17th January 2013 4th Anniversary.

No not a wedding anniversary as that is going to be 16 years for us this year Birthday cake and never a cross word Winking smile

This was the day 4 years ago that we became ‘fulltimers’ and (nervously) drove off in our new shiny motorhome (HMS Robyn). "HMS Robyn"

We sold up in October 2008 and stepped off not only the property ladder but off of the Rat Race. I had a year off work (unpaid) and Angela had given in her notice.

We were going to give it a year and then see what happened after that!

For those that have followed our website will know that in that time we have had many adventures, seen some lovely places not only here in the UK but also in Europe.

We have also seen many types of weather which some of you may think is a strange thing to say but it is a completely different experience in a motorhome than it is in bricks and mortar.

We have had two winters with temperatures of minus 18 degrees C Germany and the UK.

Cannot find German picture but this is Oxford in December 2010.

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On the bright side we have also wintered in Spain (2011)

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A lot of things have happened between then and now and I won’t bore you with the details. You can look back through our website if you have the urge to read more!

We now only work six months of the year for the Camping and Caravanning Club which allows us to have the other six months off to either travel or just hole up somewhere.

We now even have the option of seeing the winter out in our yurt, speaking of which we are coming up to the first anniversary of living in that also. We are now owners of two properties!

I think I speak for both of us when I say that we have had a fantastic time and cannot see us living in a house again for a while.

As long as we are healthy and fit I can see us doing this for a few more years.

Cheers

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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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3 Responses to 17th January 2013 4th Anniversary.

  1. Hollie says:

    So proud of you both- you look so happy. Miss you lots. All my love. X x

  2. Tim & Sue (Bond) says:

    Well done both of you, proof indeed that there is life outside BT and (fixed) home ownership 🙂
    Hopefully meet up again sometime soon.
    Take care, keep writing the blog. Its nice to see where you is at 🙂

  3. Mother says:

    Congratulationa to you both for having courage.xx

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