13th March 2012 British Camp, Malvern

We’ve had a great weekend!  Saturday we took off the rain cap on the yurt as sadly it is letting in water.  Peter (www.hiddenvalleyyurts.co.uk) sent us some seam sealant to re-proof it but when we took it off we noticed a very slight flaw in the stitching.  Peter has already sent us a replacement cap which we’ll put up this weekend then the problem is solved.

We tweaked and tidied the yurt, pulling the tension ropes tight and setting up our solar lights.  If ever anyone is looking for solar lights, www.thesolarcentre.co.uk are excellent.  We’ve ordered a couple of times from them and their customer service is something they should be proud of.

Sunday we drove out to Malvern and walked to the British Camp, an Iron Age hill fort that forms part of the Herefordshire Beacon. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvern_Hills)  The weather was beautiful and many people had the same idea as us, but our smart car fitted in nicely in the car park. (It costs £3 to park all day) When we got to the top of the hill we were rewarded with some stunning scenery, looking out for miles over the Herefordshire and Worcestershire landscape.

 

On our return we called into Ledbury and bought the components for a Ploughman’s lunch.  As the sun was shining we ate with the yurt door open and were able to watch the chickens just outside the door.  Birds were flying about, ducks waddled past and the light was shining on the lake.  As we sat outside later reading the paper, Bill came over as he was working and wanted to let us know it!  There’s nothing more annoying is there, when you’re stuck in the shop watching someone else sat enjoying the sun!

Today was great too as my (Angela’s) mother and brother came to visit.  We’ve not seen my brother for about five months so it was fantastic to catch up with him again.  We all went out to lunch to The Trumpet, Ledbury where we indulged in their Steak and Ale pie for £8.50.  There food has always been good but lately it has been excellent – their chef consistently turns out really good food and the service by the waiting staff is impressive.

Brian and mum were impressed with the yurt and he hopes to convince his lovely wife to come over and stay…fingers crossed!

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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