I love making lists. There's nothing more satisfying than being able to tick off items on them. So much so, it is rumoured that all of us, at one time or another and some more than others, have actually added something to a To Do List that we have already done.
Why would we do that?
For the satisfaction of ticking it off, of course!
In retirement we have made a number of To See Lists/Bucket Lists, call them what you will. They are a work in progress but below are links to the blog entries about places that we have now ticked off:
National Trust Properties
Peckover House, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Allan Bank, Grasmere, Cumbria
Sizergh Castle, Kendal, Cumbria
Woolsthorpe Manor, Grantham, Lincolnshire
Bickling Estate, Norfolk
Blakeney National Nature Reserve and Brancaster Estate, Norfolk
Horsey Windpump, Horsey, Norfolk
Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk
Flatford, East Bergholt Suffolk
Pin Mill, Suffolk
Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Cuba, Havanna, Vinales, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Varadero
France, 3 Vallees
Gran Canaria, Meloneras, Puerto Mogan
Greece, Kefalonia, Lefkas, Paxos and Anti Paxos, Santorini
India, Delhi, Shimla, Jaipur, Agra
Italy, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano
New Zealand, North Shore, Northland, Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupo, Hamilton, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Christchurch, Abel Tasman, Wellington, Waiheke, Auckland
Norway, Flam, Olden, Bergen
Switzerland, Zermatt, Wengen, Crans Montana
USA, Boston, Cape Cod, Savannah, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, Austin, San Antonio, Texas Hill Country, San Diego
Co Durham, Barnard Castle, Durham City
Cumbria, Carlisle, Langdale Valley, Lake District, Langdale Estate
Derbyshire, Peak District
Lincolnshire, Lincoln, Woolsthorpe Manor
London, British Museum, Greenwich, Museum of London, The Tower of London
Norfolk, Brancaster, Blakeney, Cley, Caister, Horning, Kings Lynn, Great Yarmouth
Northumberland, Northumberlandia, Amble, Alnmouth, Alnwwick, Craster, Dunstanburgh
Nottinghamshire, University Park
Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds, Dunwich Flatford,Lowestoft, Pin Mill,Southwold, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge
Yorkshire, Catterick Garrison, Grewelthorpe, Harrogate, Leeds, North Yorkshire Moors, Richmond, Skipton, Stanwick St John, Thorp Perrow, Wharram Percy, Whitby, York, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Scotland, Arran - Lamlash, Loch Ranza; Ardrossan; Argyll and Campbeltown; Dumfries & Galloway; East Loch Tarbert; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Largs, Loch Fyne and Otter Ferry; Troon
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.