18th January 2013 Oxford

We’re well into the new year now so a touch of ‘spring cleaning’ was in order.  Having checked the weather forecast we made the decision to go back to Oxford today as snow was forecast for the coming week.

At Oxford we still have loads of clothes that we’ve not worn since 2008 so armed with bin bags we set to and collated three bags worth to go to either charity, family or the bin.  Business suits we used to wear will never be worn again, especially as neither of us can fit into them now! Chris looked after us so well again and tried to fatten us up.  Our timing was perfect, with the snow having fallen and Chris still recovering from knee surgery we were on hand to walk to the shops for any provisions needed.

We managed to visit our very good friends, Sherry and Frank one evening.  True friends are those you may not have spoken to for months but as soon as you meet it’s like you’ve never been apart.  Dean and I had such a good laugh with them, we miss them when we’re apart. 

Our stay in Oxford was extended unintentionally, due to the amount of snow that had fallen.  Maybe we would have left for Hereford earlier but as we only have a Smart car we decided it wasn’t worth the risk.  The journey is all country roads and the Cotswolds were particularly hard hit so we made sure the yurt was still standing, then headed into the loft.

Again, a lot of our ‘home-making’ kit is in the loft just in case we ever move back into bricks and mortar again.  Having looked at what we’ve got, we’re keeping it all…

One of our favourite places in Oxford is Christ Church Meadow, especially when it is covered in snow.  We had a walk through it this week and it is beautiful every time you visit.

We were finally able to leave Oxford the following Thursday.  Oxford had defrosted but the nearer we got to Hereford the whiter the landscape became, but thankfully most drivers were being cautious so the drive back was without drama.  The only hairy bit was coming back onto site as the snow was still there! 

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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