April 2016 Dean’s 50th!

Early in the month we were blessed to have family come and visit us to celebrate Dean’s 50th Birthday. It had been an anxious start to the month due to a few health concerns but all those have been resolved thankfully.

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Dean’s mum, sister and her husband came to stay along with my mum and her partner Bob. We had a great couple of days together with lots of laughter, love and eating! It was wonderful to see them all as we’d had a rough few weeks and there is nothing like the love and support of family to give you a massive boost.

Sadly they all left us too soon so we had to go exploring again! There are so many places to visit along the coastline that it is difficult to make a decision where to go.  We headed off to Porth Clais, a National Trust harbour a couple of miles away, via the Celtic Coaster bus. From site you can catch this little bus that takes you to Whitesands Bay, then into St. Justinians where the lifeboat station is based and onto Porth Clais.  All this for a £3.00 day ticket and a running commentary from the friendly bus drivers.

As you can see from the pictures the scenery is absolutely stunning and again we were blessed by gorgeous weather. The wild flowers were just starting to appear so we had a glimpse of what was to come as the months go on.

This month we also decided to try out our little two-man tent again and go camping. We wanted to go and see our old managers, Billie and Shaun so we combined the two and headed off to Brecon for a couple of nights. Unbeknown to us it would be the coldest two nights of the year!

During our stay we visited the Elan Valley and parked at the Visitor Centre in Rhayader, Powys. The rangers were extremely helpful and gave us a map and advice about a walk around most of the dams, that covered about three or four miles.

The weather was not kind to us today and we experienced sleet, snow and heavy rain throughout the day. We also went out with no food or water and it seemed to take hours to get round! Having said that it was a great day out and we would definitely go back.  The engineering and history surrounding the site is very interesting, from the construction of the dams to the strategic importance they had in the 2nd World War and testing for the bouncing bomb.

 

When we got back to site, Billie had very kindly cooked for us so we went round for an evening of good food, great laughs and lots of cuddles from Peggy their Shih-Tzu!

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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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