3rd August 2015 Another month over!

I cannot believe another month has gone by since our last post on here!

Angela and I have really settled in nicely now and in reality the job is not that much different from the Camping & Caravanning Club (CCC) which we did for five seasons.

The problems we face during the running of the site are very similar to the CCC. The main difference is that the Caravan Club (CC) seem to deal with things in a more professional manner.

I do not want to sound disparaging about the CCC as we did have some good times but if anyone reading this blog wanting to do this way of life I would say that the CC would be the better choice. They really do look after their staff better by what they provide, mainly Uniform, support, contract and facilities.

The site has been busy as the schools are now on holiday and we have been full almost every weekend since we began back in June. The site closes at the end of October then we have a week in November to put the site to bed for the winter.

We were thinking of working over the winter this year but as we are saving well and should get a good contract next year we have decided not to. Also we will be spending our first Christmas back in Oxford since 2008. Between finishing at this year and before starting next season we will probably be touring some parts of the UK.

On our days of we have been relaxing. Either on site or going out for a walk. On our last walk along the canal we managed to spot a tawny owl.

On our next run of three days off we are thinking of going out in the motorhome somewhere not too far as it has been stood since we arrived at the beginning of June.

Today we are having a chill out day after a busy weekend. Saturday after our midday finish we went to the Brecon Show which for £9 entry was a great day out. We didn’t get to see everything as we were both too busy having fun watching the dog agility event. Some of the dog owners were more excited running around the course than their dogs. Some dogs were absolutely brilliant at it and some were just plodding along in their own time missing out the sections they didn’t fancy. It was obviously clear that all of the dogs, young and old, large and small all enjoyed themselves and really wanted to do it.

We spent a bit of time watching a gun dog demonstration by the BASC www.basc.org.uk followed by a bird of prey demonstration from a company called Hawkeye www.hawkeyefalconry.co.uk the three birds we saw were a tawny owl, a hawk and a falcon. If you get a chance to see these fine birds being worked you will be amazed at the speeds they reach. If you are fortunate as Angela was this day you will be able to say that you had a hawk swoop past you so close that it ruffled your hair!

On the day we also watched a display by The Royal Signals White Helmet Display Team www.whitehelmets.co.uk a sheep shearing competition, vintage tractors, a parade of magnificent beasts and farm animals and a Horse jumping event.

If you find yourself in or around the Brecon area this time next year it is well worth a visit, great value for money and not as commercialised as The Royal Welsh Show @ £25 a ticket (but equally a great event).

Yesterday we walked into Brecon to see the Gurkha 200 event. www.gurkha200.co.uk a great event from the Gurkha wing Mandalay marching through Brecon with the band. A Kukri demonstration, cultural dance displays and a band display was amazing, especially given the small space they had to do it in! The 200 signifies the length of time that they have served the crown.

There is a great Nepalese community in Brecon and many ex Gurkhas have settled here with their families and they play an important role in the community.

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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