Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Friday 28 July 2017

Party food

Today was party food day, loads of cake, crisp, sausages
and this Lemon meringue which I made last night
It's all gone now, but thanks to Mary Berry recipe was lovely 
 Just two spots from the garden
This chimney is beautiful
 These are also lovely
both are not newly planted this year, 
 I got this book from our local library, it was a very good read
Modern story line, which kept me wanting to read more. 
Today was my last working day, not that I did much work, I was coaching for most of the morning. We had loads of nibbles, all lovely delicious food which when eaten in the amounts we had, bad for you. Most of the afternoon, I spend wondering around ensuring I said goodbye to everyone. I had an  interesting exit  meeting with 2 bosses, we chatted and laughed, I was told I could come back, I declined.
So no more 6.20am alarm, no motorway morning and evening fun and games, hubby and I at home. I do feel a fraud, I have worked all my life, and it does feel strange not to have to go to work. I'm too young to retire, I still have to wait for my state pension, over four years.
I am planning structure into my days, I would be happy to sit and read for hours in every day, but I want to do things, I also do not want to promise my time yet, I don't want to promise something I might regret. We need to factor in time with Will, we are active grandparents and want to do more, I do believe it will be good for both of us and Will to do things together.  
I am also thinking if I can find the right role, working a couple of short days each week, I know I have just retired, but I still have loads to give, and it may not necessary be paid work. I don't want to work in a charity shop, that is just not my thing.
Going to be a interesting time, and I have an open mind. So who knows what I will be doing in a month, early next year or next summer. It's for me to find my way.


  1. Congratulations on your retirement Marlene, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time whatever you decide to do. Take some time first to relax and get used to the idea that you can now do whatever you want, whenever you want!

  2. Congratulations on your retirement, I think you're doing the right thing looking at all your options and working out how you want to spend your time. Mind you, it won't be long before you're wondering how you ever found time to go to work.

  3. Welcome to the world of retirement and good luck with this new chapter of your life. Your days will all fall into place and you'll be busier than you were before.

  4. Congratulations on your retirement, Marlene. Wishing you all the best in the years of freedom to come.

  5. Congratulations on your retirement, exciting times with changes ahead xx

  6. Wishing lots of fun and happy times in your retirement Marlene. We have lots of community things people can volunteer with close to us, hope your find something wonderful for you.

  7. Enjoy yourself, you will soon be saying I don't know how I found time to go to work, I know I do! I've been home five years now and enjoying every moment!

    Julie xxxxxxx



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