1st February 2014 Ukulele Shopping!

Having had a restful sleep last night we headed off to Sidlesham, West Sussex to take refuge at our friend’s place. They are still sunning themselves in Spain, but kindly let us go back without them! In April they will be opening a little certificated site with the Caravan Club and we know it will be fantastic. The setting is beautiful as you are surrounded by fields and we’ve been watching the deer and foxes from our ‘van window.

It has such a tranquil, peaceful vibe about it which is just what we’ve needed after all the excitement of the last few days. At night we have heard owls and foxes calling, and there is no light pollution so it is a great place to stargaze.

One of our aims while we’re down here is to buy a decent Ukulele for me (Angela). I have been waiting for two months to visit The Southern Ukulele Store in Bournemouth and today I finally got the chance!

Dean is recovering slowly so we made the hour long journey to the shop, spent half an hour trying about seven of them and decided on a Kala mahogany solid wood Concert Uke – very gorgeous she is too! The guy in the shop (Rob, I think) was very helpful and tuned them all up for me to try. He knew what he was talking about and when we told him the price bracket we were looking at he gave us a good range to choose from, giving the benefits of all of them.

I felt like a little girl in a sweet shop! It was such a treat and Dean was really kind, putting up with my excited chatter. He must still be feeling very green but he was really pleased that I chose a good Uke as we’re going to have great fun playing music together.

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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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