16th October2013 Flying Visit!

As our plans have now changed and we are heading to Spain we will need to display the square warning board on our bikes. Apparently a legal requirement there.

We could not find anywhere locally, including Go Outdoors so decided to take a trip up to the Motorhome and Caravan show at the NEC in Birmingham.

We were due to set off early but as usual it did not turn out that way.

Last night I spoke to our friends in Kidderminster and arranged to meet them after the show so after parking up in car park N7 we had a 10 minute walk to the main halls in the rain dodging the pointy things on the ends of umbrellas that certain people had no control over.

We literally headed straight to the Autotrail stand to see the new models, (liked a couple of them) then drifted around looking for the Fiamma stand where we knew they would have said warning square. On the way we stopped off at a few of the more expensive motor homes and came to the decision that we still love our van and the continental layout still does not suit us! Mainly the Carthago, Dethleffs and Hymer.

 

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After buying the square we left the main halls and headed back to the car park in the now torrential rain! Although we had an umbrella the angle it was coming down at soaked us from the waist down.

We eventually drove off with the window open as the smart car’s heating system is not man (or woman) enough to clear the mist from the screen and windows. (Not such a smart car then). Forty minutes later we were in Kidderminster and had a warm welcome from Barney, Karen and Terry.

It was great to see them looking so well and we had a really good catch up. Karen must have thought we were starving as she laid on a great lunch with sandwiches, salad, crisps, homemade scones and jam with clotted cream and a homemade Swiss roll. She has obviously got too much time on her hands to have the time to bake and cook and fit in Zumba, Pilates as well as bums and tums!

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We spent a couple of hours with them and sadly had to leave for the rush hour journey home but at least the sun was shining by then.

We look forward to seeing them again soon where we can spend longer together.

Angela did a sterling job driving today having to deal with heavy rain, road spray then bright sunshine so by the time we got back to Oxford we decided to go straight to The Duke of Monmouth for a pub meal and a pint.

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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