March 2017

This month both of us were working but we both finish at the end of the month and then have two months off travelling in our motorhome. We have not made any definite plans but the idea is to head to the Lake District first, before driving up into Scotland along the west coast. Up to the north west Highlands where we used to work before heading over to the east and maybe visit Edinburgh again. We are then hoping to get to see some puffins in Northumberland, before slowly making our way back towards Oxford ready for me to start work in June at Mansfield again.

Our little Smart car got most of the attention this month! It began with a slow puncture in one tyre, ending up with us using Kwik Fit Mobile fitters on two occasions replacing three tyres. It was also MOT and servicing time again so that was completed at the Mercedes garage in Kidlington.

We only managed two walks this month, our favourite along the Thames river into Oxford and a lovely walk along the canal from the centre of Oxford out towards Kidlington.

One night we had a lovely cheese & wine evening at my sister’s which was nice and relaxed.

I treated myself to a haircut, hot towel shave and beard trim ready for my Auntie Pat’s 80th birthday party. The theme was 1920s Great Gatsby. I went in the style of a Peaky Blinder and Angela had a flapper style dress complete with a feather Boa and a headpiece!

The evening went really well and the venue was amazing (The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton) as was as all of the outfits. I think all that attended dressed up in the style of the 20s. The only downside was that my sister was too ill to attend but her husband John was brilliant dropping into the role of taxi driver. He picked my mum and us up as well as taking us home at the end of the night. Thanks John Smile Not many of the family were aware of what my mum had been through and were amazed at how well she was looking.

On Mothering Sunday Angela and I went into Oxford for a lovely lunch with her mum and partner Bob in Ask. The food was lovely and we had a good catch up followed by a drink in the pub and more chatting.

We then went to my sisters who had laid on a tea for my mum and we spent the rest of the day there having a lovely time.

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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