Our Bumble Website is now 2 months old!
We are starting to receive lots of encouraging emails and messages from like minded people about our site and our motorhome life. Lots of questions about the why, the where and the how, so we thought we would give everyone a little bit of background about us.
A Bit of Background
We are both in our mid to late 40’s and been together for 30 years doing normal stuff like building a career, working long hours, paying off the mortgage and finding hobbies to help us chill at the weekend. Then one day in 2013, we made a decision to get out of the rat race, enjoy life and go travelling in a motorhome. But what was the real trigger I hear you say, what really pushed you? Well, a few things. We’d had a few years of bad luck and some real challenging times and the constant stream of ‘what next’ took its toll.
The Final Blows
Things were at a real all time low when in late 2012 came another great blow. My mum (Joanne) was diagnosed with vascular dementia, it broke my heart. I cannot even begin to tell you how it turned our life upside down. Together, we went through every emotion from shock, grief, anger, upset and of course, denial. Here is a link to a video we did for our local trust. We also appeared on the BBC and mum became one of the poster girls for a dementia awareness campaign. Mum is still active but her memory is sadly deteriorating and since we set off in April 2016 she has got worse. I phone her most days but if I am honest, I am really struggling emotionally. This disease is so cruel. One day when I am strong enough, I will tell you about it.
Our final blow in 2013, our brother-in-law was diagnosed with a rare form on cancer. To watch a fit, young, healthy person be taken by cancer was horrid and soul-destroying. Russell was the most kindest man you could ever meet but after several months of hospital tests and operations he sadly passed away. But the hardest part was to watch my sister lose the love of her life. We hit an all time low, questioned the meaning of life and decided life is too short, so lets live and enjoy it. So, apart from the odd few months at home we have been travelling ever since.
As a rule of thumb we travel to a new place each day but if we like it, we stop a while longer. We mainly wild camp, which means if we like a place, we stop, which tends to be in the middle of nowhere. We are sensitive campers in that we never park in front of people’s homes or in places where we shouldn’t park. Normally we travel between 30 and 50 kilometres per day this not only keeps the diesel cost down but more importantly it keeps us from dashing everywhere.
Last year, our best buddy Peanut died at the ripe old age of 15. We did a few months without him but our life was not quite the same. In December 2015, we found two little miniature dachshunds Mac n Tosh who are full of puppy power and loads of love.
Sharing Our Dream
So why share our travels? Well, originally I wrote weekly newsletters to mum to tell her where we had been and what we done. Overtime the audience grew, so the following year Craig helped me put together a weekly magazine. Once again our audience grew and by the end of 2015 our email circulation list was too much to handle, so we designed and built our own website….Our Bumble.
We share our stories for all sorts of reasons – just for an interesting read, to share our photo’s of beautiful places, to tell you about places you might like to explore and finally, to share how we live, eat and cope living in a motorhome. We will share the up’s the downs and anything else that might happen, so as my old boss said “hold on to your hats, we are going for a ride”.