2nd August 2016 A week in Oxford

Due to a change in our circumstances we no longer need our trailer with us.  We have arranged for a local storage depot to look after it for us until we decide what to do with it.

After dropping it off and sorting a few things out we headed for the Oxford CCC site where we would be staying for the next few nights.

Apart from dropping the trailer off the main reason for our visit to Oxford was to spend the day with my mum on her 76th birthday. Due to the nature of the job we were doing it had always been difficult to do this so we were really looking forward to it.

The day before mum’s birthday Angela had arranged to meet up with her mum Josephine in Oxford at the famous meeting place under Carfax Tower. I decided to go for a run along the River Thames towards Oxford and ended up getting to meet Angela’s mum before she did. We all went for a coffee before I left them to it and went back to the campsite.

On the day of mum’s birthday Angela and I walked into Oxford to have our breakfast in one of our many favourite eating places the News Cafe. Unfortunately since our last visit something must have changed as the service and usual standard of food has gone down. According to TripAdvisor others have felt the same which is a shame as it is a lovely little cafe away from the main busy streets. Lets hope things get back to normal.

Angela was due a haircut so we had a walk to Brothers to see if they had any appointments. She was delighted to be told they could fit her in there and then so I had to go off and amuse myself and we arranged to meet up later.

We all met up in All Bar One apart from John as he was working but would be joining us later. Birthday presents were handed out, we had a few drinks and a good old natter before moving off to the  Duke of Cambridge where we would wait for John.

We tried to get a table in Browns but they were very busy with a party of 60 coming in. Unbeknown to us it was graduation day for the students at Oxford University so we walked round the corner to Carluccio’s which was also busy but we managed to get in before a large group came in. There was a great atmosphere and the food and company made it even more special. It was a great day.

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The day after mum’s birthday my sister was putting on a buffet for a small gathering of friends and family. Unfortunately Angela had a pre arranged meeting at the Kazbar with old work friends but would try to make it after.

The buffet was great and the weather behaved itself so we were able to sit outside. Angela’s mum and partner Bob turned up also which was nice and just before they left Angela turned up.

During our last couple of days in Oxford we had a nice walk into town and wandered around Christchurch. We had forgotten how lovely it was as we had not visited in the summertime since 2008. We went to my mum’s for one of her homemade curries while doing a load of washing (she is good to us) and on the last day Angela had an interview at Hayes recruitment.

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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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