We’re planning 2021, more in hope!

We’re going to start planning 2021 tonight. Amazing really after the fruitless exercise of planning 2020. I’ve hardly looked at the big year planner wall-chart I bought this time last year. It’s not even on the wall anymore, the only things that continued to happen were the annual due dates for insurances, tax that kindContinue reading “We’re planning 2021, more in hope!”

Happy First Meeting, Mr Chairman

In my ongoing quest to find purpose in my retirement life I have ended up becoming the chairman of the branch of a political party. To protect the innocent and the guilty I will not say which party or where. My rise to this lofty-ish position came somewhat unexpectedly following the resignation of the previousContinue reading “Happy First Meeting, Mr Chairman”

At 60, which part am I playing in life?

Autumn’s onset has made me think about where I am in life’s journey. If I was to take the generous, but not outlandish, view of my potential lifespan as a healthy-ish 60 years-old I could live until I’m 90. If my life span was a calendar year I’m in August – which sounds just fineContinue reading “At 60, which part am I playing in life?”

Oh yes, Autumn is here.

October 1st – whichever way you look at it Autumn is here.  Officially it started on September 22nd but last week’s sunny weather made it still feel like summer. Now, the nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling, the garden furniture has been put away, there’s a cold snap in the air and everythingContinue reading “Oh yes, Autumn is here.”

Spending Christmas with family is more important than staying alive

At 60, I feel like a bit of an inbetweener when it comes to old age.  After all 60, really is the new 40, I once read. I wonder if I’ll feel the same when I’m 70 which I do regard as properly old.  Talking of 70, myself and a friend were chatting yesterday andContinue reading “Spending Christmas with family is more important than staying alive”


I’m feeling a little bored.   Woke up this morning and felt like I couldn’t be bothered doing anything.  I’ve got a few things planned – a zoom call with an old work colleague, a tennis coaching lesson which I really need after last night’s abject performance and then this afternoon popping over to my daughterContinue reading “Bored!”

Life is a piece of cake

It was great to have Great British Bake Off back on.  Not sure about Matt Lucas or the political opening to Tuesday evening’s first episode but there’s something about the format that transcends the personalities. I’m sure I’m going to love my Tuesday and Friday nights all the more – with the nearly as goodContinue reading “Life is a piece of cake”

Balancing my retirement year

2020 – my year of retirement transition – was going to be a journey to enlightenment I thought. At some point during the year’s 366 days I hoped I would crack the code of retirement, the meaning of later life. So with just 100 days to go of my Covid retirement year what have IContinue reading “Balancing my retirement year”

Quarantine Day Three – Rain is locking me in!

Torrential rain, which started yesterday afternoon and didn’t stop, added to my sense of quarantine gloom. Now that the weather is excluding me from the delights of my garden it’s making my virtual house arrest feel like a real one. I know it sounds daft as that all I’m experiencing is the minor imposition ofContinue reading “Quarantine Day Three – Rain is locking me in!”

Quarantine Day Two – Prime Bacon

Day two of quarantine and the 14 days is already feeling like it might be a long haul. I’m trying to tell myself to enjoy it, not make lists, take my time, relax and enjoy the undoubted luxury of being at home with little to do. I’ve decided to fully immerse myself in the AmazonContinue reading “Quarantine Day Two – Prime Bacon”

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