The joy of retirement

Retirement, oh joy, hits you like a brick, you have worked for years, you have done your time  …  where do I go next?

My wife recently took up remote control boating with our next door neighbour. I was invited to watch any Wednesday or Saturday afternoon.

The lake the club uses is not the prettiest you may have seen and it was an assault course getting to it but the minute you arrive it was ‘Hi, you must be Lisa’s husband’.  What a welcome received from over 90 % of the boating gang. They explained the two types of boats being sailed on the lake, they invited me into their converted caravan, showed me how they prepared and repaired their models. All this going on whilst a bacon sandwich was handed to me followed by a big mug of tea.

Last week I saw the 500 speedboat race, it was fantastic, it was fun watching the boats race round coloured buoys from a home made starting block made out of inch white tubing.

There was only  4 boats in some of the races I saw but the atmosphere from the owners of the craft and other members was electric, even for me a newbie and non participant.

What I am really saying is find a hobby, meet new people, participate or simply be a guest of something is helping me to adjust to this new venture called ‘retirement’.

Race day!

Race day!

Written by: Peter Loft

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