3rd November 2012 End of Season Bonfire

Apart from wanting to visit the Flavours of Herefordshire, we also came back as we said we would help out with the closedown which was Sunday 4th November. Before that we had the end of season bonfire and BBQ on Saturday the 3rd.

We do not have fireworks for obvious reasons but we do have a great big bonfire which we began building halfway through the season. It was scheduled for 6pm but after all the rain we had been having we were not sure if it would light, so Terry and I began lighting it (with a little bit of help from certain fluids) half an hour earlier.

Well, with the wind in the right direction it took quite well and by the time the campers came over it was well alight and all around were nice and warm. The lovely Hazel was busy handing out sparklers as well as selling raffle tickets (a great multi-tasker). The atmosphere was great as the fire got everyone talking to one another.

Some stayed for a while and others drifted back to the reception area where the rest of the staff and friends were helping out with the BBQ. On offer (for a donation) was soup, burgers and sausages and by the time I got back there was a great atmosphere, with people laughing and joking with each other. Terry and Karen did a sterling job of keeping the barbecue going and getting everyone fed.

Last year there were about 40 people that attended but this year was even better with at least 100, lets hope next year will be even better!!!

Sadly, as we were so busy working we were unable to get any photographs.

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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