29th July 2011 Birthday and leaving do!

Sorry for the delay in updating this website but once again we have been very busy! This site is so much busier than Inverewe and Oxford. If we are not busy with arrivals then with 26 acres of ground and a 3.5 acre fishing lake there is more than enough to keep us going.

By the time the weekend comes around we are normally too tired to do anything. We do not mind as it is only for six months then we are on holiday for the other six……..not many people that can say that.

Today is a special day as it is my (Dean’s) dear old mothers 71st birthday and we were going to be home for it, as well as this it was Angela’s friend Sheila’s official leaving do after many years working for the NHS in Oxfordshire.

We had a pleasant drive home in ‘Sid’ rather than going on the bike and it was great to see mum who once again made us feel very welcome.

Tonight we are off to Las Iguanas in Oxford (http://www.iguanas.co.uk/) which is a Latin American bar/restaurant. We had a great evening with friends and Angela had a chance to catch up with some old work colleagues of which some did not know what we were doing now for work. One thing which they did say and it has been said to us before is how well we look and that we were brave to give up our former life to do something completely different.

One thing we did notice was that the main topic of conversation was mainly to do with the work place and we both said that we were so pleased to be away from all of that.

It was rather noisy in there and it was difficult to hold a proper conversation because of this. The food was ok but we have had better but the service (our waitress) in particular was very good, nothing was too much trouble.

Saturday we went into Oxford to see the old sites and it was absolutely heaving with overseas visitors. If people were not bumping into you they were pushing past, everyone seemed to be in a hurry and impatient and we could not wait to get back home again.

We have decided that we like the rural life now rather than living in a city.

Sunday my sister and brother in-law came round and mum made us a lovely roast as only a mother can…..thanks mum 🙂

While I was home I did a few jobs for mum. She always seems to have a few waiting for me when I come home but I do not mind as she is and has been so good to us.

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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