17th March 2014 Back to Oxford

Last Wednesday we left our lovely friends at Fieldgate to travel back to Oxford mainly for a Christening but also it will be the last time we see friends and family until November.

The journey went well and we had a lovely meal cooked by Dean’s mum. Home made Shepherds pie and vegetables ūüôā

Thursday morning we drove to Wolvercote¬†cemetery to visit and tidy Angela’s late father’s grave. We had not been for about 18 months so he was in need of a trim. After we pruned the conifers¬†and cleaned the headstone Angela went to visit her Uncle George’s grave and I went to see¬†grave of JRR Tolkien which is¬†very popular with people of all nationalities as can be seen by some of¬†the many cards left.

We were both aching in our joints quite a bit after working on the campsite so we were both very much looking forward to seeing Lynne our Chiropractor Friday morning.

After our treatment we drove over to The Harvester at¬†Kidlington to meet up with Angela’s mother and her friend Bob.

We had a nice meal and a good chat before heading back to Dean’s mum’s where we rested for a while before going to The Mitre in Oxford for a meal with Dean’s mum (Chris), sister (Amanda)¬†and her husband (John). It was a lovely evening, we got the bus down and were later met by Amanda and John who drove.

Saturday we had a lazy morning and watched the England six nations¬†rugby match against Italy before going to the church in Littlemore for the Baptism of our friend’s son Joshua.¬†It¬†was great to see old friend’s at the service which went well and Joshua was very good.

    

After the service we drove just up the road to The Catherine Wheel in Sandford for a few drinks and a great buffet was laid on.

As it was the last day of the six nations rugby and England possibly being the winners if Ireland were defeated by the French the match was on the big screen for those interested. The sound was muted but you knew when something big had happened as the cheers rose. Alas it did not go England’s way and the Irish won but it was a great game and the best team did win.

Sunday was a beautiful day so Angela and I decided to go for a final walk around some of the tourist sites in the centre of Oxford.

We left¬†Dean’s mum¬†at home preparing a lovely roast dinner of Leg of Lamb with all the trimmings for later. John was at the TA most of the day so would be joining us and Amanda later.

As the weather was so nice town was already busy by the time we got there. We had a coffee and a pastry before our stroll around and we ended up having a sandwich in the grounds of Christchurch which was really busy. So busy that they were queuing to get in the cathedral.

     

    

The Sunday dinner smelt lovely as we walked in the front door. Amanda had just arrived and I (Dean) got on with re sealing mum’s bath before going down when John arrived for a feast and a few glasses of wine. Thanks everyone we had a great day xxx

Today we were going back to Sidlesham but after Lunch with Chris and Amanda first. Chris popped into the baguette shop after her Zumba Swimming session (she is 73 and still swims most weekdays)! to collect our cosen fillings.

I finished a few jobs for her before we finally left at 2:30 pm.

 

 

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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