2nd February Yurt Training!

We woke up to a hard frost this morning which was not good as we had to drive to Monmouthshire to see Peter & Amanda Copp from the Authentic Mongolian Yurt Company (http://www.mongolianyurts.co.uk/).

Luckily it is less than an hours drive so after de-frosting ‘Smarty Pants’ we set off armed with a flask of coffee each, a blanket, extra clothing and picked up a snack from the garage where we filled up on the way down in case of a breakdown!

Peter & Amanda not only sell Yurts they have a Yurt campsite set in a beautiful valley location and it is aptly named ‘Hidden Valley Yurts’ (http://www.hiddenvalleyyurts.co.uk/).

It was a pleasant drive down apart from a few idiots on the road that wanted to overtake us as we were driving to the icy road conditions which they didn’t seem to care aboutSad smile

After we had parked up we were getting our overalls and warm clothing on when we were greeted by Spot the border collie, one of Peter & Amanda’s dogs. The other is a spaniel called Tilley.

We wandered down to the house and were warmly greeted by Peter who invited us in to their lovely house for a coffee. We had a bit of a natter before going outside to begin the training.

Part of the package when buying a Yurt from them is for you to go there for instruction on how to erect the Yurt. It is normally the Yurt that you are buying then you take it away with you when you leave.

This is a very good idea for a few reasons, the main ones I think are that you can see that all of the parts are there and they are not damaged and the knowledge that you pick up from Peter & Amanda (who have 6 years experience) is a great help.

All of the parts were spread out and bit by bit we were told what they were and more importantly the order in which to erect it. This is made easier for you as you are given an aide memoir/check list to go through so you follow the correct order.

Angela has already said that so long as she is in charge of the instructions and I/We follow her orders all should go well……….we shall find out very soon so watch this spaceSmile

So the tuition began and here are some photos we took……………..

During the day we were given lots of advice as well as coffee and biscuits.

Just before we left Amanda said to Angela that if we wanted we could take the walls of the Yurt with us in the car so we could practice putting them up until we got the rest delivered. This would have been OK in a normal car but when Angela told her we only had a Smart car they both had a laugh.

The Yurt is being delivered to us this Saturday………We cannot wait.

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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