29th March 2013 Durham

Back in 2010 when we were working up in Inverewe we met a couple from Durham, Carolyn and John.  Since then we’ve kept in touch but have not been able to meet up – until now!  We spent the Easter weekend at their house and were spoilt rotten! 

Saturday they took us into Durham city centre and we spent a good hour in the beautiful Cathedral.  Built in the late 11th Century it was eventually the church of the Benedictine Monastery where the monks worked and prayed.  Over the centuries, new towers were built and then the Chapel of the Nine Altars was completed in the late 13th Century.  It is a fascinating structure with many aspects inside to keep you interested, even the front doors.  In the Middle Ages people could seek protection from the law (if you were guilty) for so many days to enable you to sort your affairs out.  You then either had to submit to the law or arrange passage out of the country on a boat.

Within the Cathedral is the Durham Light Infantry Chapel, where they conduct Turning of the Pages ceremonies remembering those who have fallen. We were surprised to see on the open page a T. Kilgallon who fell in WW1, we will be doing some research on this when we get back to Hereford. There is also a memorial to the Miners of Durham, one of the major industries in the County until the last closure in 1994.

Sadly they don’t allow photography inside so we’re unable to provide any pictures but their website is www.durhamcathedral.co.uk If ever you’re up this way it is well worth a visit. 

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Durham also has a Castle that is now used predominantly by the University so it is not open to visitors except for guided tours, and typically they were fully booked the day we went. 

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The city also had an outdoor market going on and it was really buzzing with activity, the place had a really nice feel to it and it is a city we’ll definitely come back to.

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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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