24th March 2013 Windermere

We had a fantastic time in Ambleside, even meeting a couple who had been to the Millpond over last year’s Jubilee weekend – it is such a small world!  However, the weather forecast was looking rather bleak with snow storms forecast, so with our gas levels low we knew we should get onto a site just in case we got snowed in.

The locals swore blind that no snow would fall as the forecasters always get it wrong, they never get snow here – how wrong were they?!  After a couple of days on site the snow came down with a vengeance.  We had a few inches settle but in certain areas of Cumbria they’ve had three metre high snow drifts, and the road we came along from Coniston has been closed for days.  The wind has been really vicious too, adding to people’s misery around here.

After we got ourselves settled in we walked into Windermere through the snow and got some provisions, saying hello to the geese, swans and sheep on the way in.

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Over the next few days we watched the weather get worse across the region then it travelled further south.  We were stuck for a few days but the site staff were absolutely fantastic, and they kept everything working and the roads clear.  It was great to talk to other people who do the same job as us, to listen to their experiences on the circuit.  We’re really excited about getting back to work and are looking forward to the future.

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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