28th February 2016 Chichester

Following our training week we headed off to Sidlesham, West Sussex. Our friends Alastair and Isabel own Fieldgate Campsite and it is the first time we’ve seen them in 11 months.

As we arrived, it was obvious how much work they’ve had done on site. Not only are they gearing up ready to open the camping field, they are having their very old, dilapidated property renovated.

To enable them to have a little holiday, we stayed on site for one week while they escaped to a beautiful cottage in Devon. They took Hamish (their very handsome Scottie dog) with them so we couldn’t have as many cuddles this time, but they seemed to enjoy their time away.

Isabel and I (Angela) were able to spend a few days together. These included walking Hamish around Chichester Harbour, visiting West Wittering beach, shopping in Chichester, with every outing ending up in a coffee shop. It is the law to have coffee and cake afterwards!

Along with spending time with great friends, it has been an ideal opportunity to get the motorhome back in some kind of order again. Dean has spent hours washing and waxing the outside, while I have been tidying the inside.

We head off to Wales at the end of February to collect the trailer from Merthyr Self Storage then continue onto Pembrokeshire ready to begin work on the 11th March.  Our motorhome has looked after us well over the years, but we need to treat her with care.

When Al and Isabel returned from their week away, we had just enough time to visit Thyme & Chillies, a recently opened Indian restaurant in Chichester. We were greeted with a very warm welcome and the food was excellent, with plenty of different options to choose from.

It has been a perfect end to our winter travels, but we’re now looking forward to getting back to work!

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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