1st May Royal Afternoon Tea

The Millpond hosted a Right Royal Afternoon Tea Party this Sunday to celebrate the Royal Wedding.  After a leisurely breakfast we had a walk around the lake then got ready to help out in the afternoon.

We didn’t realise how organised the whole thing would be, with tables laid out and menus to choose from.  Sally & I were the waitresses for the afternoon, Dean was in charge of cold drinks and Paul did a grand job of serving teas and coffees most of the day.

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Bill was also a waiter for the afternoon with Lynn being the Head Chef, keeping everyone in order especially her tea man who would only take instruction from her!  Most people from the campsite joined in the fun and we were kept busy all the time with orders coming in and people ordering seconds, although I managed to eat a cream tea..

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A raffle was held in support of a charity called Hope, that helps children who are carers for terminally ill parents. With the support from our campers we raised just under £300 for the charity so all the hard work was worth it.

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Then when all was over the great clean up began, again with the campers helping us to put all the tables away while we washed and cleared up the kitchen.  To end the day we all had a cream tea together and left Bill and Lynn to sort all the money out!

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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