16th February 2013 1st anniversary in a yurt!

Well what a year it has been to test our yurt!

The weather to begin with was freezing cold so that was good from the point of view that we could put the wood burning stove through its paces!

It certainly warms the yurt and is a wonderful feeling. It has been described by friends who have visited as a wrap around warmth as if you we’re being hugged.

Early on in 2012 (march I think it was) we were treated to a bit of sun. We could do without the fire and any other kind of heating as the yurt warmed up nicely in the day time and was still warm by bed time.

Some days we had to roll up the sides to allow airflow into the yurt to cool it down.

Then April came and with it the rain began and pretty much continued for the rest of the year!

This was a real test for the waterproofing and what a great job it did. We have had no leaks and no damp. It was a good job that we erected it on a timber base a foot off of the ground because one morning after a very heavy night of non stop rain we opened the door and it was as if we had built a moat around us!

I will be adding more to this post in the future when I have more time to explain the pros and cons of yurt living.

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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