6th March 2013 Lower Slopes of Old Man

For the last couple of days we’ve been relaxing on site, taking in the sun, making the odd cycle ride into Coniston to get some provisions and to visit the local hostelries.  Yesterday we walked in to get the bus to Ambleside, only to wave the bus off as we were literally 30 seconds too late!

That’s what you get for having a ‘motorhome’ breakfast…two cups of coffee, cereal, toast, bacon etc.  We had loads of time and thought 30 minutes would be enough to walk into Coniston, but as usual we’d got it all wrong!  So, we called into a coffee shop and had a latte and tea cake instead, followed by a trip to the local butcher where we bought some lovely steaks for dinner.

This was our treat as on Monday we went for a walk along the lower slopes of the Old Man of Coniston. It was only about three or four miles and turned out to be a bit of a bimble really, but we enjoyed it.  There was a lovely memorial seat on the route so we stopped and enjoyed our packed lunch, looking out to some beautiful views of the lake.

Every time we come back here we remark on how much we love the area.  We just seem to feel like we’ve come home and there is so much to do and see, we just relax when we’re here.  Tomorrow we’re going to take a more substantial walk around the shore of the lake, irrespective of whether it rains or not!

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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