There seems to be a scarcity of UK retirement blogs out there (other than those proffering financial advice) and in the absence of my being able to read about other people's experiences, I instead offer you my own "Great Big Retirement Adventure."

My husband (Mister E) and I have moved from the initial concept through the planning stages to implementation and this site is intended to record the whole process. What I am seeking from retirement is now very different to what I thought I was planning and has gradually developed into a quest for fitness and a desire for simplification, with a transition away from both a highly organised lifestyle and the personality traits reflecting a pedantic professional career. Indeed I recently described myself as "a goofy idiot" who enjoys smiling at sunflowers; a far cry from the pre-retirement professional and an indication of just how far I have travelled.

Please visit from time to time and do add your comments. The blog is in reverse chronological order but popular posts and those highlighting our journey are specifically pinpointed below on the right hand side together with a list of topics covered. Alternatively you may prefer to look at the summary or wisdom we have acquired or even our have done list with its retirement atlas and dip in and out of the blog using the links given.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Potatoes Must Wait

This time of the year is a busy one for gardeners  and with a dining table covered in chitting potatoes, I am desperate to get out into the vegetable patch and start digging and planting. What is it about our weather though? We can have whole seasons of sunny settled weather that confines itself to the working week, only for the rain to pour down on a weekend.

I once read a theory that it is all to do with commuters and the build up of pollution from their cars during the course of the week. That may or may not be the case but it is soul destroying sitting in an office when the sun shines, only to find that, when you do have the time to spend outside, the elements conspire against you.

This weekend has been blighted by showers and a cold northerly breeze the combination of which has made time in the garden most uncomfortable. Gardening is meant to be a hobby not an endurance test.

Roll on retirement when I plan to take advantage of all those sunny weekdays!

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