7th November Sorry…

….we’ve been very slack lately on updating the old blog, but hopefully we’re back on track again! It’s been a bit of a messy month as we’ve spent most of the time just getting ourselves settled in back at Oxford. 

We made a trip into London to see family earlier in the month. Angela’s brother is currently working there and his wife Heike had come over from Germany to visit.

We left the bus station in Oxford and got off at Marble Arch. We proceeded to the nearest Starbucks for a hit of caffeine and to meet up with Brian and Heike before heading off on foot around the City.

Brian & Heike were going to see Mousetrap that evening so we were heading for theatre land to get the tickets. On the way we visited Carnaby Street, China Town and Covent Garden. We had a nice meal just off Carnaby Street in a Pie ‘N’ Mash shop which was next door to a shop that sold Mod clothing. It is called ‘Sherry’s’ and we have a friend who was a Mod and his wife is called Sherry!

Some pictures of the day can be seen below.

Mash Shop   MOD Shop  Love

SOHO map of tiles  Brian & Heike Chinatown  Covent Garden

Apple Shop



We also met up in Oxford with friends we made in France last year.  Family and friends have been to visit and we’ve been spending time getting our ‘pitch’ set up properly.  It is not quite right yet so there are more manoeuvres due! 

The trailer has been sold so the hunt is now on for a box trailer that will house the motorcycle along with other items.  We’re looking for one with a tonne payload on it, which will give us some extra carrying capacity.

Dean has now started his contract and he seems to be enjoying himself as at the moment it involves a lot of gardening… 

The managers who will be taking over the site half way through Dean’s contract visited the site for a few days, so that has allayed our fears about who he’ll be working alongside next year.

We all met and had dinner together (courtesy of Alison, the current manager) on Friday night and it was a really good night with plenty of laughter and story telling. Poor old Woody (Alison’s greyhound) has a real fear of fireworks so he was a nervous wreck by the end of the evening!

Scotland is still very much in our thoughts though. We’re missing the beautiful scenery, the contented people, the lack of traffic, the air quality….

Anyway, we’re looking forward to being here for the next few months and again we’ve landed on our feet with who we’re working alongside.  That always makes a difference so here we go, let’s see what Oxford has to offer!

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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