3rd October 2014 Hereford.

Just a quick update to say that we finally feel like our lives are getting back to some sort of normality (whatever that is) now that work has finished.

We actually left Milarrochy Bay last Saturday and began our journey home to Oxford. We had one night in Moffat and bought a nice curry from the Bombay Cuisine for our evening meal, before driving down to Kendal the following morning.

We stayed on the Kendal site with Phil & Adele overnight and while there we took a drive into Ambleside to revisit some of our favourite places and shops. We had a bite to eat in the Apple Pie and later returned to buy some of their famous Bath Buns to have with a cup of tea.

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The weather was lovely which for those of you who have been to the Lake District will know how nice it can be! We only wished we could have stayed longer. That said, I think we would have run out of money quickly if we had of done so, due to our big urge to go on a spending spree!

We did visit the lovely Gaynors shop where I (Dean) bought a pair of Kühl Rydr trousers that I had seen in Glasgow but didn’t have my size so I was very pleased. They will come in handy for our travels.

We had about four hours in and around Ambleside before heading back to the Kendal site for another good chat with Phil & Adele. The site was looking lovely and they had been really busy.

The next morning was a bit drizzly to begin with but not long after we began our journey to Hereford the sun came out again and made it a pleasant drive. The only downside was a slow moving vehicle on the M6 that was straddling two lanes, that took ages to get past. After five hours we eventually reached The Millpond and had a lovely greeting from Brian & Glenys and the new owners Andrew & Theresa. Once settled on our pitch we went round to Brian & Glenys’ for a welcome brew and a good catch up.

Since we have been here we have met some of the old regulars who were very kind and said they missed us and asked if we were coming back to work! The site is looking really good and the new owners have done a wonderful job on their new accommodation and extended the storage area. They are planning to do more work over the winter to improve it further.

One person we were really pleased to have met up with was Richard and he looked well considering what he had been through the last few months. Long may he continue to do well.

The planned cheese night went well with Brian & Glenys and again we had a real good chat. It was just what we needed after the year we have had so a big thanks to them!!!!

Yesterday we went shopping in Hereford and I (Dean) found a great shop called Symonds where I treated myself to two pairs of Meyer chinos and a couple of nice cotton shirts. Again, this is what was needed for my sanity.

Today we met up with Rob & Margo for lunch at The Cock at Tupsley and had another good catch up. We worked with them at The Millpond and had not seen them for a couple of years. We soon put the world to rights and they said they would drive their RV down to Spain to see us in La Manga which is really exciting.

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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