29th May 2011 Birds of Prey

This weekend has not gone according to plan…as Dean developed gout Friday evening :-( 

The poor chap was in agony over the weekend, so much so that he actually took pain killers!  We’d had a really busy week with the Friday being the start of Half Term, so the world and his wife had booked into the Millpond for a week’s holiday.

Then. Saturday had been earmarked for a serious sort out of the ‘van as it was so untidy we were struggling to find anywhere to sit down.  In the end, we whizzed off to Homebase and bought a bookcase to put our TV, digital photo frame etc. on.  Before they were balanced on boxes on top of the coffee table, class!

Dean busied himself with setting that up while I tidied up and we’re pleased with the results.

On a more exciting note, on the Sunday we borrowed Lynn & Bill’s car and drove out to the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) based in Newent, Glocs.  The ICBP (www.icbp.org) was created in 1967 and is a specialist zoo, working to conserve and research the raptors they look after.

The flying demonstrations were amazing, with the Harris Hawk skimming the top of Angela’s head with its feet when it came back to land.  Mrs Parry-Jones is the lynch pin of the Centre, with her knowledge that she’s more then happy to share making the whole experience absolutely fascinating.

We saw burrowing owls, Black Kites, a Hybrid Falcon, a Steller’s Sea Eagle and an Eurasian Griffon Vulture all flying amongst others we cannot remember.  This is a place we’ll definitely be going back to visit as it is worth going to for the flying exhibitions alone.



There is just too much to say about this wonderful place so I will leave it for anyone who is interested to click onto their website and lose yourself in it!

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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