19th September 2016 Annual Service, Poole

September is turning into an expensive month for us what with the recent  trip up to Grimsby. It is now time for the van’s annual service, habitation check and MOT down in Poole at Essanjay.

To break the journey from Grimsby we spent two nights on the outskirts of Birmingham on the Caravan Club site Chapel Lane. Very handy as a stop over for anyone travelling on the M6 as it is not far from the motorway.

In the past when we have come to Poole for our servicing we normally park outside Essanjay as they have overnight parking with hook up and water. There is a bit of road noise which for one night is bearable but this time I did a bit of research and found a campsite 10 minutes down the road. I didn’t read many of the reviews or take too much notice of them which was a mistake! I think this site has seen better days and as such looks very tired. It was clear as we walked around that it had not been cleaned for a while. Despite the signs saying no open fires there was evidence that this had been going on and it looked like some people were actually living on site permanently. Lots of rubbish around the site and I am not even going to try to explain how bad the toilet/shower block was. It was cheap, convenient and very peaceful at night but we will not be returning again.  

Steve and the team at Essanjay have been looking after our van since 2008 and they do a sterling job. It is a great location, very professional and they keep you well informed. This time we made use of their courtesy car and drove out to one of the car parks on the outskirts of Poole next to the seafront. As usual we had a walk around the centre of Poole before finding somewhere to have breakfast. Free WiFi meant we could catch up with emails and other social media items that needed replies.

Our original plan was to stay overnight on the car park before heading to Oxford CCC tomorrow. As the van passed the MOT and everything else went well with no problems we left for Oxford early afternoon.

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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