29th November 2016 999 Emergency Call

As we move into the month of November the routine continues. I sold quite a bit of stuff during October and this month has began well. The best item being my golf clubs. They have been sold via Gumtree to a buyer in Scotland! They are going to visit family in Lincolnshire this month and have arranged to drive down to meet me here in Oxford next Monday.

I decided to upgrade my phone at the beginning of this month even though I was still in contract. I wanted two main things in my new phone. A good camera and a better battery life than my old one. I am staying with Samsung and have opted for the S7. It gives me the two things I wanted plus many extras. A better data package and waterproofing to name but a few.

Angela has had another visit to the hairdressers. Her hair grows really fast! I have also had a short cut and sides but have decided to try growing a beard again. I normally go for one this time of year but this time instead of trimming it I am trying to see how bushy it gets. I don’t think Angela likes me with a beard. I know it ages me but I’ll persevere for a while or until it gets on my nerves.

We had a nice walk around Farmoor Reservoir the first Sunday of November which blew the cobwebs away. It had been a while since we were last there and we had forgotten how pleasant a walk it was. I think we will be going back again sometime in the near future.

Unfortunately I collapsed in the van in the early hours of Wednesday 10th and Angela had to call 999 again! I say again as a similar thing happened to me in Honfleur, France a few years ago. We think that was down to food poisoning and I was in hospital overnight on a drip and took about three weeks to fully recover.

This was the same, an overnight stay in hospital on a drip, blood tests and lots of sticky pads all over me for monitoring.

The first to respond was a fire engine but as we were in a field on a farm it couldn’t drive to the van as it would probably have got stuck. The second was a first responder in a car and he drove to us. My blood pressure was so low I couldn’t be moved. I was not a well bunny! Eventually my blood pressure came up enough for me to get into the car and be taken to a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital. All of the emergency staff were brilliant and couldn’t do enough for me.

As I lay in bed another patient was wheeled in to the bed opposite and I happened to recognise him straight away. It was former BBC Radio Oxford presenter Bill Heine. He was surprised that I knew him and was even more shocked when I told him when and where we had met over the years and that our first meeting was in the late 1970’s.

I was released later that day and it was decided that my illness was down to a virus rather than food poisoning which is what I thought it was.

I have to say that Angela was a star and it must have been quite worrying to see your partner collapse and pass out two or three times and be lifeless……….again!

We got back to the van and after a shower I got into bed and that was me until Friday when Angela made me get up and go to my Mum’s for the day as she was at work.

Saturday we were supposed to be going to a family party that had been planned for ages. I was really looking forward to it as we do not get many opportunities as a family to get together. Unfortunately Angela became ill herself from late Friday night all through to the early hours of Saturday so we didn’t get to go.

Sunday we were still not 100% but took a short drive out to the farm shop at Stadhampton for a bit of fresh air and to get some bread and vegetables before heading back to the van.

Angela thought she was all better on Monday to go to work until she got into the car and just before driving off realised that she was not ready so went back to bed for the day. The rest did both of us the world of good and by Tuesday we were pretty much back to normal.

As a result of my illness I decided that I would go and get the relevant forms to register us at the local Doctors surgery. Next door was the Dentist surgery and as I had a recent problem with a root filling I went to register us both there also. While I was there I managed to get seen straight away and had a repair done on my filling so all in all a good day.

Saturday 19th we moved site again and later that day we went into Oxford to have a belated Birthday meal for Angela at Browns. It was Angela’s birthday on the 17th but as it was a weekday we chose to have it today. The food and atmosphere was great. Better still was that since getting my new mobile I have decided to quit social media apps and as a consequence no longer take pictures of my food or update my status by checking in to everywhere I go.

Not much doing on the selling front at the moment so one job I wanted to do was jet wash the path in Mum’s back garden. I last done it about eight years ago and it has grown at bit of moss and algae making it slippy when wet………..not anymore!

I have also steam cleaned her carpets and sofa. Got to keep in the good books as I am taking our washing to be done there on a regular basis.


15135858_10210105239203990_6252045998052325715_nSaturday 26th we went to Bath Christmas market with my sister and John. She was not 100% herself bless her but once we got there she felt a bit better. It was a bit chilly but that made the gluhwein that John bought taste better. It was really busy and although there were over 170 stalls because of the popularity of this market and the way the stalls are laid out makes it very difficult to get to see the items properly. I think it has become to well known and the organisers need to think about the set up for future years.





Yesterday as part of Angela’s exercise regime we walked along the river into Oxford for a mooch. We visited the building site of what is going to be the new Westgate shopping  centre. It has come on leaps and bounds since we last were home and is still on track for opening Autumn 2017.

There was a little Christmas market in Broad Street and the various food stands smelled inviting. We ended up going for a roast dinner in one of Oxford’s famous pubs that featured in the Inspector Morse programme the White Horse. The pub has a lovely atmosphere with its many visitors from overseas but the dinner was not worth shouting about. Rather disappointing really.

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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