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.


Prior to retirement in general terms our plans are:
1. Like most other retirees, we want to travel and see the world
2. I intend to undertake an interior design course
3. We are going to complete a circumnavigation of the British Isles
4. I shall continue to volunteer, currently as a school governor and almshouse trustee
5. We shall spend more time as a couple and also with family
6. I want to investigate still further our family tree, visiting many of the places inhabited by our ancestors
7. I shall remain physically active and seek to improve my fitness by swimming, walking and in the gym
8. We shall declutter and give our home a complete make-over
9. We shall finally embark on some of the design/landscape projects we have in mind for the garden
10. I want to keep my mind active and plan to learn more foreign languages to assist on our travels
11.I want to enjoy the arts: reading more, visiting the latest art gallery and museum exhibitions and taking in the cinema and theatre
12. We shall actively seek out the opportunity for "adventures"
13. I shall see my friends more often and making up for years of neglect and as they retire too, we shall maybe even become "ladies who lunch"
14. I shall make time for writing, especially my blogs
15. There will be occasions when I shall simply revel in doing nothing at all or enjoying the very simple pleasures of life, like watching the birds on the garden feeders or sniffing the flowers in the borders

In 2017 my New Year's Resolutions were:

1. Make someone smile every day
2. Ensure I have a good daily laugh too (I sense my family groaning already at my sense of humour)
3. Stand up for what I believe in and endeavour to engage others to fight the cause (oh dear my poor MP is undoubtedly already groaning  at the thought of those extra e-mails)
4. Use less, live simply and shop locally wherever possible
5. Think globally and be aware of the impact of my footprints on the planet and the suffering of all those in war zones or denied the liberties that I enjoy, doing what I can to raise awareness and improve outcomes.

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