping an eye on noise levels as any CCC site has a policy of no noise after 11pm. On the last day (Friday) we had about 15 units arriving after 7pm but luckily they were all lovely, pleasant people so it made it more bearable.  Dean managed to have an uninterrupted dinner about 8.30pm.

Once we’d done all our checks and had a walk around the site at 11pm we wandered around the lake – the first time we’d seen it in a week, and then in darkness!  We could hear something in the margins of the lake eating/grunting around – we thought at first it might have been a hedgehog but now we think it might have been a mink…?

Yesterday we drove back to Oxford for a fleeting visit so we could collect Dean’s fishing gear.  The traffic was flowing if a little heavy, the sun was shining and we took the scenic route via Gloucester and the A40 so all in all it was a really nice day out.

We are now proud owners of a V-reg Smart car, but it wouldn’t have coped with Dean’s fishing rods in the boot so Lynn & Bill came up trumps again and kindly let us borrow their car.

Smart Car  P1210305

Having had a spot of lunch with Chris and Manda we made our way to Hereford as we needed to be back for a barbecue at 7pm with all the team.  We popped into Sainsburys superstore to buy some real ale and cheese for the evening, then continued our journey arriving about 5pm.

The evening was great with everyone sharing stories about the week.  We’ve all been so busy and just getting on with things so it was nice to catch up and ‘compare notes’ on how the week went.  Once the stories and anecdotes start coming out it is really funny and everyone seems to have the same sort of humour which is good!

It was such a good evening, we didn’t get up until 9.30 this morning and have spent the day lazing about (and writing up this blog) and preparing lunch.  We were supposed to be having a picnic beside the lake but as its been raining all night and day we decided to have an ‘indoor’ picnic. 

We’re now off for a spin in ‘Sid’ the Smart Car before chilling out and watching an old movie…we hope everyone else is having a pleasant weekend.

x

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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