15th October 2013 A Fresh Start.

Our last post on here was when we were in Cornwall.  Since then we’ve been back to Hereford to collect our belongings from the yurt. We were a bit apprehensive about how we would feel, but we felt nothing but a sense of impending relief.

The best thing was spending another evening with our friends Brian and Glenys, who have been angels to us.  They’ve listened to all our woes, been estate agents for us and above all, been great friends. Like us they are lovers of cheese, so we polished off a fair amount during the evening with even the doggies getting in on the act!

It only took us two days to remove all our stuff from the yurt, so we were able to hand over the keys to the new owners early.  Through Dean’s ingenuity we managed to sell the yurt fairly quickly, but at a large financial loss to us.  Unfortunately, due to the timescale we had to work to we were unable to advertise it while away in Cornwall and then didn’t have time to when we came back.

Ultimately though, we’ve learned some valuable lessons from the experience that we’ll never forget! We’ve had some wonderful times in it and it is something we can look back on in later years as the time we lived in a yurt – how many people can say that?

We’re now back in Oxford and have been catching up with friends and family. All our extra goods have now been returned to storage (Dean’s mum) and we’ve spent ages getting our remaining stuff into some sort of order.

Our original plan was to spend a few months in Germany, but the long term weather forecast is for a severe winter in most of Europe.  There is already heavy snowfall in Bavaria, the area we were planning to visit so we’ve changed our plans and are now off to Spain!

The only sad thing is we will miss seeing family in Germany.

We’ve managed to get some relaxation in today and walked on Port Meadow. The horses were very inquisitive, but thankfully the cows left us alone. It was a lovely stroll, having dropped off Dean’s bicycle and guitar (at separate shops) to have bits fitted before we go off travelling.

The other day we walked into the City Centre and wandered around Christ Church meadow, along with hundreds of Chinese tourists! We had something to eat in our favourite pub, Far from the Madding Crowd, then walked all the way back to the site.

We’re here for a few more days so we’ve still got time to do a few more touristy things and see some more friends. It doesn’t take us long to get itchy feet!

 

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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