Some people have recently been asking us if all is ok as the website has not been updated as often as before.
The simple reason for that is simple………not a lot has been happening 🙁
We have both come to the conclusion that our time spent up in Scotland was fantastic. Great scenery, good walking, great biking roads, long days with the occasional rays of sunshine. A good working rota and good managers. Loch Ewe only a spit away from where we were parked and great wildlife, especially birds. No noise or light pollution.
Although we have got good managers here that is pretty much where the similarities end!
No long days here, lots of cold and snow (so far), too miserable to go out walking and as we are both from Oxford anyway there are only so many times you can walk around Christ Church or the town centre. Biking is not as much fun down here, it seems that everyone is so aggressive and out to get you! The only sun here is the paper one that the odd camper has left behind. We do have Old Father Thames on our doorstep but we have regularly walked it both ways. The wildlife is ok and the birdfeeder is well visited by a number of birds all eager for their feed. I have even seen Old Reynard in the early hours of the morning.
We have noise pollution aplenty here! The main railway line is right next to us and even better is the dairy and refrigeration units that seem to begin at 1 in the morning! The bridge across the railway line is in the process of being demolished so sometimes in the middle of the night you can hear the heavy machinery battering into the brick.
So what have we been up to?
Sadly, my Uncle Frank passed away so we attended his funeral on the 11th and gave him a good send off. It was great to see the family again albeit in sad circumstances. RIP Frank.
After the snow had gone I decided that I would take the bike out for a spin. It would not start so I had to get the RAC to take it to a local bike dealer where it was going to be fixed and serviced ready for the coming year. The long and short of it is that the fault was hard to detect and at £55 an hour it soon added up. Altogether the total bill for fixing and servicing was £525! At least we now have peace of mind that it is now safe and roadworthy.
Last night (29th) we were taken out to ‘The Fishes’ for a farewell meal by Malcolm and Alison. Good food and great company all added to a great night out.
Malcolm and Alison have been managers here in Oxford since January 2009 and they have served their time well – they have the scars to prove it! They will be leaving this Tuesday and after a few weeks of well earned rest they will be starting a new contract in Chipping Norton. Not too far away so we will still be able to visit them occasionally.
Not only are they good managers, they have become true friends. Angela and I came here when we first got our motorhome, and before and after a trip we would use the site here as a base to load or unload.
They have always been friendly and given us good advice especially when we decided that we would like to work for the Camping & Caravanning Club. We kept pestering them, asking them what is was like and what sort of things did you have to do. We eventually decided to go for it and ended up having our interview here and then we had our work experience here with them. This has set us up and is why we are here now.
I spent three hours at the John Radcliffe hospital last week as I tried to slice the top of my finger off! As Angela is now working at Go Outdoors until we leave, the dinner duties have fallen to me. I was busy chopping the vegetables for dinner when I forgot what I was doing and sliced through my right index finger. Ali took me to hospital then had to come back to the site to cover the shift I was supposed to be working. Angela was working so I popped in to tell her the good news then left her to sort out dinner when she finished.
We’re now looking forward to Hereford and are making our plans to get everything ready in order for our next move…..