31st March 2011 Return from Taunton

The last few days involved a trip to VanBitz based in Taunton, Somerset to have some remedial work done on the ‘van. 

On Monday we met Bill and Lynn again, the owners of the campsite who gave us a great welcome. They were keen to impress on us that we needed to take some time to relax and recharge our batteries.  It was a lovely gesture as it gives us some breathing space to get everything sorted and to catch up on some much needed sleep.

We got the awning set up too and with Paul’s help got a level (yes, level!) base which will be a first!  This season will be the first time we’ve been able to use it as extra sitting area, rather than storage sat on mud. 

We didn’t realise how tired we were after all the trials and tribulations of being in Oxford.  It felt as if we’d gone backward and were back in the old lifestyle we’d worked so hard to leave only 18 months before.  A valuable lesson has been learnt though and we’re already planning our travels for next winter!

However, no sooner had we arrived at this lovely site when we had to travel down to Taunton for some unexpected repairs.  It’s a nice place to visit though and the campsite attached to VanBitz, Cornish Farm (www.cornishfarm.com) is lovely.  The walk into Taunton takes about half an hour but most of it is along a stream so you forget the time.  We were able to get our Mothers Day cards and presents sorted out there which was a real bonus.

Our return back was fairly uneventful, although we did make a slight detour into Wales (about 15 miles out of our way) but we made a quick correction and got back on track!  Between the two of us we need to work on our communication skills 😉

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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