5th April 2013 Pit Stop!

After a lovely stay in the Yorkshire Dales (Skipton) we decided to drive the 200 miles back to Hereford. We wanted to empty our garage and remove the bikes and any other non essential items ready for when it goes into the Auto-Trail factory to have some worked done on it.

The traffic was very heavy for most of the journey but the M6 was particularly bad and it took us 4.5 hours to get back.

We have been away from Hereford for six weeks and when we turned into the campsite drive it was amazing how different it was to the day we left after it had been raining for so long. It had dried out really well, the driveway has been cleared of the leaves and the sun was shinning.

As we pulled up to the barrier there was Bill with his great big smile waving to us as he had just finished dealing with a camper. The place had a really good feel to it and we are really looking forward to this season and god willing we are going to have a great summer……well it cannot be as bad as 2012!

After parking up and getting ourselves setup Angela got the tea on (chicken tagine) and I popped over to say hello to Bill (Lynn was out). An hour and a half later I went back to Angela who was about to send out for a search party!

We were a bit worried about what we would find in the yurt as we had turned the heating off and it is the longest we have left it unattended. To our surprise it was absolutely fine????.

We had tea and then chilled for the rest of the evening deciding to sort the van out the in the morning.

We awoke to a frost and what turned out to be a lovely day! Has spring finally sprung?
We spent most of the day sorting the van out, Angela hoovered and I aired all of the pillows and duvet in the sunshine before making the bed in the yurt for tonight.

While I was sorting the yurt out I lit a sage wand we have used them before and the yurt smells really nice afterwards and has a calm and relaxing feeling to it. We cannot wait to move in again!

We are leaving tomorrow morning back up north again as we are booked into a campsite in Ripley just outside Harrogate. http://www.ripleycaravanpark.com/

It is my birthday next week and the plan is for me to visit Harrogate Turkish Baths and have a nice massage before meeting Angela and then going to The famous Betty’s Tea Room

My Thai Green Curry is almost ready so I will leave it there for now and let you know how we get on next week!

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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