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Just joined so I'm introducing myself.

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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thinkingof1
18th Oct 2020 11:19:45 (Last activity: 4th Dec 2020 18:17:56)
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Hello,

I have just joined this forum. I am 60 years old and live in a small town in Yorkshire. I work from home and care for my 19 year old son, who still lives at home, and his 21 year old brother, who has just moved into supported lodgings. Both sons have mental health difficulties.

I also have three fantastic indoor cats, so you might find me lurking on the 'Pets' forum, and I enjoy walking and reading.

I am quite used to online forums, but this one seems much friendlier and more open than others.

🙂
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Response from rocket5539 made 14 hours ago
Hi I am 57 and live in York
I am a paramedic 20 years and currently work full time in in a GP practice
I love the outdoors in particular wildcamping and bushcraft
rocket5539
14 hours ago
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Hi Celtwitch
Just seen the date you posted this I do hope you have made some friends?
I a 56 live in York, a Paramedic now work in a GP Practice.
I love the outdoors and have a passion for wild camping in Woodland and bushcraft.
I dont get on here much but have pressed the watching button so hopefully will get alerts ?
how are you coping in these strange times we find ourselves in?
well take care and stay safe
oh are you really a whitch?
Crankyshooter
19th Nov 2020 12:48:00 (Last activity: 20th Nov 2020 12:15:14)
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Hello everyone,

I've really enjoyed reading the stories here, though some of them are quite sad. I'm 60 and live in London. Have a lovely wife who puts with a lot from me and keeps an amazing garden. I had lots of careers, but took early retirement at 57 from quite a responsible job in the civil service as the internal politics and become really nasty and I did not feel I fitted in any more.

For the last three years, I tried lots of interesting things. I walked right across France and Spain on caminos, and did volunteering in Spain too. This inspired me to learn Spanish to keep my French knowledge company. I've had some great times talking with French and Spanish people on Skype.

I went back into teaching for a while on retiring, but found supply teaching a bit of a nightmare to be honest. It was like babysitting with really badly behaved teaching, and not like the fun teaching I did 20 years ago! So I started hosting foreign students and teaching them English, which was really interesting and quite well paid. But COVID has put paid to all that.

To keep active during this pandemic I've been driving a truck for a food bank where the people are really lovely and am training to be a Citizens Advice volunteer. But I miss my two girls terribly and really hope we get to see them at Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

Peter
Response from Mosquito made on 20th Nov 2020 12:00:41
Hi Crankyshooter,

Did you do a TEFL qualification before teaching English to the foreign students? Just curious as that is on my 'things to do' list ... I currently work in the supply sector and often my agent tells me to put my hard hat on before I go to a school. However, I am using this pandemic as a push to explore new directions... I won't get to see my daughter this Christmas, but is at the very top of my 2021 list for sure.
Response from Crankyshooter made on 20th Nov 2020 12:15:14
Hello Mosquito, my name's Peter. I did a CELTA qualification, though it is not obligatory. I already have a PGCE. The CELTA gave me more confidence and although it is quite expensive and you usually end up doing it with people half your age it was actually really good. Problem is that there is little TEFL work out there that isn't online and paid very low wages. Hosting and teaching is much better paid, but obviously not an option at the moment. Do get in touch if you want to find out more...

Peter
NonnieK
18th Nov 2020 05:30:26 (Last activity: 18th Nov 2020 15:38:44)
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Greetings!!

I'm wishing I had put almost anything but NonnieK as my username!!

I'm Kris. 67 - I often have a hard time realizing I'm 67!

I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US.

I have a son, a daughter, grandson ( staying w/me) a 10 yr old granddaughter & a 9 yr old granddaughter.

I have a variety of interests, hobbies & such some of which are hard & kinda hard and not at all hard to do at this point in time!

I got excited to see that this group seems to be mostly people from England, Scotland, Ireland, and many others I'm sure!

It has been a dream of mine to go to Scotland. Guess I'll do my traveling by the seat of my pants!!

Even though I'm definitely an introvert, this Covid stuff, really has had a bigger impact on me than I thought it would months ago.

I'm single, but sometimes I wish there was another "pea" rattling around here. Miss those hugs & kisses!

Take good care!
Response from Mosquito made on 18th Nov 2020 15:38:44
NonnieK,

You should set up a 'find a pea like me' site! I love that idea! Sounds much more fun to search out a fellow pea xx
Eyralene
18th Nov 2020 03:25:50
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Hello, not sure if you get on very often. You created in September. Are you in England? I wasn't sure where you are. I live in south Texas in the United States.
I have been single a long time and not looking for anything but friendship. I am 83, female. I have 3 grown sons and 14 grandchildren. Like you, my children are busy with their own lives. Grandchildren are on with their lives also. I stay busy though. Love to read everything, do yard work, have 3 dogs who are my family.
Love all animals. I am a fixer upper. I would rather fix up something than buy new. Have many wonderful friends so I am ok.
colleen10
15th Nov 2020 18:10:55 (Last activity: 18th Nov 2020 03:09:30)
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Hi,

I have also joined recently. I am 61 years old andI live in Rochdale. I came here from South Africa in 2003. My mum and dad were both born here and their families before them all from Scotland or Ireland. My mum and her family came over to South Africa in 1940's and I was born in 1959. Anyway, my parents met in SA and lived there until 1994, when my mum decided she wanted to come back here which she did, with my brother and his wife. My hubby and I and our family followed later and the sole purpose of us coming over was to care for her as she had developed dementia and she also had cancer. We ended up staying and our youngest who was 5 at the time did all her school and college here and has a family of her own now.

We recently moved from a lovely area in Wardle to Kirkholt, where we were offered a two bedroomed bungalow as I am disabled due to a spinal condition.

Sorry if I'm rambling, but just thought I'd give you a bit of background.

Would love to see other stories.

X
Response from Eyralene made on 18th Nov 2020 03:09:30
I really don't know anything about South Africa. Some parts sound really lovely, but I have only seen much of your country in documentaries or movies. Movies probably aren't too realistic. I live in South Texas, but have lived all over the United States, at least the western states. Our country is in termoil at the moment. But in spite of all the chaos, we live in a wonderful free country. Is Rochdale in South Africa? I was kinda confused about where you are living now. I am an active and healthy {just a few aches and pains } 83. I love to read, work in my yard and amazingly enough, build or fix up things. I have 3 dogs and a big yard for them to run, however, I live in a home owners association and have several hundred acres to take them. for a walk off leash just about every day . It may sound like I am well off, but I have very little income, but I manage very well. If you are interested in chatting, I would love to hear more about you and your family.
Eyralene
18th Nov 2020 02:55:18
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Hello, I just joined. Just want to chat with friends from all over. I am a very active and healthy 83. I keep busy. I love to read, yard work, have 3 dogs. I walk them in the back woods just about every day. Off leash so they love it. I have been single for 20 years and not looking for a companion. I live in Texas. Anyone want to chat?
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12th Nov 2020 17:42:09 (Last activity: 12th Nov 2020 19:54:11)
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blender64
12th Nov 2020 18:56:45 (Last activity: 12th Nov 2020 19:54:04)
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Hi all just finding my way around and came upon your chat scene. Im 75 next month but only ever admit to being 36 as I quite like that number and think im more mentally suited to that age. I live on the edge of the beautiful lake district in Cumbria. Would like friendly chat
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GlendaM2
1st Nov 2020 18:44:28 (Last activity: 11th Nov 2020 13:00:49)
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Just Joined, Hello to All ! from Cheshire. looking forward to making new friends.I'm 70 been a Widow for 10years since i lost the Love of My Life .. I have an interesting Ancestry My Father American Oklahoma( My American Great Grandma Full blood Native American,I'm 1/8th My Mother British
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Response from GlendaM2 made on 1st Nov 2020 20:08:38
Thank You Sally For Your Warm Welcome ! Look forward to making new Friends & Exploring your Site.
Response from Mr Pepper made on 10th Nov 2020 22:30:36
Hi

Glenda M2.

I have not been of this site for some time. Just trying to make contact with a like minded person to travel around USA or Canada. Post Coved .
Hope you have success on the site.
Have to say I dont find it so easy to get around this site though.

Best Wishes
Roy
Response from Dani made on 11th Nov 2020 13:00:49 > @GlendaM2
Hello Glenda, I’m in Cheshire too, and also widowed. Your ancestry is very interesting....mine’s mainly Irish, although my husband was of German descent....made for interesting looking children, each with some characteristics from both sides. Needless to say, all of them gorgeous as far as I’m concerned!
I wondered if you had been able to return to those American roots and explore them more fully?
Best wishes, Dani.
Takeo
10th Nov 2020 18:25:15 (Last activity: 10th Nov 2020 20:34:58)
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Hello, my name is Takeo, 73 years young or old, whatever you like. I am retired and live in France for the past 13 years or so.
I drive a 2001 X308 (XJ8) Jaguar and I alo have an 1988 4x4 Fiat Panda in excellent condition.
I have a very nice girlfriend (We know each other for over 40 years).
I like salted and oriental food.
I am known to most who know me as being a pain in the behind.
I also like to cook and make the world's BEST "Flemish Carbonades". (Horse meat in beer stew).
I do NOT play golf.
I have 5 indoor cats, oldest is 20/21.
I do not like people who can only talk about their diseases etc.

T.
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casey007
6th Nov 2020 20:05:46 (Last activity: 6th Nov 2020 22:01:19)
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Hi Celtwitch, I feel your pain. I to have spondylosis. It does limit what you can do. But i try to get out there and do what i can. About family, i understand they have there own lives. But friends, now a lot of them i would call fair weather friends. Just get out there and make some new ones. I would love to chat. I can't go for a bike ride, i live in Wisconsin.
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Happy Hippie
6th Oct 2020 22:57:37 (Last activity: 3rd Nov 2020 22:31:21)
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Just joined so Hello from Scotland West coast 🙂
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Response from Happy Hippie made on 6th Oct 2020 23:26:44
Thank you for the welcome Sally looking forward to exploring and finding out more on site 🙂
Response from Eebby made on 24th Oct 2020 12:43:11
Hi Happy Hippy, I am also new to this site and looking hopefully to make some new friends.
I lost my husband 8 months ago and am trying to move forward. I live in the east of Scotland in a small town near Edinburgh I have been here for 14 years before that we lived in Edinburgh.. i am looking forward to getting to know a lot of surfers.
Response from Happy Hippie made on 24th Oct 2020 13:03:47 > @Eebby
Hi Ebby, So sorry for your loss, moving forward takes time, near 12 months to the day lost my mother and best friend, But i was left with the most wonderful memories, I do hope you have been left with the same, they do help you cope xx, I'm west coast Girvan south Ayrshire, quite a small town, I have been Edinburgh many times and always love it there, but then i do love historic buildings, and Edinburgh sure not short of them 🙂 Had intended to see more this year had covid not put a spanner in the works, Guessing small-town life will take some getting used too after the city, But then i always found Edinburgh unlike Glasgow had a small-town charm or feel to it, I had opposite, having moved from middle of nowhere to a small town, But always wanted to live by the sea so win-win lol, Do hope you find some friends on here, as i hope to find too, Best wishes Gordon x
Response from Eebby made on 25th Oct 2020 11:38:14 > @Happy Hippie
Hi Gordon
I am really sorry for your loss and I am glad you have such wonderful memories of your Mum and best friend, I also have great memories of my husband and that’s what keeps me going. I have been to the west coast but don’t know it all that well. Your right about Edinburgh it does feel different from Glasgow, my brother lives in Glasgow and he’s been there for many years but he wouldn’t move back to Edinburgh he loves it there. I live in Penicuik about 12 miles from Edinburgh and everyone knows everyone else. I hope you find lots of friends and enjoy the site.
Take care Elaine x
Response from Happy Hippie made on 25th Oct 2020 12:21:20 > @Eebby
West coast beautiful too and have over 7k in photos in just 3 years lol, but each place we visit has their own beauty to find and explore 🙂 Wishing you the best my friend, and hope you find some peace and Awesome friendship on here too 🙂 Take care xx
Response from CeciliaB3 made on 2nd Nov 2020 18:24:32 > @Happy Hippie
Hello, love your user name, Happy Hippie. I recently decided to go back to where I started, a happy hippie!! Kind of can't find my way back from Woodstock.

I am Scottish, would love to visit Scotland some day. I would love to plan a horseback riding adventure I've heard of Robe Roy Trails, going to look further into it, so maybe I will make this happen!!
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Response from Happy Hippie made on 3rd Nov 2020 22:31:21 > @CeciliaB3
Hi CeciliaB3 Happy hippie about sum's me up I'm west coast Scotland, Think wherever you decide to go there some amazing sites to see 🙂 sure you would love it x
Toni340
31st Oct 2020 01:04:07 (Last activity: 31st Oct 2020 20:36:38)
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I live in California and am looking to share stories and conversations.
I am a mother of two daughters.
At 80 years old, I love to talk about history. I quilt, quill, knit and crochet.
Response from Joanie5463 made on 31st Oct 2020 20:36:38
Hi Toni34 I just joined and Im 66 from Texas looking for friends to talk to. I have 2 grown children a boy and a girl and a 13 year old grandson. I quilt and embroidery , I lost my husband 8 years ago. If
you would like to chat let me know.
NanT
24th Oct 2020 11:16:16 (Last activity: 24th Oct 2020 21:39:24)
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Hi, I have just joined and this is my first post. I am 77 and after a lifetime as a Nurse I am now living with my Husband in Derbyshire, my sons are in Wales and Somerset and the extended family are widespread. I have limited mobility so am hoping for online friends with whom I can have diverse and interesting conversations. My interests are reading history and detective stories, painting & drawing and people.

Stay safe out there.
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Response from Wilf made on 24th Oct 2020 14:57:27
Hello NanT and welcome to Silversurfers and a friendly crowd on here. I have been here a few years now and enjoy discussions on Speakers Corner and also post a few (poor) photos. there are many very talented people on here!
Response from NanT made on 24th Oct 2020 21:35:49 > @Sally - Silversurfer's Editor
Thank you Sally for your welcome, I will take your advice and check in with Forum Homepage. From what I have observed there are plenty of other places to explore.
Response from NanT made on 24th Oct 2020 21:39:24 > @Wilf
Hi Wilf, thank you for your welcome. I will check on Speakers Corner as I like a good discussion. Stay safe. 🙂
simbadog
23rd Oct 2020 14:32:18
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Welcome PatentPending always nice to catch up with folk across the pond.
I'm a Brit living in Spain originally from Cambridgeshire but have lived in several UK locations the last being Gloucestershire.
I'm a Spurs fan also spent a lifetime supporting them along with my family. Managed to slip back to London when they played Juventus in the Champions League last.

Have a good day
PatentPending
21st Oct 2020 21:46:15 (Last activity: 21st Oct 2020 23:45:26)
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You seem like a pleasant one. I too am old enough to be "abandoned" by those interested in more entertaining beings. I'm a bit of an Anglophile (I live in Ohio, my father was born in Shropshire - Madelay I think. I envy you those Lancashire hills and hope you are able to do them well.

You will strike up those desired friendships, I'm sure.

P.S. I'm a Hotspur fan.
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17th Oct 2020 14:49:54 (Last activity: 18th Oct 2020 15:14:52)
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Response from Nahna made on 18th Oct 2020 15:14:52
Good Morning Rjnstn,
I just joined two! I wish to meet friendly people from around the world! It’s a soo exciting!
susikins61
16th Oct 2020 11:58:57
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Hi,
I am also 67 and joined recently. I am a yorkshire lass still but have not lived there for many years and retired to Torquay in 2010 and never been so busy until lockdown. I was a nurse in Sheffield many years ago but moved around with my hubbys career so i have done various things over the years like yourself. helped a friend run a bookshop my last 7 years. Now do the books and music section at my local Hospice shop in Babbacombe, wonderful location overlooking the bay. Perfect. Also so aquafit for us ladies of a certain age, thankfully both activities have recently resumed. On the committee of The Local History Society and have 154 members though still waiting to resume the monthly meetings.
Have a daughter in Bristol who got married on 29th February so just made it, she would have been heartbroken to have cancelled after a year of planning .It was at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, their first wedding. Sadly the next 6 had to be cancelled. It was such a beautiful day and venue. Have a son in London who is loving lockdown as he now works from home and not using the tube for 7 months.
Hope you have a good week. Take care and stay safe.
Broncrider
16th Oct 2020 03:41:47 (Last activity: 16th Oct 2020 08:08:08)
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Just joined. 67 married male, but my wife has no interest other than tv and granchildren.. Retired electric power technician. Electric meters was my field of work. I have two small farms, church work, and grandkids to keep me busy. I enjoy adult conversation on many subjects, especially history of early farm life and western America.
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