15th April 2012 Brockhampton

This was the first weekend for a while where we’ve had some time to ourselves and we’ve loved it.

Saturday became our Sunday where we had the stove lit all day and we cooked a lovely roast dinner.  Most of the morning we just sat around, read the paper and drank coffee.  Then we had a walk around the lake, came back and sat down some more.  Heaven!

Sunday we had regained our energy so off we went to visit the National Trust Estate of Brockhampton (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton-estate/)  We were blessed with the weather and the sun shone all day.  As members of the NT we thought it was time we actually visited some of their sites and the information leaflets they provide led us to choose here.

There is a beautiful gatehouse that leads you into the old manor house, that you are able to enter and the gentleman inside was really helpful and informative. 

Within the grounds they have created about five different walks that range from a couple of miles up to five, so we’re going back to tackle these.  If we do all of them in one day that will total 12 miles which should be an adequate walk – we’re missing getting out and about in the fresh air.  There are plenty of things to see on the walks, with sculptures en route, wetlands, apple presses and woodland.

The walks are accessible for all with styles being replaced by gates, although they maintain it can get muddy – hence why we didn’t do them this time – inappropriate footwear!

On our way back we came across The Hop Pocket (www.thehoppocket.com) a craft centre in Bishops Frome that we’ve been meaning to visit since last year.  We ended up buying food, joss sticks, beer and something extra.  After tasting some liqueurs in the Hop Pocket Wine Company (Dean drove) we ended up with some glorious marmalade vodka!

We made our way back home and ended the weekend the same way it began!

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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