3rd May 2013 Padstow, Cornwall

When we were told on the Monday that we were out of a job our Area Manager, Martyn was excellent.  He kept us informed about what was going on and came back to us within the day, to offer us a post on the CCC site down in Tregurrian, Cornwall.  It is about four miles outside of Newquay and is surrounded by beautiful beaches and coastline.

We fulfilled a couple of days work at Hereford while trying to pack up our belongings, then after a leaving (cheese) party with Brian and Glenys we set off on the 1st May to head down south.  Dean drove the motorhome and trailer while I brought up the rear in Smarty Pants.  It was a straightforward journey albeit long, but when we were within ten miles of the site we started to relax as the scenery is absolutely stunning.  It felt like we were back in the Highlands of Scotland, with white beaches and sunshine!

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Paul and Angi (site managers) met us when we arrived and after a brew showed us around the site.  We were chatting for ages, but eventually got settled in the ‘van and ate more cheese!  The next day we sorted our pitch out, bought some provisions and then took a trip into Padstow.  It was absolutely heaving, as they had put on a May Day festival the day before and there were still some stragglers left in the town.  As you walked past many of the pubs you could hear men singing, and they were even singing outside as the pubs could not accommodate any more people. 

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We spoiled ourselves and had a lovely ice cream by the harbour, watching the speed boats and ferry coming and going. 

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On our return Dean cooked some prawns on the barbecue and we had them in black bean sauce, washed down with some lovely beers Richard bought us back from USA – cheers!

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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