26th March 2013 Newcastle

Yesterday we headed for Whitley Bay on the east coast of England, just to the right of Newcastle.  Dean had been keeping an eye on the forecast and we knew the roads we were going on had all been cleared so off we went.

The journey was the first one without any dramas!  We made good time and arrived at the Whitley Bay CC site in about three hours.  It amazes us that the site details state that all pitches are hard standing…so why do you have to drive over grass to get to every single one?!  It defies logic.  Anyway, we found a pitch right down the front facing out onto the North sea and we’ve been battered by the wind ever since.

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The wardens advise us that this is positively balmy weather compared to the weekend when they had wind gusts up to 60mph – now they’re only around the 40mph mark.  Having got set up we took a walk into Whitley Bay which took us 40 minutes and we were absolutely freezing!  The wind chill was immense as we were walking along the coastal path, so much so we admitted defeat after our shopping and got the bus back. 

Today we caught the bus into Newcastle.  The bus stop is only 200m from the site entrance and costs £4.10 return each for a 45 minute bus ride. We visited the Millennium Bridge, the Swing Bridge, the Sage Gateshead and had a bite to eat in Graingers Market.

Despite being frozen to the bone we had a great day out and walked for hours as the city is massive.  It would be worth going back in the summer to explore all the side streets and architecture but this week has just been too cold! 

 

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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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