10th July 2011 Yurt hunting and Beer on the Wye!

Every week just seems so busy, but we’re loving it!  The team are still working well together and the atmosphere is a fun one so it makes the long days just whizz by.

Friday we finished early (7pm) so had a quick shower and were sat down in the Cebu Oriental restaurant by 7.30pm (www.cebuoriental.co.uk) For a starter to share, and two main meals (chicken curry, chicken and green pepper in black bean sauce both with rice) the bill came to £28 which we thought was excellent.

They also provide a take away service along with home delivery so we’re sure we’ll be using them again in the future.

After our dinner it was still light so we took a drive out to The Oak Inn at Staplow as Bill and Lynn had recommended it to us, especially as they have live folk music occasionally.  Well, we think this might just become a favourite haunt of hours!  We only had one drink in there but the feel of the place was really friendly, airy and relaxed with candles lit on every table and well behaved dogs sitting with their owners.

Looking at their sample menu online, www.oakinnstaplow.co.uk we’re intrigued so we’ll be visiting them in the near future to test it ourselves.  On their website they also explain about their en-suite B&B accommodation, complete with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets – sounds like heaven…

Saturday we went off Yurt hunting.  We’ve been thinking about buying a Yurt to live in and having spoken to Bill and Lynn who seem to be happy to put up with us, we arranged to go and visit the Hidden Valley Yurt campsite in Monmouthshire.

Peter Copp, the owner kindly agreed to show us round and explained a bit more about them, what the pros and cons were and how easy they are to erect.  He was such a helpful gentleman who was very generous with his time.  We have a bit more to investigate following on from his feedback, but if we can make it work we’ll be living in a yurt this time next year! 

Peter’s company is called The Authentic Mongolian Yurt Company, www.mongolianyurts.co.uk based in Chepstow, Monmouthshire and along with selling the yurts to people like us, and campsite owners they also run the Hidden Valley Yurts campsite, www.hiddenvalleyyurts.co.uk.  If ever you want to get away from it all this is the place to go – such a friendly, tranquil area and we were met by their gorgeous collie dog, Spot.

We didn’t get any photographs as we were too engrossed in the yurts but look at their website as there are lots of pictures so you can see what we mean.

Sunday we went out for a drive then joined our friend Richard, at the Beer on the Wye festival in Hereford.  As a member of CAMRA he’s been involved in helping set up the festival so it was only right to go and show our support!

It was a really successful weekend with over 6,000 visitors.  Our pictures don’t do it justice as we arrived an hour before it closed on the final day so it looks really empty.


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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