11th May 2013 First week over.

Well, we have just finished our first week on early shift and also two days on our own as the managers had their long awaited days off!

The site is still very quiet which means we are able to get a few jobs done before it picks up. Angela and I have edged a couple of the hardstanding pitches that Paul had sprayed with weed killer earlier on. It was still quite hard as the grass had been left to grow over the edges for some time now.

When we first arrived it was nice and sunny so much so that I got burnt by the wind when on the mower, but that seems like a distant memory now as we have been having gusting winds and rain which has hampered the outside jobs that are left.

As I write this we are sat in the van with the wind and rain beating against the front windscreen. The only good thing about the wind at the moment is the direction as it is hitting us head on. For those of you that motorhome or caravan will know what it is like to be buffeted by the wind side on! We are glad we do not have an awning.

Angela has just finished preparing our Sunday roast chicken which is now in the Remoska. The vegetables are peeled and ready and she is now reading her book with her feet up. We are having a day of Folk music which is belting out of the Ipod docking station but alas we have no wine Sad smile I am very tempted to take smarty out for a wine run into Newquay! I think I could be there and back in half an hour but the rain is putting me off. I am also looking forward to finish off my book which is by Wilbur Smith called “A Time To Die” it is the last but one book from The Courtneys of Africa novels. They are a really good read and Angela is just starting the first one. They have been lent to us by the lovely Glenys who I think has all of his books.

Although we love our motorhome (just as well as it is our home!) we are missing the Yurt. In this weather on our day off we could have had the wood burner on the go, a joss stick burning away with the music in the background just relaxing in the space and wrap around warmth that the yurt gives you. If you have never been inside a yurt it is probably hard to understand but there is something special about them and we are so pleased to have lived in ours for a year and also experienced a winter in it. It will be a sad day in October when we have to go back to Hereford and strip it down. We are still undecided whether to sell it, put in into storage to use somewhere else or we may be able to use it winter site sitting on another site.

As I said we have just finished a full week and are now enjoying our two days off. We really get three days because on Saturday we finished at 2 O’clock and we do not start work again until 11:30am Tuesday……Happy days.

When the weather improves we will be doing a lot of sightseeing on days off as there is so much to do in Cornwall and luckily for us we get free admission to a lot of the top tourist attractions!

Even if the weather is bad we have Watergate Bay just up the road which we can access via the coastal path or along the windy road, either way it is less than 30 minutes away.

We walked there yesterday after work and saw some Kite Surfers, Kite flyers and a group of people were having tuition on a Kite board. You can have lessons here by  Extreme Acadamy

Watergate beach is two miles long and next week there is a Polo tournament on the beach which should be good to see as we have never seen Polo being played. http://www.watergatebay.co.uk/blog/2013/04/23/polo-on-the-beach-18th19th-may/

There are also other events going on so watch this space for some news and pictures from on the day.

The smell of roast chicken is now making my mouth water and I cannot concentrate so I am going to leave it there for now.

Here are some pictures from yesterday, our favourite is the little girl with the kite. Bringing a little colour into an otherwise dull, overcast day!

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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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