15th December Meeting with friends

Yesterday I (Angela) went out for dinner with two good friends.  The last job I had before selling up was based in Wallingford and I got the bus out there to meet Sharon & Jane for dinner.

I hadn’t seen Sharon since 2008 and Jane in 2009 so we had a lot of catching up to do.  They both look amazing, even more so as I know how hard they work! We had a lovely meal at Pizza Hut in Wallingford, and they filled me in on all the goings on in the company.  It felt a bit strange hearing about my old way of life as it now feels so alien to me, and I can honestly say I do not miss anything about office life at all!

Sharon gave me a lift home at the end of the evening and the three of us intend meeting up again before we leave in March.

Today I met some more friends from another place I used to work, the NHS.  It was their Christmas Lunch in Headington and I was invited to join them.  The food was very good and again it was nice to catch up with how everyone was doing.  There have been a lot of changes in the NHS, with some of them being advised of redundancies but they were all still positive about the future.

Again, my good friend Sherry was there and every time we meet up I end up laughing all the time.  As the lunch came to an end I said my goodbyes and made my way back into Oxford City Centre as no shopping has yet been done for Christmas!

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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