Reconciling our different retirement dates and dreams

My wife dropped the bombshell last night that she was considering putting off her retirement to “somewhere between 60 and 65”. She turns 57 in a couple of weeks’ time and she’d previously talked about 60 as a likely date to, at least, cut back her hours. There’d been nothing hard and fast about that,Continue reading “Reconciling our different retirement dates and dreams”

My Billy-No-Mates trip to Sheffield

Last week I took myself off on a day trip to Sheffield on my own.   There I’ve got it off my chest.  I’ve only told a few people about this clandestine weekday activity and now it’s out there.   I did mention it to a retired mate and, to be fair, he was very positive. HeContinue reading “My Billy-No-Mates trip to Sheffield”

I’ve got the February retirement routine blues

Woke up feeling decidedly glum this morning.  Despite my avowed love of February, the truth is it’s starting to drag.  For the third day in a row Storm Ciara rages, the weather out there continues to sound windy and wet and from the haven of my centrally-heated bedroom it feels decidedly cold.  I’ve got aContinue reading “I’ve got the February retirement routine blues”

The wondrous customer service of Apple

When I was younger I used to think of 60 as being old.  Now I’m nearly there I know how wrong I was. I don’t feel it and I don’t think it. One of the things that proves to me that I’m not old is when I feel delight for things shiny, new and from theContinue reading “The wondrous customer service of Apple”

Frank Skinner restores my faith in live comedy

Past experience has taught me that watching comedians live is a risky business, last night though I took the plunge and I’m glad I did. As a bit of a treat for myself while Mrs Jones was at a work conference I took off to London for the day, something my semi-retired status theoretically allowsContinue reading “Frank Skinner restores my faith in live comedy”

Watching the FA Cup in a kilt!

An exciting day beckons.  Along with Liverpool and Man City, Coventry City have made it to the 4th Round of the FA Cup.  Ok so have Shrewsbury and Tranmere but it’s still an achievement for a League One team in the third tier of English football to get this far.  Even more exciting we’ve beenContinue reading “Watching the FA Cup in a kilt!”

Crime and my Lovebus camper van

The Lovebus made its maiden voyage of 2020 yesterday.  Yes, I have a camper van, me and Mrs Jones – good name for a song – spend many of our weekends and a large part of the summer in it each year.  It was just a short journey to keep the battery charged while myContinue reading “Crime and my Lovebus camper van”

Raining again, I am off to the Costa del Sol

Monday rain, Tuesday rain, Wednesday rain and so it goes on for the rest of the week.  According to the UK weather forecast I’m watching now by Good Morning Britain’s quirky Laura Tobin there’s a week-load of it coming up.   I’m doing Dry January in what’s feeling like the wettest January ever.  It’s beenContinue reading “Raining again, I am off to the Costa del Sol”

Drooling over Ryanair

I’ve always had a soft spot for Ryanair, even more so after yesterday’s flight home.  I know everyone from princes to prime ministers use the airline but my fellow passengers to Birmingham were something to behold.   Last to arrive to the boarding gate were what looked like two elderly brothers in their sixties dragging full-sizeContinue reading “Drooling over Ryanair”

New hobbies and goals for 2020

Well here I am in 2020.  My 60th year, sixth decade on planet Earth gets underway.  On way back from long weekend city break which was the usual mix of good and bad, one day I’ll truly find the secret of booking the perfect holiday.  Horrendous 11-hour day of travel for three hour flight, veryContinue reading “New hobbies and goals for 2020”

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