23rd December 2011 Getting ready for Christmas…

…Wednesday we motored into Cartagena to the large Carrefour supermarket to stock up on some goodies for Christmas Day.  They have a very good selection of produce, many things you would expect to find in the UK (well, it is Christmas after all!) and it was great as there were no hordes of people rushing around at the last minute.

We’d prepared well for the journey with all panniers and tank bag attached, but we didn’t need all the space in the end.  On our way back we called into The Missing Link butchers in Los Belones. run by a couple originally from Oundle in Northamptonshire (www.missinglinks.biz).  The other week we bought some lamb from them and it tasted wonderful. 

The service they provide is second to none, with nothing too much trouble.  They make you feel as if your custom is important to them and they take great pride in their business.  We’re back off there tomorrow to collect a few last minute bits and pieces – we already have our lamb marinating ready for Christmas Day!  By the way, their Chelsea buns are quite nice too…

The campsite is filling up quite quickly now with only the front row of pitches left, and listening to a few conversations the ‘satellite TV man’ has run out of dishes… We can honestly say we’ve not missed TV (we do get the news intermittently) and we are getting on really well with each other – maybe there’s something to be said for not having a goggle box so easy to hand.

It is still quite quiet and peaceful though and we cycled to the salinas again today along the Mar Menor – as flat as a millpond, with a haze hovering on the horizon.  We also popped into a bar along the Strip where we watched the tractor going up and down tidying up the beach, while watching the waves rolling in – pictures to follow…

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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1 Response to 23rd December 2011 Getting ready for Christmas…

  1. katbri and penrose says:

    you only bought 3 oysters? did you enjoy them?

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