20th February 2013 Kidderminster.

Well, we are underway at last on our seven week magical mystery tour!

We picked Bill & Lynn up from Birmingham Airport yesterday morning and had a good natter and catch up on the way back to Hereford. We then went into Ledbury for a full English breakfast at our favourite Market House Cafe before heading back to finish loading the ‘van ready for leaving today.

After saying our goodbyes we left The Millpond and had just over one hours drive to stay with Terry & Karen.

On our arrival we were treated to a warm welcome and after a ‘putting the world to rights’ session, we had a light lunch prepared by Karen of homemade bread for sandwiches and ginger cake. Mmmmm, yummy!

In the afternoon Barney needed to go for a walk so we all put on our wellington boots, then drove out to a lovely place called Chaddesley Corbett. We walked through fields and woods, which in places was like quagmire.  Barney seemed to love it though! 

Having originally planned on staying for only one night, we ended up staying for three.  They are such a genuine, lovely friendly family and we had a fantastic time with them.  We talked about everything and anything, one of those times when you can just talk and talk!  They’re like a double act in the best possible sense and we feel like we’ve known them for years, not six months.

We reckon we ended up putting on a few pounds in weight as they kept trying to feed us!  2012 was a pretty grim year, but one of the best things about it was we met them.

We look forward to working with them again sometime this year and will be keeping in touch during our travels.

Thanks to you both Smile

 

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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