8th December 2013 Calblanque Nature Park

Just over another week has gone by since the last post and we have been pretty much doing the same old routine. A leisurely breakfast followed by Guitar, Ukulele practice, Languages, reading and swimming.

The weather has not been too good recently (wind & rain) so on the good days we have been getting out.

Last week Angela and I decided to go out for a walk over to Calblanque beach. It was nice and sunny but not too hot and we ended sat on the beach with a brew watching and listening to the ebb and flow of the tide. We then retraced our steps and headed back to the van for lunch. Total walk time was 3 hours.

After lunch we sat outside where I read and Angela continued with her knitting which is growing rapidly now. She is making a cardigan and is determined to be wearing it on our return to the UK which may be later than first planned but more on that later!


Calblanque Nature Park  Knitting  Relaxing in the sun

We went for the usual Tapa’s on Thursday with Geoff & Barbara which is always nice to have a good chat before heading back to the van for a cosy evening and a DVD.

Geoff and I went out again today but not on the bikes as the last 2 times I have injured myself and my ribs are still sore from last time. We decided to walk to The Lion’s Head in Calblanque Nature Park. I think I am right in saying that it has the highest point locally and according to Geoff’s GPS system the top is 1,116ft high. Nothing compared to the Lake’s or Scotland where we have been walking but still good for panoramic views of the area.

We were at the top within an hour and a half where we had a few pictures taken, a quick bite to eat and a brew before setting back off for an afternoon in the sun as the forecast for next week is wet Sad smile

Geoff has indicated that he would like to walk it again a few times before leaving, as would I with him again and with Angela. There is also a longer circular walk around the Lion’s Head so we may look into doing that also sometime soon.

Lion's Head 1,116ft Calblanque Nature Park, Spain  Geoff & I  Lion's Head, Calblanque



Earlier on this week we had some very sad news that the lovely Lucy (as in Hamish & Lucy) had departed for rainbow bridge where she is now running free with all of the other doggies there.

Because of this and other things Al & Isabel are thinking of coming over to stay here at La Manga so we are looking into the possibility of staying away for longer. We need just need to sort our insurance out as we were due back in the UK on the 28th January……………..fingers crossed as it would be great to see them again Smile


Pictures to follow as internet too slow tonight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sad smile

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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