29th January 2012 The Millpond



P1240213 We think we’ve finally got ourselves sorted. The ‘van is now immaculate, inside and out and the washing machine has been thoroughly tested so we’re ready to continue!

The park looks wonderful, and we’re blessed to be able to be here at the moment – as nobody is here yet the wildlife are roaming around freely.

Fieldfares and redwings have been feeding on the worms, and Dean watched a buzzard swoop down from the oak tree and capture a shrew yesterday. Robins, Jenny wrens, magpies and lots of rabbits are bounding about along with the cheeky squirrels. We can hear the owls at night too and with no light pollution we’re getting fantastic views of the stars at the moment.


When you wake up in the morning all you can hear are the birds singing and then the sun rises at the back of the site, just beautiful.  This afternoon, the mist is coming down and you can see the air just above the ground going steadily white as we’re due some snow this evening.  Hopefully it won’t settle as our wood is being delivered tomorrow for the base of the yurt!

Everything seems to be going to plan (whisper that quietly) regarding the yurt and so long as the weather behaves we may have it built by mid February.  We’re hoping to capture our progress on camera so we’ll keep you updated on here…

Last night we went to the village hall in Tarrington to see The Alan Masefield Jazz Band, who were just fantastic!  They are a five piece band who obviously love what they do.  Not being a great lover of jazz, I was completely won over as they were playing Trad Jazz.  There was a Ploughman’s supper laid on that was very tasty and the bar kept us all in wine, ale and cider!  We walked there and back so we were equipped with a torch and fluorescent jackets as there is no lighting in the village.

This was one of the events organised by the village to raise proceeds for the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations and if this is the calibre of events we’ll be supporting every one!  In two weeks time, there will be the ‘Flicks in the Sticks’ in the same village hall.  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is the film and we’ve been wanting to go and see that for ages.

We’ve been back to Oxford overnight to collect some winter clothing, but it was a fleeting visit so we’ll have to go back soon to get some more bits and pieces.  Dean’s scarf is coming along a treat and hopefully he’ll be wearing it by the end of next week…thanks to the lovely lady in the knitting shop in Ledbury who helped me get the items I needed.  When I go in next time I’ll find the name of the shop and put it on here.

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 29th January 2012 The Millpond

  1. guess who says:

    Hello! Have you finished that scarf yet?! Sounds like you might need it for the next few days. Good luck with the yurt course – and hope the weather holds out for the groundwork.

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