I will be 67 next month and retired from the many different jobs in my working life. I guess that I didn’t ever find my calling. I went to university at age 59 but when it was over it was too late to launch a new career. I wanted to lecture but students don’t want to listen to old fogies, so sadly I put aside that idea and settled into life as an eccentric dog owner. I live in a beautiful Lancashire valley surrounded by hills that demand they be walked/climbed, how could I refuse? I would like to do a bit of cycle touring but a recent diagnosis of spondylosis and some hip pain means that I may not be doing a world tour anytime soon! I’m keen to make some friends as I have been on my own for a very long time now, my daughters don’t bother much with me and I don’t have a partner.I didn’t expect to be so isolated at this time in my life, isn’t it strange the way family and friends seem to forget us when we get past 60? I will pop in regularly and hope to strike up some friendships.
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Hi All Have you any experience of moving somewhere new on your own? I would love some input into my plan for the future, if you would be so kind. My circumstances are as follows: I have found myself a bit isolated since I am widowed and no longer out at work. I seem to have only acquaintances rather than close friends nearby. I have joined clubs and keep busy with hobbies, but the few people I have met seem set in their existing groups of friends or are reluctant to do anything in the evening. I have retired before getting my state pension as I no longer feel well enough to work. Lack of funds is stopping me doing more on my own. So I have come up with a plan to sell my home and rent somewhere instead; this will give me some more disposable income, enabling me to do more and to travel to meet old friends and family. It would also take away some concerns re house maintenance. Now for my curved ball…… It has been suggested to me that I move 100+ miles away to Warwickshire…… a beautiful area with plenty of new places for me to explore and good transport links for visiting friends and family. I have done some online investigating and it certainly has potential. Now I am wondering what pitfalls there might be that I have not thought of. :-(
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I am new to this site and I have only seen posts from across the big pond. Not that I don't want to chat with people from other areas. I was just curious if this is a global site.
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Hello. My name is Mike and I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Looks like a nice website to meet people. I'm trying to get my girlfriend to join as well but she's hesitant, so I thought I would try it out and then tell her more about it. I understand the majority of members are in the UK? How many Canadians are there? I like meeting people internationally. This is the second forum I've ever joined, the first was cancelled. I look forward to making new friends and participating in interesting conversations.
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Hi, I’ve just joined. I’m 53 and from N.Ireland.
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Hi Everyone! I'm Shirley from Norfolk UK. I've been on here for a few weeks now but haven't posted yet 🙂 I'm almost 60 years of age, have 3 grown up children and 4 lovely grand kiddies 😁 I work just part time ....love dancing💃, running🏃‍♀️, singing 🎤 and holidaying 🧜‍♀️.🍹...(chance would be great) 😁😎 I'm enjoying the site....take care Everyone 👋
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Im new to this site. So a BIG HELLO to all! I currently live in Texas. I turned 50 this year, right after Covid-19 shut everything down, so needless to say my birthday was the worst. I'm looking forward to meeting new people on this site from around the world! I am American but I have lived and visited overseas and would absolutely love to go back again. I love my country, but our government could stand to learn a whole lot from many European countries (well there.....I just met you and I went all political on you...its an American thing I guess 😉). Please stop by and say "Hi!" 👋
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Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello!
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Hi. I recently joined and wanted to introduce myself. I am 68 and retired in May. All my plans for retirement are currently on hold due to the lockdown. Hopefully, it will be over soon. I love travelling and I am lucky that I have been able to travel a lot. I have found it quite hard retiring at this time as I miss the camaraderie of work colleagues. I love walking and being in nature. I also love reading and films and chatting. I look forward to making new friends here.
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I have written, in some form, all my life...travel articles (not very well paid), poems (unsold), a long saga novel (refused by many publishers), academic essays, (completely unpaid) translations from Italian and French (paid in kind by hotels and restaurants) and FINALLY I retired and returned to live in England and began to write books that actually sell. I now give creative writing courses in Cambridge and Norwich (almost unpaid) and recently online only. I have two bylines often attached to my pen name Kate Fitzroy 1 'escape with a book' 2 Everyone has a book to write. I shall end with a quote from P.G. Wodehouse "I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don't know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose."
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