26th December 2011 Boxing Day Swim and Tapas

In aid of a local Down Syndrome charity, every year there is a sponsored swim by campers on Boxing Day morning.  Despite the weather taking a disappointing turn for the worse today, sixteen brave souls took to the Mar Menor and swam/walked back to cheers of encouragement from the watching crowds. We’d gone down to the beach with Brian and Kate, who wanted us to experience a drink called Asiatico (I’ve made the spelling up…), a coffee/alcoholic beverage that is very sweet but a definite tonic if you’re cold! Duly fortified, we took a walk along the beach to the salinas together while the weather slowly improved.

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We left them about 2pm to go and get our part of the Tapas bargain ready, as we’d been invited round to Al & Isobel’s for the afternoon to have a tapas party.  A ‘team meeting’ had taken place at 10am to decide who was making what, with Al in charge of the fish and barbecue.

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Our collective tapas were amazing!  We had tempura battered prawns, sardines grilled on the barbecue, Peperonata (stewed peppers, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil..) beetroot and potato salad with coriander, garlic potatoes, spicy couscous with nuts and raisins, the list goes on…

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Al & Isobel’s friends joined us (Derek and Carol) as did a lovely lady called Dee, along with Hamish (Scottie dog) and Lucy (Westie).  The dogs stole the show really as they’re both gorgeous and we kept passing Lucy round for cuddles.

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Hamish, being a boy, didn’t want all the fuss so he stuck with Al and got loads of attention all to himself.  Al is very camera shy, but Hamish loved the limelight!

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Having stuffed ourselves with lovely food and wine, discussed everything and nothing and had a great laugh in the process, it eventually got too cold to be outside so we all took our leave and headed back to our own ‘vans.  We had a thoroughly brilliant day again, and were looking forward to a day of mooching about tomorrow…

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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