20th February 2014 Oxford


20 February 2014

19:13

We came back to Oxford early February to see family and friends, but we arrived to see serious flooding in the area again. The River Thames was on severe flood watch all the time we were there and the main two roads into the city were closed for a few days.

 

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It was a great couple of weeks as we were able to catch up with both mums, Dean’s sister, brother and our lovely friends, Sherry and Frank. Everyone seems really happy and in fine fettle so we feel able to go off again without worrying about anyone.

We intended to get to see lots of other friends but as we did not have the car we were a bit limited. Plus, with over 30 roads closed due to flooding we were stuck – bus routes were being re-routed all over the place!

A visit to Lynne the chiropractor, has got us both back in line but we are visiting her again in March as we have left it too long in between visits! When Dean came off his bike in Spain he did quite a bit of damage, which culminated in pulling a muscle in his neck a few days ago. Mine is a permanent issue so Lynne has to untwist me every time just to keep me going.

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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