Despite our buyer pulling out of the purchase of our house, things are still progressing and the plan is on track.
The first week in February saw us take a long trip to the wrong side of the M25 to the Caravan and Motorhome Club Headquarters at East Grinstead. They put us up for the week in the Marriott Hotel at Lingfield Park Racecourse where we were very well looked after and constantly fed and watered. It’s a good job there was a pool do try to burn off a few biscuits!
A full on week of first-class training and talks on health and safety, risk assessment, first aid, pensions, customer service and so on. We got a real feel for what it will be like living and working on site and we got to meet the teams that will be supporting us which filled us with confidence that we might actually be able to pull this off. We also got to meet all the other Assistant Site Managers that will be starting at various sites around the UK along with us and it was a real pleasure to meet so many like-minded people and I’m sure we will remain in touch with many of them, in fact there is already a reunion planned!
We rounded the week off with a bit of a bash, a gala dinner and disco where we raised a few too many glasses and had a good dance before departing the next morning to various corners of the country. Everyone is chomping at the bit to get started and we are chatting and sharing tips on Facebook and WhatsApp.
Many of the others have since completed their machinery training as they start in March, we don’t start until May so my first ride on the tractor will have to wait a little longer yet.
Alastair has now handed his notice in and I’m sure the next few weeks will fly by. We’ve got lots of stuff to get sorted at home and loads of packing to do and somehow fit everything we need into a campervan and a caravan. I’m not quite sure where we will put all our new work gear, the photo is only of the kit for one!