Exciting times!

24th April 2015 Exciting Times!

 Apologies for those who follow our blog as it has been a month since our last post.

 We are currently still in Chichester but have not really settled in properly as we do not know where or what we are going to do for work this year!

 What have we been up to I here you ask? Well, lots of mooching around the lovely city of Chichester and relaxing on the lovely campsite (www.fieldgatecampsite.co.uk) owned and run by good friends of ours, Al & Isabel supervised by Hamish the Scottie dog.

 Angela and I have been looking on the web for jobs in both Oxford & Chichester, fired emails off to a few campsites. I also applied for a temporary groundsman position just up the road in Selsey. Unfortunately the job was given to a local who wanted regular seasonal work and the other campsite positions have already been filled. One campsite in the Lake District rang Angela and spoke at length about the job but when it came down to wages they could not match what we were asking for, and I would be very surprised if they get any staff on what they were offering.

 Angela and I had a week back in Oxford staying at my mum’s house and were spoilt as usual with mum’s cooking and our clothes that we put in the laundry basket overnight were washed, folded and put back in our room by the time we got back in at the end of the day!. We were back for my birthday and had a brilliant day. Angela, mum and myself got the bus into Oxford city centre on the morning of my birthday and met up with my lovely sister. Unfortunately, John her husband had to work. We went to Bill’s (http://bills-website.co.uk/restaurants/oxford/) for a lovely breakfast followed by a ride (two circuits) on the open top bus tour and had a great time with lots of laughter. Especially as mum was listening to the audio guide in the foreign languages as she could not work out how to select the English. That was after watching her struggle to plug the earphones in to the jack plug. At one time she tried forcing it into a screw thinking it was the opening! After our bit of fun I helped her out. When we had finished with the bus we were ready for a coffee, so headed to the newly refurbished Bodleian Library coffee shop which is on our list of places to visit on our next trip home.

 








 We had a walk around the Covered Market and some other places of interest before we said goodbye to mum, as she was heading back home and we decided to go for something to eat in The Buttery (http://www.thebutteryhotel.co.uk/thebuttery.html).

 During the rest of our stay in Oxford we saw my sister and John a few more times which was great as we spend so much time away. It is great to be able to spend some quality time with them. We went round to my sister’s a few times during the day to use their broadband to look for jobs and on one occasion we planned to have a meal ready for them when they came home from work. My sister has a thing about real fires like myself so after the meal we went out into the garden where I made us a blazing fire, only to see Angela and John watching us from inside shaking their heads at us as if we were naughty children. Which of course we are when we are together!

 The Saturday before we left we had a fancy dress birthday party to go to at Southfield Golf course which was a great opportunity to see some of our old friends. I even bumped into an old school friend Brian that I had not seen since 1981. He now lives in Ireland but is back in the UK working for a while. The birthday girl (Emma) was dressed up as Miss Piggy and she looked great as did her husband Billy and children. Thanks for a great night Em!

 I am writing this in a coffee shop in Chichester called The Real Eating Company (http://www.real-eating.co.uk/) I have enjoyed a breakfast of bacon & scrambled egg butty and am now on my second large latte coffee.

 Yesterday we were in East Grinstead at The Felbridge Hotel (www.feldbridgehotel.co.uk) for an assessment. We are hoping to get a job with the Caravan Club in 2016. We stayed in the hotel the night before as we had to be there at 8am ready to start at 8:30am.

 It lasted until 13:00pm and was a very well run event, very professional. There were 10 candidates (five couples) and we were all surprised as to how many Caravan Club staff there were. Each individual is being assessed throughout the event which involved splitting up into two groups (not with your partner!) and without giving too much away there was some role play and a 45 minute interview as an individual with two Caravan Club staff. We should find out in two weeks if we are successful or not.

 We are off to Oxford again this Sunday for a week as I have an interview for some casual work at an Oxford college and Angela has a meeting with Reed Accountancy.

 We also had a day around Oxford watching the Morris dancers as it was The Oxford Folk festival

 
 

 
 




 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

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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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2 Responses to Exciting times!

  1. Dawn and Mick says:

    Hi Dean and Angela
    Your introduction about your journey sounds similar to ours! We decided to get out of our stressful rat race lives and work for either CCC or CC!
    We had interviews for both sides and chose CC. We are just completing our second season at Tewkesbury and absolutely love it!
    We were at La Manga Jan/Feb 2015 also!
    We have really enjoyed reading your blogs so keep them up as we are really interested that their are like minded people like us out there!
    Many thanks Dawn and Mick

  2. Dean says:

    Thanks Dawn & Mick.
    Where are you off to next year and the winter?
    Wherever you end up, enjoy and maybe we will meet up sometime!

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