3rd November 2011 Ferry to France

We’ve finally reached the point of going travelling again!  The last few weeks have been strange as although we’d finished working at The Millpond, we were still there getting things ready while enjoying the site at the same time.

A few trips back to Oxford were needed to take a load of stuff back to be stored, but we didn’t really hang about as apart from seeing family there is nothing keeping us there now.  We went and tidied up my (Angela) father’s grave as we won’t be back for another three months, and got ourselves a session of Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatment at the Oxford Natural Health Clinic, Church Cowley Road, OXFORD.

It was a bittersweet day when we left Hereford as we have had great fun working there with everyone, but the whole point of changing our lifestyle was to go travelling. We’re very lucky in that we’re going back to work at Hereford next year so life is peachy!

Having left Hereford we called in at the Chipping Norton CCC site (very pretty, in the countryside and the bus stops immediately outside the campsite into the town about five minutes away) to see Malc & Ali, the previous managers of Oxford.  After a lovely (massive) meal of Spaghetti Bolognese and a good nights sleep we set off for a few nights at Oxford.  We got a very warm welcome from Phil & Adele (the managers) and managed to get the last few things sorted out for the trip, and met up with our respective mothers once more before we set off.

Our last stop in the UK was at the Caravan Club site in Densole, Folkestone.  They were also very welcoming and let us pitch up in one of their dedicated RV pitches so we didn’t have to unhook the trailer.  The wind had started to pick up overnight so I was very apprehensive about the ferry journey but I needn’t have worried.

The ferry was booked for 11.10am so it was a leisurely drive to the Port in the morning and the English Channel behaved herself for the crossing, albeit a tad windy on deck!

 

Ready  To Board    Leaving Dover

Our first journey in France would be a short one of about 2.5 hours as we were unsure of when it got dark.  We’d already arranged where our first night stop would be, St. Valery sur Somme Aire.  It was ideal as it was very spacious so we were again able to park up without having to move the trailer. The actual Aire would be able to accommodate RVs but the access road was a bit tight as there is residential parking all the way along the one side of the road.

This time we’d come prepared with milk, bread and enough provisions for a few days so we were able to just relax and enjoy the evening.

St Valery sur Somme Aire

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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