Just a brief update of the FIRE Escape event I attended on Saturday, organised by Huw.
Gaer Hall was a fantastic location, set in some beautiful Welsh countryside and only a short journey for me (just over 1.5 hours). Of course, being in the middle of rolling fields, my sat nav didn’t have a clue where it was and there were no signs pointing to the property, so it was just as well that Huw put a ‘marker’ out for us (a traffic cone on a wheelie bin!)
Met up with some old friends (Huw, Lou, Richard, Emma, A+Z and M + baby) from previous gatherings and also met some new faces (Michael and Martina). Unfortunately, I managed to miss OR who left just before I arrived!
Food Glorious Food
I must say that I didn’t pull my weight at all with any of the cooking, but the others did a superb job, in particular Michael who baked loaves of bread while everyone was still in bed, including soda bread and Guinness bread with cheese and apple – well tasty!
My minuscule contribution was that I brought along a few bottles of my latest homebrew beer, which seemed to go down well with some!
In all, I had a brilliant time. As we had the whole place to ourselves, I was able to spend time chatting to everyone. It was good to be talking about money, pensions, blogs (yes Emma and Michael, time you started your blogs!), financial independence, early retirement, investing, current affairs, Kindle publishing, matched betting, affiliate marketing, forex trading, DIY, BTL, P2P, some other acronyms (!), etc without feeling like a bit of a weirdo!
It was all really informal, the atmosphere relaxed and friendly.
I came away from the weekend buzzing with ideas and motivation.
Whilst I loved the gathering we had in York, renting out a place for the weekend made financial sense and as we didn’t waste time going from pub to pub as we did in York, our time was spent talking rather than walking!
Anyone who’s considering one of these gatherings, I highly recommend it.
A massive thanks to Huw for organising it all and I hope I’ll be able to make the next one that he organises.