13th April 2012 Well into the season…

We’re six weeks into the 2012 camping season and everything on site has fallen into place nicely.  Sandy and Tony have joined us and are fantastic. They are such a warm, caring, funny couple who are not afraid of hard work so they’ll be a real breath of fresh air for us this year.

They come with Ted and Holly, two old Schnauzers who are real characters – Ted wears a smoking jacket (David Niven style) most days and Holly prances around like she’s doing dressage!

Easter was really busy especially as the computer system is still not working properly which created twice as much work, but we all worked together and the campers were happy.  Our reviews on the CCC website are very complimentary and we’ve been getting really good feedback on site.  We’re all of the mind set that we need to keep improving but it’s always nice to have your efforts rewarded.

The whole team came round to the yurt on Easter Saturday for a house warming party and it was a really chilled out evening.  Bill held court telling funny stories and it was one of those evenings where the conversation flowed….we’ll be throwing another one soon.  Brian (water bailiff) and his wife Glenys came round too and it was great to spend an evening with them too.

Dean’s sister, Manda and John came to visit over Easter so we spent some time with them.  We think they enjoyed being here and having the chance to get away from studying, work etc.  It was Dean’s birthday this month too, but it sort of went by in a whisper as some of us on site have poorly loved ones at the moment and it all sort of came to light at the same time.

Our lovely friends who we met in Spain came to visit too, Al and Isabel.  It was so lovely to see them and we went out for dinner as it was Isabel’s birthday.  We are so very lucky that we’ve made some real long lasting friendships on our travels, we can’t quite believe our luck.

Our yurt roof seems to have stopped leaking so all is good with Gertie – it is one of the best things we have done as it is a real refuge for relaxation, so much so that no knitting has been done for a while!  Dean has begun his guitar lessons (just) so watch this space!

This weekend we plan to get out and about and start visiting the area, rather than just chilling out!

For those of you who follow our website and are members of the CCC, please do contact the site (or any others for that matter) direct if you wish to make a booking but find that online it says we’re full.  There are a few gremlins in the system and we’d hate to lose you because of it!  They are working hard on resolving the issues but until that time…

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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