January 2017

Angela is still working locally and has had her contract extended until the end of February. I am still listing whatever I can on ebay and have been quite successful. We will never make a fortune but these items have been sat in my mum’s house for eight years and we will never need them again. I am getting better at wrapping now and the local Post Office staff now recognise me as I am there that often with my bag of brown paper parcels.

Weekends we are still trying to get out for a walk on one of the days. This is mainly for Angela as she is sat behind a desk Mon-Fri and is missing her fitness routine. It will not be long now and we will both be able to go out running after work as it will be lighter and not so dangerous on these country roads.

I had a great day helping Kate out here at A Farm Life towards the end of the month as she hosted a day full of activities for serving officers of the British Army. They were split up into groups and carried out all of the activities throughout the day amassing points as they went on. The clay pigeon shooting had about 5 different ways of gaining points and there was also a target shooting activity. A local man came with a few freshly shot rabbits and gave a demonstration on how to skin, fillet and cook them. The teams then had to have a go and were judged on their technique and quality of butchery and cooking. All in all it was a very successful day and a lot of fun was had.

Towards the end of the month I finally succumbed to the dreaded cough and cold that the rest of the family had had as well as many others I know. How I lasted as long as I did is beyond me as I was surrounded by people that had it.

It is just as well that I am not working at the moment as I have either been taking my mum to her hospital appointments or going with my sister to give her moral support. The latest is that she is booked in for a mastectomy on the 7th February (my sister’s birthday).

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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