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.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Architectural Designs

15 years ago Mister E and I built our home. Not literally but we saw the project through from design stage to completion. Yesterday, at the entrance to our local supermarket, I happened to see the architect who project-managed the build. We exchanged updates on our families agreeing that time flies and children grow up so quickly. 

He also asked how the house had turned out and took a step back when I confessed that owing to work-commitments we hadn't actually got round to redecorating it, but that I was retiring this week and, with the benefit of a proposed interior design course, intended to move from embarking on a new-build to home renovation!

"Well these things can take time," he said consolingly.


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