15th January 2016 Kessingland, Suffolk

We’ve finally made it to the east coast of England!  After seven years of living in the ‘van we eventually made the journey to visit our niece Hollie and her partner, Tom.

They did some homework for us before we got there, identifying a campsite within five minutes drive of their home called The Hollies At a cost of £10 per night including electric, with a heated shower block it was a perfect place to stay.

The staff were all very helpful and friendly, despite the atrocious weather conditions they were having to contend with. New hard standing pitches were being created so it was a bit muddy, and as they were new we did sink a wee bit. However, give them a season and they’ll be rock solid.

We spent five days with Hollie and Tom which was fabulous, getting to know Tom a little bit more. Although we know we’re biased, they are such a wonderful couple and we loved our time with them both.

During our stay Hollie took us to Horsey Beach, Norfolk to witness the few remaining Grey Seals there. During the months of November through to January the colony of seals heads onto the beach and surrounding dunes to give birth.

Although most had gone back to sea, we were lucky enough to see maybe 100 seals and the weather was very kind to us too!

We explored Southwold briefly, but the best thing was relaxing at their home in front of a real fire just catching up on each other’s lives.

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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