Retirement – how did I have time to work?

Not so epic as some but: I retired early and thought I might like to ‘take up painting’ brave for someone who couldn’t draw a recognisable matchstick man. 

I persevered and joined a local class ‘Drawing for the terrified’ run by the lovely but eccentric Georgie Roy. Now I can do some quite recognisable pictures.

More time on my hands? Think I really like dogs….. So I got accepted as a puppy walker for Guide Dogs.  I have walked 5 puppies so far –  my last one, the beautiful Barnie is on course to go into final 2 weeks training with his new owner – so sad he’s not coming back to us BUT so proud of him. And I’ve met so many lovely people doing the same in the Colchester area. This is Barnie….



Missing work?  NO.  Enjoying retirement….. You betcha!!!!

PS.    Now just got our own new baby too … Meet Harry (or ASBO as my husband likes to call him) – that’s sand on his nose from his digging pit (saves him digging the garden for me).

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Rose of the Moon
7th Oct 2015
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Hi Jan ..I have just recently joined 'Silversurfers' and finding my way around the site.I enjoyed your your story about Barnie and I bet you have done a great job with him and now you have little Harry to keep you busy Lol !. I was interested in your story about you joining a drawing/art group as a beginner and must say your portrait of Barnie is 'Great ' !..I am at present maybe going to join a group myself and like yourself I am a true beginner but your story has given me the inspiration to at least attempt it and my thought is to do a portrait of my beloved dog Bracken who went to doggy Heaven on 8th Dec 2014 aged 15 1/4 yrs and took a piece of my heart with her . I know that I will probably need lots of teaching on how to do it but I guess it doesn't matter how long it takes me does it as when it is done it will bring me so much pleasure ..KInd Regards ..X

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