17th June 2013 Charlestown and Mevagissey

We spent a leisurely day yesterday starting with a visit to the swimming pool and steam room in the morning.  Then after a quick visit to the supermarket we got a roast dinner underway and the Guardian newspaper out to read. It has been another busy week for us at work so we just wanted to relax for a day.

As the weather has taken a turn for the worse this weekend our ‘wet day’ plan has been put into action. On Monday we visited the Cornish Shipwreck & Heritage Museum at Charlestown, near St Austell. It costs about £6 entrance fee and it is well worth the money. You can spend a good couple of hours in there as there is plenty of information about the clay mining industry, which played a major part in the history of the town.

There is also extensive information about the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred around the coastline, along with displays of diving equipment dating back to the first suits used in the late 1800s. In the harbour there is a tall ship that is being renovated, along with the old Harbour Master’s office that can be rented out for the day!

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Dean and I then took a drive to nearby Mevagissey as one of our old friends and neighbour, Viv used to go there for holidays.  We had to park just outside the main town in the main car park that cost £3.50 for two hours!  Cornwall is such an expensive place to visit, but we were not disappointed with the little town.

It is a beautiful little harbour town, a bit like Padstow but more tranquil.  We wandered round the tiny little streets and around the harbour for a good hour, stopping for a Cornish pastie and chips – when in Cornwall!

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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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