28th November 2012 Beachy Head

As today is the first day we’ve had any sun for what seems like ages, we made the most of it.  We left the dogs at home after a walk, then drove the 30 minutes to Beachy Head.  Luckily we brought scarf, gloves and hats as it was still a tad windy up there.

It is such a beautiful coastline, hence the name.  Courtesy of www.beachyhead.org.uk we found out, “The name Beachy Head has nothing to do with a beach, but is in fact a corruption of the original French words Beauchef (13th Century) and Beaucheif (14th Century) meaning ‘beautiful head(land)’.”

While researching the area before we went, we also looked up www.bhct.org.uk as we’d seen some coverage of this wonderful charity on TV a while back.  They exist to help people in distress who have come to the cliffs in contemplation of committing suicide, aiming to help save lives.  When you arrive at Beachy Head you can park in the main car park (80p for 30 mins, £1.40 for two hours) and right next to it is the Countryside Centre and the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team headquarters.  There is also a telephone box with the number of the Samaritans prominently displayed. 

On a more positive note, we strolled over to the cliff edge where there is a memorial to Bomber Command. It was erected in July of this year, the only operationally relevant monument to the 110,000 RAF personnel who flew with Bomber Command.  Of those, 55,573 never returned (www.bombercommandtribute.org.uk) with the white cliffs of Beachy being their last glimpse of Britain. It is astonishing that it has taken nearly 70 years for a permanent memorial to be made.

 

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Having paid our respects, we wandered further along the coastline and took some amazing shots of both the cliffs and the sea, whilst slowly freezing!

 

 

 

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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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