9th May 2012 We’re still here!

Having just checked our website I was shocked to see that we last posted on the 15th April!

This season is not running as smoothly as last due to a number of reasons. Some personal and some due to the new computer system the Camping and Caravanning Club decided to bring in as well as changing the online booking that has caused all a great deal of problems for all the staff and also the campers.

Some close family and friends have recently been diagnosed with Cancer and our hearts sank when we were told. Our thoughts go out to them and we will be fighting with them all the way. Even Sam, one of our resident Cats had to be put to sleep as he was also very ill.

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Life can be cruel sometimes and we all go through challenges in life, we all have our up’s and down’s and every now and then we have to check ourselves, take stock of what we have and how precious life is. It can all be taken away so very quickly so we have to make the most of each other as well as our family and friends.

I would like to say lets move on to something happier like the weather but even that has been bad. I think we are paying for having such a great year (weather-wise) compared to last.

That said the site is looking great. The trees are coming into leaf and the blossom is beautiful. The birds are visiting our feeder on a regular basis and for the last week we have been getting a visit from a Great Spotted Woodpecker mornings and early afternoon. I must get my camera ready to capture it.

The fishing has started to pick up and the Carp are ready to spawn. The lake is finally at full capacity due to a very dry season last year and no rain to speak of over the winter. When we left last October it was about 3.5 feet lower than it would normally be and when we came back in February it was still about 2 feet short. Because of this the Carp can now be seen right in the margins looking for some natural food.

The last bank holiday weekend we were full again and on Friday we had 60 arrivals. It was raining hard, the ground was saturated, our top pond had burst its banks and I thought that on Monday after the mass exodus had happened the site would be like a quagmire.

Apart from having to get the tractor out to tow a couple of people of their pitch the site was still looking good and held it’s own. We have mowed everywhere possible and I even got the big roller out to flatten some pitches and the site is looking good again and ready for the next big rush!

I think the recession is definitely kicking in now as compared to last year we are very quite but hopefully that will change soon.

Well, that’s all for now Angela will be back from her Acupuncture appointment soon so I had better get the dinner on ready for a relaxing evening.

Until next time here are some pictures of the site taken in April…………………………..Come and see us sometime, you will love it!!!Smile

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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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