16th July 2012–Still here…

…not quite drowned yet!  The weather this year has been awful and most of our time has been spent trying to keep the site up to the fine standard it has been accustomed to.  We’ve been so busy our plans of getting off site to do lots of touristy things has gone out the window.

Our new colleagues start with us this week so we’re looking forward to having fun again while working.  There is lots to do but they’re great to have around and are not afraid of hard work so life is good!

We’ve had family down to visit over the last couple of months and it has been wonderful to see them and to show them where we live in the summer.  Dean has agreed to sell the motorcycle as we’re not using it enough and I have lost all confidence.  The quality of car driving down here is abysmal so it is on the way to having a new owner.

Plans are afoot for the winter – main ones being Christmas in the Lake District with my mother (in a cottage with a real fire hopefully), a trip to Germany in December to see our lovely sister-in-law when we hope to take in a couple of Christmas Markets too, then dog sitting somewhere in the south of England (Sussex) for our lovely friends and their beautiful hounds, Hamish and Lucy!

The new ducklings/moorhens/birds have been thin on the ground this year, we guess because of the flooding we’ve had but we’re getting a few wandering around. The woodpecker has been a frequent visitor to our feeder as has the robin so we’re still getting our fix of wildlife

The yurt is holding up well in the damp weather (no leaks) and it has been a real haven for us.  Our decorative cover has shrunk but the temporary one we’ve been loaned is still in the garage as it has been too wet to change them over. Maybe in September’s Indian summer….

Watch this space and we’ll update our blog soon when we actually do something interesting!

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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