4th October 2011 Poole

We got up early this morning so we could wash and dress before the staff at Essanjay (http://www.essanjay.co.uk/) arrived.

We handed over the keys to Gary, discussed what other things we needed seeing to on the van and then headed off along the footpath into Poole.

As usual when we go to Poole we headed straight for our breakfast in the JD Wetherspoon’s  pub called The Quay (http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-quay) on the Quay which has nice views out to Brownsea Island. We both had a full English and a coffee.

After breakfast we wrote a list of things that we needed from town as well as a list of things we needed to move from the van back to Dean’s mothers before we go off touring again.

We had another coffee, watched a few passenger boats set off for their cruise around Brownsea Island and then left for the town centre.

We were in two minds whether to stay another night in Poole or drive straight back to Hereford. We decided that we would head back to Essanjay’s, see when they were finished and make our decision then.

On our return we were pleased to find out that the van had passed the MOT Smile and the habitation test was all ok Smile it was about 4 O’clock so we decided we would head straight back to Hereford which would take us about 3-4 hours.

As it was late getting back to the campsite and our trailer was parked on our pitch we decided we would park up at the top of the back field until the morning.

It was quite eerie in the back field as we were the only ones there and as it was pitch dark. The sky was clear so we were able to see lots of stars and we could also hear a couple of owls hooting to each other.

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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