29th July 2013 Bodmin

This weekend we were absolutely bushed.  On Sunday we pulled up the blinds, read the paper and in between reading and eating a lovely Sunday dinner, we slept!  This week has been a real challenge as we didn’t realise how different the site becomes during the summer holidays.

Some people seem to have packed everything for their holidays except their manners, but we were pleased to see that most people were just excited about their holiday. We have taken on board the ‘48 hour’ rule where you never judge anyone until two days have elapsed, and it has proven true this weekend.

Monday we ventured out onto the mental roads of Cornwall and headed for Bodmin Gaol. The weather had broken and we were forecast heavy rain so we instigated our wet weather programme.

It costs £7.50 per adult and was an interesting visit as it explained the history surrounding the death penalty and how it was delivered.  The severity of the crimes for which death was the sentence were quite minor given the standards of today, with transportation being the other option.  Fancy being sent off to Australia for ten years for stealing a chicken because you were starving!

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Then we took a trip on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, tickets costing £12 return. The station has been restored to reflect the 1950s and is situated on the trackbed of the former Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway, opened in 1834 (www.bodminrailway.co.uk).

They have many special events during the year, including a Steam Gala and Real Ale festival that we may visit early September.

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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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