18th December 2013 Cabo de Palos Lighthouse

Since the last entry 11th December! we have been continuing with our hobbies. Angela’s knitting is coming along nicely and is on track for wearing it at the end of this winter when we get home to the UK.

I am still practicing my guitar and have the callouses  and grooves on fingers 1,2 and 3 to prove it. My singing has not improved so as yet I am still only performing to myself! It may be a coincidence but we still have no neighbours……..which is nice. I have got the dreaded F chord coming up soon!

We had a visitor the other day called Frank. He contacted us via the motorhomefacts website with an query and also he had read some of our blog. He is here with his wife Linda and it is there first big trip to Spain. we had a nice chat on our van and hopefully we will see him again.

As Angela is swimming 3 times a week for her exercise and I have not been out on my bike as my ribs are still not healed properly! I have started running again. I am it doing slowly as it has been a while. Barbara mentioned a running podcast that she had done that was by the NHS. It is called “Couch to 5k in 9 weeks” it is aimed at people who have never run and are overweight. It is a bit easy for me at the moment but I am going to stick with it. When we get back to the UK Angela is going to start running also so I am just road testing this podcast so to speak. The first week is only thirty minutes long 3 times a week so no excuses for not having the time to do it. The podcast can be downloaded from NHS Couch – 5K  go on, give it a go.

Yesterday our friends Al & Isabel began their journey from Chichester to meet up with us here. They are hoping to be here by Saturday……..we are really looking forward to seeing them and Hamish!

So, today we decided to cycle in to Cabo de Palos and explore the Lighthouse. We locked the bikes up outside the police station near the harbour (should be safe there!) and headed out to the coastline and followed a footpath that led round to the gates of the lighthouse. As we walked up the road taking in the views we were occasionally treated to a beautiful floral scent blowing in the breeze from the popular bedding plant Alyssum.

It is not a long way to reach the top and the views are great, especially on a clear sunny day as this was. We had the place to ourselves.

There is a seat looking out to sea with a clear glass screen/wind block in front which would be a great spot for a picnic.

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After sitting and taking in the views, feeling the warmth from the sun on our faces we decided to head back towards the bikes via our favourite cafe called Busquets. It is situated right on the front of the harbour so you can sit drinking coffee having a snack while watching the boats come and go.

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We eventually got back to the bikes only to ride 5 minutes up the road to do a big shop at Uppers (Spar shop) before heading back to the campsite.


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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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