7th June 2011 Driving & Fishing Gear!

This week we were on early shift so after work we took  ‘Sid’ the Smart Car out to get familiarised with the gear change system and also to get used to driving a left hand drive car. Unlike myself Angela has never driven a left hand drive car so off we went, me driving around the side roads to explain a few things and to explain the manual or automatic driving system.

I am glad that we had a small car as the roads we were on were very narrow and windy. We were on a magical mystery tour as neither of us knew where we were or where we were going! I eventually noticed a signpost from a previous bike ride that got us back on track and eventually back home.

Today, after work we took Sid into Hereford to look for ‘Woody’s’. Once again we were pleased to have such a small car as the parking outside can be limited at the best of times. There was a very small gap between a car and a motorbike which may just have been left for a smart car! so we parked up and had a giggle to ourselves.

It has always been my intention to park front on to the kerb in Sid as we have seen in London. When I do I am sure we will giggle again and I will also take a picture for all to see the benefits of owning a small car.

Woody’s is a fishing shop that is run by anglers for anglers and for me it was like being taken back to the 1990’s as this is when I last fished. It was like going into a sweet shop as we walked around with my little list of things to buy. The aroma was the same as I remembered, the sweet smelling ground baits as well as the distinct smell of the maggots!

Woody was serving and he knew the Millpond well and had fished it himself a few times. He was very helpful and he gave me some good advice about the things to buy and how to use a certain float I bought. While we were talking fishing techniques Angela thought that we were talking a different language.

Angela’s knowledge of fishing is growing because everyday at work she is dealing with people who come in to buy their day fishing tickets. We also sell bait and some tackle from our shop. I often hear her on the phone to someone saying “no boilies or wet dog or cat food but other baits are okay so long as they are not artificial” She is getting to know the types of fish in the lake also.

When we got back home from Woody’s I put my newly purchased items away and got my reels out to remove the old line. There are some big fish here and the last thing I want to do is chance my luck that the old line which is well over 15 years old would not break if and when I hook into one!

Once the old line was off and disposed of carefully I got Angela to assist me in putting the new line on, something she has helped me with before.

Now that I have everything I need I can get out there and start fishing. Oh and by the way I had to buy a rod licence which I did online so I am now legal.

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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