6th – 10th September 2016 Suffolk.

Timing is everything the saying goes and it couldn’t be more true in this case. As we have to be at Autotrail HQ Grimsby for the 12th September we decided to stop off at Kessingland. 

My lovely niece and her partner (Hollie & Tom) live in this beautiful part of Suffolk. We were here last December to see them and the weather was not as good as it is now. We arrived on Tuesday and my mother and sister were coming up for the weekend hence the saying “Timing is everything”.

The days before they arrived Angela and I had another chance to explore Southwold which is a small town on the North Sea coast of  Suffolk. It lies at the mouth of the River Blyth within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A report from 2012 concluded that almost half of the houses in the town are used as second homes and let out to holiday makers!

Wednesday we got the bus into Southwold where we had a lovely walk around followed by a snack in Two Magpies, a fantastic business run by husband and wife Jim and Rebecca Bishop. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in the area.

We got the bus back to Kessingland and set up the table and chairs outside as Hollie and Tom were coming around for the evening. They only live 5 minutes away by pushbike and we could hear the bottles knocking together in Hollie and Tom’s basket before we saw them heading towards our van! We had a lovely evening sat outside with a few drinks and nibbles chatting away.

The following morning I went for a 5K run before settling down to a day of chilling on our pitch where we read for most of the day while listening to the radio and drinking tea.

Friday we walked down to the Caravan Club site in Kessingland to do a recce as friends of ours may be going there next season. Angela and I both agreed that we did not really like it and would not like to work there. As we have now left the club there is no chance of that happening Smile

We stopped of for lunch at a restaurant just outside the campsite called The Waterfront before walking back to the van for more chilling.

Friday was such a laugh, a great day full of fun with the family. We were picked up by Hollie and Tom and we drove into Lowestoft to meet up for breakfast with my Mum and sister.

It was decided that as we were by the sea we had to have a game of crazy golf. Even though the weather wasn’t brilliant and we got rained on a few times we had such a laugh. Mum impressed us all by getting the only hole in one Smile 

We told the man in the hut that mum got a hole in one and bless him he gave her a free lollipop Winking smile

After the game we went to The Harbour Inn to add up the scores over a drink and ended up staying for lunch which was nice.

We said goodbye to my mum and sister then went back to Hollie and Tom’s via Morrisons for a few provisions.

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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