24th June 2013 Boscastle & Tintagel

We visited the village of Boscastle today and met our lovely friends Al and Isabel.  It is roughly half way between where we are working and where they’re staying while looking for a new home.

Boscastle is a very pretty harbour village, devastated by a serious flood back in 2004.  Most of you will remember it as it was covered on the national news, with all the emergency services involved including the coastguard helicopters.  Within the visitor centre they have some information detailing the timeline of that awful weekend, with flood markers so you could get an idea of high the levels were.  We would have all been completely underwater where we were stood! It is difficult to believe the amount of devastation that was caused, but looking at the video of cars and full size trees slamming into the bridges, with filthy brown water surging through people’s houses and businesses it fills you with horror.

The bridges, river walls and buildings have been re-built and it really is a beautiful place now.  We all met and had a sandwich in the National Trust cafe, along with the doggies, Hamish and Lucy. Their plans are moving in the right direction and we’re so pleased things are working out well for them, having taken a similar leap of faith as us to change their life.

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After our lunch we left Al and Isabel and drove to Tintagel. As National Trust members we visited the old Post Office (normal charge about £5 per person) which is really tiny!  Then we took the steep hill to the edge of Tintagel Castle.  It is owned by English Heritage and costs around £5 again but we didn’t bother to go in – maybe next time.  You can still see the remains from the coastal path but beware, it is a steep path down to the ruins!

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It was lovely to have a really relaxing weekend, as the campsite is starting to get busier.  Although the real busy six weeks of the summer holiday hasn’t started yet we’re already 90% full, and we’re still trying to fit groundwork in between pitching and cleaning.

Unlike the last couple of seasons, we’re pacing ourselves this time as we’re determined to not fall into the same trap again. Friends and colleagues kept telling us to slow down as we’ll burn out before the end of the season, so we’re putting it into practice this year. 

Despite the odd difficult camper we’re absolutely loving the job and way of life – still better than endless financial deadlines and accident investigations we used to live our lives by!

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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