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Going early

Hello, how are you?

Hello, how are you?

Early retirement,

It is a weird feeling finishing work. I have been really lucky to be able to retire early. My kids have all left home and are scattered around the world. I have enjoyed working, my colleagues are my friends and Swindon is a good place to be a GP.

I enjoyed a couple of retirement parties.It was good to see all my old colleagues again but it did feel odd, this was my do and this was it!

Thinking back there is always something driving you forward, whether it is qualifying to be a GP, trying to be a good dad, the mortgage or work. It’s my time to explore something different

My dad’s old bench.

It has been a major task getting rid of stuff. We downsized 3 yrs ago but we still had way too much stuff, You realise this when you open the drawers or cupboards.

We managed to sell some of it, give some of it away and recycle a lot. It seems as if the house has exploded scattering its contents , bits landing as far away as Australia. What will I miss?  The stereo, my cds and vinyl, the bikes or my bed? No I don’t think so.

. As I was packing away the garage I had to take my dad’s old bench apart.  He built this about 60yrs ago and I grew up seeing him working on it.. He passed it on to me 30 years ago. It has been sitting at the bottom of my garage ever since. It has shared in my successful attempts to fix and make stuff as well as my failures. It is stained with oil and scarred with drill holes.

It now sits in my son’s garage.

 

 

 

Coast to Coast walk

Pip does ski touring!

Pip does ski touring!

We took a couple of weeks off selling stuff and did the Coast to Coast walk from St Bees in Cumbria, to Robin Hood Bay in North Yorkshire. It was amazing, I do a bit of ski touring and felt quite at home climbing through snow fields in the Lakes. Our navigation skills were tested in fog above 600 metres. Pip discovered her waterproofs weren’t after one morning of heavy rain, the becks were all in torrent so we had to turn back anyway and ended up walking to Ambleside to buy some waterproofs that worked. Pip ended up buying some Rab gear in Event having lost any faith in Goretex.

Grasmere

Grasmere

The fells above Kirby StephenThe fells above Kirby Stephen

Looking north at High Crag Ennerdale.

Looking north at High Crag Ennerdale.

We did it the comfortable way staying in B&Bs and using Sherpa Van to transport our stuff. A final bit of luxury before the austerity of a small tent. It was super quiet, meeting only a few other walkers. May June and September seem to be the busy times.

Swaledale Yorkshire Dales

Swaledale Yorkshire Dales

North Yorkshire Moors

North Yorkshire Moors

Norh York moors in sunshine!