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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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Fairweather Child
15th Nov 2018 12:39:21
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Hello everyone.
I am a 60 year old woman who lives in the Glasgow area..
I love movies, music, cafe culture, travel, city breaks, crafts, good chat and laughter.
Looking for friends to while away some happy times and create new memories - I enjoy the company and wit of both men and women.
Life is for living - so let's create some opportunities to get out there...
Kindest regards
FC
Response from Beauty made on 16th Nov 2018 16:40:48
Hi Fairweather Child
Hope life in Glasgow is being kind to you... too far away to be a 'pal', but if you're ever down this way, would be great to hear from you.
All the best
Countrygirlblues
7th Apr 2021 15:18:26 (Last activity: 11th Apr 2021 15:51:53)
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Good afternoon,
First time on here, I thought i would say Hi and see what follows. I'm 57 semi retired. Been at home for the last year with covid lockdown just like everyone else. Lucky to have family living with me so has been easier on me then a lot of others I know. Although we all caught Covid 19 and i had to spend 3 weeks in hospital. We have recovered thankfully. I am looking to make friends to open my circle of friends. You find that when you go out to work you leave the house early and return late so you don't really get a chance to chat with neighbours etc especially in winter you just want to get in and shut the door. Well I thought this may be the place to find like minded people, who have a little more time on their hands. It would be nice to have a chat over a coffee on here. I am happily married with 3 grown children and one lovely 8 yr old granddaughter. So please say hello next time your on and i look forward to making some new friends. I hope you all have a good week ahead of you.
Response from Caroleharper2 made on 7th Apr 2021 15:49:26
Hello there
Well I am now totally retired and have managed to stay fairly sane over the last 12 months ... I
Two super daughters, son in laws and grandchildren too.
Must have done something right!
It’s good to chat so whenever you have a few minutes.....
I don’t reply in minutes so do please bear with me..... I am usually on the run still
Response from Countrygirlblues made on 7th Apr 2021 16:05:16 > @Caroleharper2
Hi Caroleharper2,
Thank you for saying hi, I look forward to chatting .
Response from simbadog made 5 days ago
Hi and welcome to the site Countrygirlblues.
I'm married and semi retired living in Menorca. Been here for some 17 years and love life in the Mediterranean. Have 2 daughters living in the UK but unfortunately like so many haven't seen them for many months but hope that a light will be at the end of the tunnel soon. Keep active, love walking and volunteer at the local animal shelter a few times a week walking dogs, visiting cats etc. Have a dog and 2 stray cats that turned up on my on my doorstep. I am ex Royal Air Force so have travelled a fair amount and also lived all over the UK before moving to Spain.
Please get in touch if you fancy a chat.

Regards

Simbadog
Response from yatesy made 5 days ago > @simbadog
Hi simbadog and how is Menorca coping with covid? - I live in a small township of 9000 and we have never had a hint of the damned virus!
Response from Countrygirlblues made 3 days ago > @simbadog
Good afternoon Simbadog,
Menorca lucky you, We have the North sea on our doorstep which is cold. We have to have a good few months of sun to warm our sea up. We had good weather last year and i did go swimming with our granddaughter last summer but will be a while longer before we do that again. I hope you have or will have the vaccine soon so normality does return. My family are waiting on our 2nd jabs by mid May we hope. I bet you have a lot of stories adventures you can talk about all the travelling you must of done in the Air Force. One of the reality tv shows was based in Menorca and it looked stunning, I haven't been there but my husband and i said we liked the idea of visiting it someday after seeing it. Well i had better get on with sorting out the Sunday Roast. I look forward to hearing from you again soon, Have a great week as best we can now a days.

Regards
Countrygirlblues
Response from simbadog made 3 days ago > @yatesy
Hi Yatesy

We have had no where near the infection rate as the Spanish Peninsula.
Went into a nationwide strict lock down March last year for a couple of months and then went through the summer with relaxed restrictions to enable something of a tourist season.
We are still on restrictions, nothing as strict as the UK are now emerging from though. The UK are definitely ahead of the game with the vaccine the roll out here and around Europe has been much slower.
Stay safe
yatesy
5 days ago
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Hi yatesy here got so many names now on sites I get confused! - retired counsellor in addiction work ; mental health etc and living in the top end of western australia. jut had first covid jab astra zenaca - no ill effects heh! - used to play sax and clarinet in a band and now look after two dogs a cat and me! - living in a small forest of 8 acres surrounded by wallabies; parrots; goannas etc
flojojo
19th Mar 2021 18:06:06 (Last activity: 7th Apr 2021 16:20:48)
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Hi, I’m looking to make new friends and chat. I’m 66 years old, recently retired, which was bad timing due to COVID, but hey ho must not complain. Lots of interests ie reading, cooking, travel, films/dramas, family, my rescue dog and making new friends. Here’s hoping
Response from PatriciaB96 made on 24th Mar 2021 12:50:46
Good afternoon flojojo to the site , and welcome, I hope you will make lots of new friends
Response from flojojo made on 26th Mar 2021 12:00:55 > @PatriciaB96
Hi Patricia, thank you for your comment, I hope to make friends, but at the moment I’m finding my way around the site. If ever you fancy a chat please stop me a line, it would be lovely to hear from you. My name is Jocelyn by the way. Take care and stay safe
Response from Caroleharper2 made on 7th Apr 2021 15:59:37
Hi FloJo
From another retiree
I retired a few years ago and after filling my time with volunteering opportunities, due to COVID the activities have basically ceased.
However I am still with a lovely group and we visit/phone whatever we can currently..... lovely old folk who are isolated for various reasons.
This has been a real boost for me and I am looking forward to developing these friendships soon.
Hope you have managed to find things to do too?
Response from flojojo made on 7th Apr 2021 16:20:48 > @Caroleharper2
Hi
Lovely to hear from you
My retirement was really bad timing as we went into a Tier 4 lockdown, so not seeing family, friends or anything. As of the this week we are allowed to meet in groups of 6 in the garden or parks etc., then on the 12th we can move more freely round the country and all the shops that have not been open will do so and you can meet in a pub garden
I’m seeing my eldest daughter tomorrow, the first time in months, I can’t wait.
I have managed to fill my time reading, quizzes, music and watching TV, dramas, true stories and films
I did some volunteer work before, I befriended a 90-year-old gentleman and that was lovely, so I’m hoping come June if things go in the right direction, I can think about doing something like that
If ever you fancy a chat, I’m here, I love chatting
Regards
Jocelyn
SeaStar
26th Mar 2021 04:25:33 (Last activity: 7th Apr 2021 16:14:23)
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Where does one start? Time takes us all on different paths and some choices are not ending at the destination we hoped. Life has taken me to live on a sailboat, to a ranch with horses and the country life, along with many other wonderful adventures in between. Now is the time where we find ourselves and friends living in different towns and families involved in their own lives.

I would love to meet new friends and find new interests to fill the days ahead. My pets are great friends but I must admit it is a one-sided conversation. With Covid on the rampage getting out and about is not what it used to be. I must admit it is difficult to attract the attention of a potential new friend by holding up a sign that reads.."Hello, if you want to be friends~Please walk by and hold up a new message next time you pass by." The return messages were not what I had hoped for.

Enough of the nonsense..I will check in to see from time to time..

signing out~ SeaStar
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Response from Caroleharper2 made on 7th Apr 2021 16:14:23
Hi there it’s true as we grow up (not necessarily older) our families fly away and have their own lives but it’s our time now and there is lots of good stuff to find out there.
So spread your wings and see what happens, lots of lovely people are waiting to hear from you
Sounds like you have had an interesting life so far, so what’s next?
Hope to speak soon
MimiM
7th Apr 2021 03:55:46
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Hi Celtwtch
You have a fascinating username… I love it. Where does it come from? I would gladly be your friend. I’m slowly finding out in my Covid world, that my online friends are starting to mean a lot to me.
I am 70, and I am very happily divorced. I’m a very positive person for the most part… I could probably lift your spirits in a few minutes… Have social worker to my career, there’s nothing I haven’t heard… You can tell me anything… If you’re interested…
Ell1e
4th Apr 2021 13:44:21 (Last activity: 4th Apr 2021 15:22:06)
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Hi Celtwitch. Ever thought of joining the WI if you have any near you? They are absolutely not Jam and Jerusalem any more. I've made lots of good friends since we started one up in my village. People I didn't know and I've lived here 30 years!
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SENIORSASS
3rd Apr 2021 00:54:58 (Last activity: 3rd Apr 2021 08:00:34)
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LOVE TO CHAT- QUITE AN ANGLOPHILE EVEN THROUGH OVER THE POND!
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PatriciaB96
31st Mar 2021 20:25:39
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Welcome to all new members of the site
Candy Cane
31st Mar 2021 00:09:48
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Hello, I am a 68 year old widow with four grandchildren. I used to live on a small farm in Western Pennsylvania where my family had riding horses,draft horses,dogs,cats and many more critters. My husband and I were retired teaches.I Lovethe county,buying and selling antiques and life in general.
sherlock52
19th Mar 2021 09:51:19 (Last activity: 29th Mar 2021 10:30:12)
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Hi Celtwitch if ever you want to chat I would be very happy to chat any every day topic's but if not then all the very best
Response from SeaStar made on 26th Mar 2021 04:29:18
Well, the nickname certainly does strike up a conversation. If the Celt does not want to chat then please feel free to chat with SeaStar. If not at least you are not holding up an obscene sign as you pass by the window. All is said in jest...Hope life goes well with you.
Response from sherlock52 made on 29th Mar 2021 10:30:12 > @SeaStar
Hi SeaStar hope all is well one thing you will never find with me is being obscene and a good chat is all I ask Bob
sherlock52
29th Mar 2021 10:27:11
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Hi granny granny hope all is well with you and would love to chat all the best Bob
Cessna
26th Mar 2021 12:57:41
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Formerly DS and now a recent joiner to the forums but have to say I'm not getting on to well with the methods of lay out or posting. Probably my fault as not entirely computer literate.
Jenny1812
14th Mar 2021 13:12:33 (Last activity: 19th Mar 2021 22:49:09)
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Hi

I was born in UK Leicestershire, came to South Africa to work in the health service, several positions later I have just retired. I am married, due to my husband's high Covid risk we are isolating as far as possible. We live on a small plot, in rural area of national beauty, so lucky, Our son lives in the cottage on the property,

I have family in UK, and maintain contact via face book, but by the nature of things it is difficult to be close. I belong to a nursing group and a group watching our corruption commission, sounds boring but varies between comedy, horror and insult.

I am looking for friends to chat to over a virtual coffee and cake. my hobbies are cooking, gardening, I have times of cross stitch, knitting and embroidery then the urge passes. We have 4 dogs all rescues, keep chickens and lone survivalist duck.

That is a bit about me and mine I look forward to chats and learning about others in the groups
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Response from PurpleHat made on 16th Mar 2021 22:21:08
Hi Jenny1812.
I'm interested that you live in South Africa. I spent nearly 5 years in Rhodesia as it was in the 1950's, but always I have retained a love of Africa .Married less than a year my husband could not settle back in the UK after the war.

Apartheid and the worsening unrest finally drove us back to the UK. I will never forget the 4 day train journey from Cape Town to Bulawayo on the school train as we missed the Blue train by a few hours when we came off the ship!

I missed the space and the wildlife of Africa and now live in rural Wales.
Somewhere in SA I have an adopted niece, but we lost touch. I would be interested to know what part you live in, and how things might have changed in day to day living?
Response from Jenny1812 made on 18th Mar 2021 07:10:59 > @PurpleHat
Hi Purplehat,

I live in Magaliesburg on the Gauteng /NW province border. This is known as the cradle of humankind as the caves here have given the earliest humanoid bones. It is also a biospere means an area of national biodiversity. So we are very lucky

We came to SA in 1982 to help with the opening of the new JHB hospital, have watched the move from apartheid to democracy. All was well until the corruption which appears to bedevil each African country at so stage. The country is learning the results of state capture and theft in a commission. Even ANC leaders are being brought to court, so with luck we are passing through that stage.

I worked in several hospitals both public and private, with a spell overseas in Saudi before setting up a low cost clinic with a local pharmacy. ( Nurses, with extra qualifications, are allowed to diagnose and treat here, referring to GPs and hospitals as required).

Day to day is very quiet now Covid regs. stopped me working as over 70s can't work. So I passed the clinic on. May go back once vaccination is complete, we are in the second group which if enough vaccine can be bought will be in May. We have a home with enough land for vegetables, a few chickens.and a few fruit trees The fruit trees feed more of the local bird life than us I enjoy cooking, jam making and preserving. My husband does web designing he taught himself after retiring from radiography.

That's quite enough about us, would like to hear about you and yours. Where do you live? What is your life like?

I
Response from PurpleHat made on 19th Mar 2021 22:49:09 > @Jenny1812
Hi Jennie1812

That is an interesting area to live in, I saw a documentary a while ago of The Origins of Man, and I remember about those early bones! The part of Wales where I live now is also a designated Geopark, a region of natural beauty and geological interest with many enormous cave systems only partly explored, and waterfalls on the rivers which powered many industries in times past.

I live with my daughter and her Welsh husband after 4 years alone since my husband passed away. we share a former old plain stone farmhouse on the edge of moorland with sheep in the next door field. My daughter has some ponies,and we have 2 dogs. I garden a bit, potter in my greenhouse and paint a bit from my own photos, and generally help out. I like to be outside when I can, as I love the space. I have been lucky to have that option in these times.

We have all had our first jabs, so we are hoping for more freedom to move about soon.
If you would like to chat some more we could move over to Chat. I will will put a message there as well.
Best Wishes
PatriciaB96
18th Mar 2021 21:48:24
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Good evening to all new members, welcome to the site, I hope you will make lots of new friends here.
flojojo
16th Mar 2021 12:18:08 (Last activity: 16th Mar 2021 12:20:08)
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Hi, I’ve just joined as of yesterday and looking to make new friends. I’m 66 and recently retired and at a loss at the moment, was not a good time to retire as we are in a tier 4 lockdown. I’m also a dog owner, have a rescue Boxer dog. Looking forward to maybe hearing from you with a view to becoming friends
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grandpa100
7th Mar 2021 13:15:26 (Last activity: 13th Mar 2021 16:40:25)
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Hello folks. My name is David. Living in GA. I lost my wife and only daughter back in 2018. I am semi-retired. I look forward to meeting like minded mature seniors here to share daily activities we go through.
God bless you all.
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Response from grandpa100 made on 8th Mar 2021 12:39:32 > @Sally - Silversurfer's Editor
Thank you!
Response from kellymaree made on 12th Mar 2021 20:20:10 > @grandpa100
hello david my name is kelly, i live in essex england, i too have had my fair share of heartache, but i dont care to dwell on that, i hope you are ok and wish you well xxx
Response from grandpa100 made on 13th Mar 2021 16:40:25 > @kellymaree
Good Morning from Georgia Kelly,

How are you doing this weekend? I have been to England and many other cities in the UK for business and vacation many times in the past.

I hope we get to communicate more before my next trip after this global restriction has ended.

God bless you my dear.

Best Wishes,
David
CBreeze
10th Mar 2021 00:09:27 (Last activity: 10th Mar 2021 10:03:15)
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Hi Celtwitch,
I've just joined, having been thinking for some time about expanding my friendship circle in a completely different direction. Wey hey! Done it!

Your 'post' caught my eye. I live in rural Buckinghamshire surrounded by fields.

I was walking today with a friend. We did about 5 miles and in the past that would have set off my hip but I've been doing a lot of exercise during lockdown - (which has kept me going the last few months as I've been feeling in need of .... something..... ) and my pain has essentially gone, by strengthening and stretching muscles around hips and lower back. And stomach. And shoulders. It gets me everywhere - thankfully! So I'm feeling stronger and fitter at 66, than I have for a while. Wanting to do more short walks and seeking new friends to chat with along the way.

Re. cycling - well, I have a bike and I bought a go faster cycling helmet recently. I've been out twice, the second time I sort of collapsed at the very end of 12 miles into a shrub while trying to get off - exhausted. Now contemplating an electric bike. Being a bit of a procrastinator though that won't happen any time soon. And I do so love my car.

I've all sorts of other interests plus I'm a bit of a radio 4 wall to wall listener when not out in the garden. It's late and I've just heard Jane Garvey - ex-womans hour - in another slot which is pleasing.

I've no idea how this all works. I guess this is all public to members who are signed in?

If anyone feels like contacting me ? - also ?
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grandpa100
8th Mar 2021 13:45:06
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Good Morning to you celtwitch,

Greetings to you from Georgia, United States of America. I am 65 and will be 66 soon. I have been to London and several other cities in the UK. Bristol, York, Leicester,Birmingham,Cambridge,etc.

I lost my only daughter wife on the same day in 2018. That was the hardest year in my life. But I have a grand son. His name is Rickey. He's my buddy. He lives with his dad and grand mother. Not very far from me. I used to live in Texas. But after the death of my wife and daughter, I had to move back to Georgia where my wife and I have our home we bought here during the early 80s. Now I am more closer to my grand son.
Have you ever been to the United States before?
I would like us make contact and get to communicate better and hopefully become friends.

I hope your weekend has been a great one and that this week started off with you better.
Please write back when ever you can.

Blessings to you!
David
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