30th April 2013 All change!

Well, we’ve been rather busy just lately!  We dropped the motorhome off with Autotrail in Grimsby on the 19th April to get the garage repaired, then made our way back to Hereford (in a hire van) to start work on the 22nd. No sooner did we start work when we were told that due to circumstances beyond our control we would not be working there this season.  It was a bit of a surprise, but the bonus is we’re now on the south coast in Cornwall…more on that later!

Luckily, before we were made aware of this we’d already decided to go back to Oxford the weekend before to see both our mothers.  We had a fantastic time catching up with them, I (Angela) spent a couple of days with my mum and Dean spent the weekend with his mum.  It was nice just to spend time with them, chatting about nothing and having a bit of a giggle.

The sad part about leaving Hereford is the brilliant people we’ve made friends with over the last two years.  Brian is a lovely man, a true gentleman who Dean was looking forward to practising his guitar with of an evening.  Glenys, Brian’s wife is such a cheerful lady with a mutual love of cheese!  We did manage to achieve our cheese and wine evening before we left!  Richard and Anna (groundsman) are a wonderful couple who have been put through the wringer last year, but things are looking up and we’ll keep in touch.  His sense of humour is priceless, and some of his one-liners will stay with us forever.

Although we won’t see them as often as we’d like, we’ve made friends for life so we’ve been blessed.  Rob and Margo have become friends too – hopefully they’ll make it down to Cornwall, hip permitting? 

When the regular campers found out we were leaving, they were wonderful and came up to us to wish us well and thank us for all our help.  We’re very proud of all we’ve achieved at the Millpond, and how hard we worked.  The campers have noticed and appreciated us and that is all you can ask for, if we’ve made someone’s holiday a better time then that’s good enough for us!

Our yurt will be put up for sale and we’ll strip that down at the end of the season.  Due to the short notice of our change of contract, we’ve been allowed to leave it there until we return.  We thought we’d be able to enjoy it for longer, but alas it is not to be.  We enjoyed our year in it and the memories we have are something that can never be taken from us.  Many an evening has been spent drinking wine and eating copious amount of cheese with Terry, Karen and Barney the Border Terrier.

Hazel and Alan, our Scottish friends who winter sit, will hopefully be on site when we return so we can see them once more.  During all this upheaval we’ve also made the trip back to Grimsby to collect our motorhome as it has now been fixed.  We now have our home back and can get back to our original plan of working on different sites every year, as assistants.  On that note, we are now in Cornwall…

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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