25th December 2013 Christmas Day

Last Saturday we went off to Park Med, Cartagena with Al & Isabel to do our big shop before Christmas. We also went into a big sports store called Decathlon to have a look at the running gear. I bought a pair of running trousers and a top as I am now running again! I have now finished week 1 and have done run 1 week 2. Angela had a look around but did not fancy anything. Just as well really because my running trousers were far too small and fitted her so Merry Christmas Angela!

On the Sunday we all went to the market in Cabo de Palos. It was very much like the markets back home with lots of clothes stalls, fruit and veg, fishmongers and other small traders. We bought some nice honey and fruit and veg and after a good walk around we went for a coffee and sat outside in the glorious sunshine.

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Today is Christmas in Spain but the weather is awful with high winds and rain. Nowhere near as bad as it is back in the UK. We have been listening to the news on the radio and reading it on the Ipad and feel sorry for those people without power, flooded and stranded due to travel chaos.

Our day began with our usual Bottle of bubbly and a breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled egg on toast. We then went to see Hamish open his present from his mum and dad. We did have a Christmas card from them all but Hamish decided that it would be better if he ate it! Thanks Hamish.

Al & Isabel were very naughty and gave us a present after they had already given us some Christmas treats including a nice Christmas Pudding.

We decided on a nice piece of steak for our dinner today with a nice Rioja to wash it down.

After we had cleared away we wanted to go and walk the dinner off. We went via Al & Isabel to see if Hamish wanted to come for a walk. The weather was not brilliant but off we went. We had not got very far when the heavens decided to open up. I did have a waterproof jacket on and Angela had a small umbrella but we had shorts on and got soaked through to the skin. Hamish was like a drowned rat by the time we got him back and Al had gone out in the car to look for us bless him.

We went straight back to the van, dried off and retired with 2 movies. U571 and a Doris Day film…………..we know how to live!

Merry Christmas Everyone.

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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