10th November 2013 Reunion

After a nice lie in we were having a leisurely breakfast (as you do!) when all of a sudden I saw someone I recognised walk passed the front of the van. Angela did not see him and wondered what was going on as I tried to get out to see him quickly whilst trying not to knock over the drinks.

It was Geoff Dodd who was here with his wife Barbara. We first met them on our Camping and Caravanning Club induction in February 2010. We kept in touch for a while and last saw them at Glencoe on our way back down to Oxford after working our first season at Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe, NW Highlands of Scotland.

We had a brief chat, found out what pitch they were on and arranged to catch up with them later as we had planned to go to the Remembrance service organised by the Rally.

Geoff and Barbara came round in the afternoon for a brew and we had a real good catch up. We had so much to talk about as we had not seen them for so long and so much has happened. Barbara was not feeling too good unfortunately but was still able to have a good chin wag!

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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