As I’m sure you know or can imagine, taking early retirement means an enormous change in life, much of which was dreamed about and yearned for but also much of which was unanticipated.
I had planned to continue this blog to write about my life post retirement and pay forward the benefit I received from all those generous souls who had shown the way for me.
In reality, I’m struggling to find the motivation to write and maintain a site when sitting down at a laptop feels too much like “work” and is to be avoided at all costs in favour of the great outdoors. Even as I write this on a beautifully bright and crispy cold November day, I am sitting in my garden, bundled in a hat and scarf, with freezing fingers and frosty breath.
All those years trapped in an office or even in a classroom – staring out of the window and daydreaming of freedom – left such a mark on me that I now find it difficult to be indoors in daylight hours.
What financial independence has given me above all else, is the time to pause and reflect, to embrace a lifestyle where nurturing greenery and growing our own food has calmed my racing brain and puts all my worries into perspective by allowing complete immersion into simple pleasures.
I love this new life. It’s almost as if I spent my first 46 years with my eyes shut – I am only now seeing things that were right there all along. The variety of birds that visit the garden, the vivid orange of wild poppies still flowering around a lamppost in November, the beauty in nature that is everywhere but which is mostly ignored and taken for granted.
You may think I’ve lost the plot. I think I’ve only just found it 😊
But I digress – there is a reason for this post. I’ve kept the site up for a couple of years since I retired to help others where I can, but without regular posting, site traffic has diminished to a level where I’m now comfortable to let go.
So this is the start of a goodbye from me.
In what almost seems like a decade ago, but was actually February 2020, the boys and I escaped the endless UK winter for our last family holiday to sunny shores. Without the distraction of my garden, I wrote four new posts with the intention of releasing them in the Spring.
But within a few short weeks of our return to the UK, the country was in lockdown, the mood sombre. It seemed entirely inappropriate to publish particularly the first post which referenced our holiday at a time when people were losing loved ones and friends.
Fast forward to now, late November 2020 and whilst we are still in the grip of the pandemic, news of the vaccines has given us all hope.
In the coming days, I will release those last four posts but when my WordPress account expires in December / January, I won’t be renewing it and there will be no more from me. Feel free to take anything you like from this site that you may find useful until it disappears.
Thank you for reading 🙂