18th–31st December 2016 Mixed feelings!

Angela is still working at the moment but is due to finish at the end of the month. That said there is talk that her contract may be extended. I am still trying to sell off the odd item on eBay and carry on clearing all of our stuff out from Mum’s loft. It is taking longer than I anticipated but that may be down to me being easily distracted! As I was always told at school, “Dean must try harder” Winking smile

Angela and I have been for a few nice walks. Along the River Thames, Shotover around Oxford and from site towards Denton.  We managed to meet up with good friends for a meal which was lovely.

We had a lovely family Christmas day at my sister’s which was nice, especially as my niece Hollie and her partner Tom came to stay for a few nights. I was given the role of Father Christmas and handed out all of the presents. The dinner was scrummy as always and we even got to Skype my nephew Dean who is in New Zealand at the moment.

This joyous season has been marred with sadness as my dear old mum at 76 has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been so brave bless her, she has been prodded around and has been for various scans to see if it has spread further. Her next appointment is to see the oncologist on (of all days) Friday 13th! This will be a big day as they are going to discuss if it has spread and what the treatment is going to be.

All of us know how horrible this nasty disease and the treatments can be. We are very lucky here in Oxford as it has The Churchill Hospital which is primarily for cancer patients. There are many support groups for sufferers including Maggie’s who also give support to families of those being treated. Let us not forget that there have been some amazing breakthroughs in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment over the last few years.

Fingers crossed for a good outcome and a happy 2017.

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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