17th January 2015 6th Anniversary!

Today it has been six years since we began full timing in our motorhome and we both agree that it has been (apart from getting married) the best thing we have ever done together.

For those that do not know in October 2008 we sold our house in Abingdon, Oxfordshire along with all of our belongings (and the cats Thelma & Louise)  and moved in with Dean’s mother. Some people thought we were mad to get rid of our lovely house and big garden but we were about to embark on an adventure into the unknown.

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We had put a deposit down on a motorhome with West Country Motorhomes in Swindon even before we had sold our house. and finally picked it up in November. We went off on our maiden voyage as we called it for a couple of weeks to get used to it before putting it into storage. We did not have a clue what we were doing but soon got the hang of things.

The motorhome has everything we had in our house, TV, Shower, Toilet, Bed, Garage, Fridge and cooker albeit on a smaller scale. One of the advantages that a motorhome has over a house is that you can take it with you and also you can follow the good weather!

Angela was still working as a financial accountant and I had taken a years unpaid leave from BT. The plan was for Angela to work up until Christmas (I finished early November) while I painted and decorated the house and any other job that needed doing.

So after spending Christmas together we finally collected the van from storage and began our adventure which has been documented on this website.

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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3 Responses to 17th January 2015 6th Anniversary!

  1. Isabel & Al says:

    Well, what an adventurous six years you two have had – and thank goodness you made that huge step – otherwise we may never have met you!

    Here’s to your house-free future and many happy times xx

  2. Angi says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!! X x X

  3. Tim & Sue (Bond) says:

    Well done both of you, have been enjoying reading all about it, is it really six years. Heres to the next six years and next six etc etc.
    Look forward to meeting up some day.

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