Battered by storm after storm outside, one could almost be forgiven for thinking that retirement offers the perfect opportunity for hibernation. However, after a couple of days hiding from the weather and catching up with all those tasks left for a winter's day, I confess to feeling somewhat isolated. At work there is, of course, always an opportunity for social interaction without seeking it out; retirement is different and one needs to be proactive.
In contrast, last week we once again visited Langdale in the Lake District and were joined by the eldest and two long standing friends; company was on tap.
The weather was still disappointing in its own way and was dominated by cold, dull and wintry conditions. Nevertheless we got out and about showing our friends our favourite low level walking routes and lunchtime stops. We even ventured into caves that I had never visited before.
In retirement I have rediscovered a love of colour but last week the landscape was very definitely monochrome. Positivity ruled and my camera tried to find beauty there too.
I think it succeeded!