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15th Nov 2018 17:51:48
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Hi Trish, I’ve just joined . Have you had a good time so far on this site ?
Response from Tr1sh made on 15th Nov 2018 18:54:41
Hi Artydave

I think it's a really nice site and the people I have interacted with so far have all been friendly and interesting.

The site does take a bit of getting use to and not the easiest to navigate but it is worth the effort.
19th Oct 2018 12:40:40
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Hello to you too 🙂
7th Oct 2018 21:44:03
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Hi Trish, welcome to the site, just read one of your comments and I totally agree with them, I have recently retired and i was surprised at the clubs for retirees, they think we are all old. Would be interested to chat with you about what you have found to do in retirement.
Response from Tr1sh made on 8th Oct 2018 22:50:26
Hi Silverblue

I've not retired yet but I am working on it 🙂

This summer, spending most of the day at work, I couldn't help think that it's time I started enjoying my time while I still can so, I have been looking at what is on offer locally and, to be honest, it is depressing.

I really am thinking that when the time comes, I am going to have to start my own club because there really isn't much going on that inspires me. 🙁
Response from CaroleAH made on 9th Oct 2018 12:32:58
Have you looked at your local U3A groups? The one which I belong to has an Extreme Experience group for mature people (!) and their latest expedition (pot-holing) was described as follows: "The cave is reasonably straight forward with one vertical pitch which you will be lowered down, followed by a rope descent of a slab. After this it is walking in a boulder strewn stream way then a short crawl ( room for anyone) and a mudbank ascent towards the entrance." Definitely not my cup of tea but there are walking groups ranging from the Strollers (3-4 miles with lunch or coffee half way round or at the finish) to Challenge Walking (10 miles plus up hill and down dale) and there are lots of more sedate groups like gardening, singing for fun, languages, book groups etc. Great way to meet new friends and learn something new. 🙂
Response from SilverBlue made on 9th Oct 2018 15:02:24
Carol was interested to read about your U3A, I decided to try my local one, it is certainly not as adventurous as yours. The local U3A seems to be for old people and I was not made terrible welcome so haven't been back. Interesting to read that your experience has been better than mine.
Like you just retired and I feel like I'm in an alien world.
Response from Tr1sh made on 9th Oct 2018 19:00:27
I have never heard of the U3A but I will have a look. I have looked at a lot of local groups and they just aren't what I would be interested in.

Extreme Experience - pot holing - not sure I would cope with that! I like walking and ten miles might be a target to aim for given time.

I looked at the Ramblers Strollers but they don't seem to stroll in my area. I might email them in case they have anything planned nearer to home.

Out of the stuff you mentioned, gardening might be a good one for me. I haven't got a garden but I like the idea of being outdoors and I do have some flower pots!
Response from CaroleAH made on 10th Oct 2018 12:42:09
Hi Silverblue, that's a shame about your local U3A - we have got members whose ages range between 50s to 90s so a great mix with lots of experience to pass on in the groups which they have joined - hope your branch is friendlier, Tr1sh. If you haven't got a garden there might be community schemes where you can volunteer to help elderly/disabled folk to keep their gardens neat or a lot of National Trust properties and stately homes use volunteer gardeners to keep their gardens looking good. A friend of mine volunteers at Beningborough Hall and he loves it - not just for the gardening but also meeting other volunteers and visitors.
9th Oct 2018 13:27:47
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Response from Tr1sh made on 9th Oct 2018 18:47:24
Hi SilverBlue. I can't see any message. I am still working this forum out. Happy to chat though but at work during the day so perhaps one evening. Can you give me a clue as to where the message might be? 🙂

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