10th March 2014 Sidlesham, West Sussex

Late February we joined our friends on their campsite in Sidlesham as they returned from Spain. It was lovely to see them again, especially as they were wonderful when Dean was taken into hospital. They had to endure a telephone call from me at 2am in a bit of a panic!

Over the last couple of weeks, between us we’ve painted nearly every room in their house, pulled down at least seven sheds (the type that were built to last and were used as chicken sheds, kennels and some sort of dubious living space at a size of 8m x 3m each), and cleaned many a wall.


This has been a slightly mammoth task but we’ve managed to achieve a great deal together. The guys have near enough had a permanent bonfire on the go for the last week, and Al must be on first name terms with the recycling depot staff.

While this has been going on, I have also managed to complete my knitting! It is the first item of clothing I have ever knitted and I am very proud of myself. Thanks must go to Joan, Carolyn, Pat and most of all Isabel who have all helped me when I’ve got in a bit of a pickle!


As the weather is starting to improve we took Hamish for a walk along the canal one day where we saw swans, coots and moorhens on the water. It was a glorious day and the sun was shining so we went for a coffee in the Canal Trust café in Chichester before heading back.

Isabel and I also took a trip to Brighton at the weekend where we met five lovely ladies for a lunch date. We spent a gorgeous sunny day walking around the old part of town (where all the tiny streets are) then we went for lunch in a very nice Italian restaurant.


At the end of this week we’re off back to Oxford for the weekend. The main reason is Joshua’s Baptism, but we’re also booked in with the chiropractor to be tweaked again. It will be a great time to see friends at the baptism who we’ve not seen for ages, and to see our mums again before we head off to Cornwall at the end of the month until November.

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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