Made redundant from my “Job”

I went into the Trussell Trust this week and found out that they had appointed paid receptionists, so I was no longer needed.  I hadn’t had warning of this;  it was just thrown at me when I walked in and was introduced to the new receptionist!  They found something for me to do after I…

To Cornwall with “Wessex Warblers”

Early rising is not my thing, so having to get up in time for a taxi to pick me up at 6.40 for departure from the coach park was not good!  The two coaches left soon after 7.00 and met up with the third coach carrying the rest of the “Wessex Warblers” at Exeter services….

Three years into retirement….

I saw an ex-colleague of mine when I was working in the charity shop this week.  She had just finished her last day at school and so had retired!  So how am I finding it, three years in? I think I am happier than I have ever been – much more relaxed and the only…

Housegroup end of term barbecue

I am not usually that keen on barbecues, but with the very hot weather we have been having, I thought it might be quite nice to go to this as it was our end of term social.  And it was good. D had got the barbecue going before we got there, so we avoided all…

A special session with the Coffee Choir

This week we had a special session with the Coffee Choir, led by a young man from Brazil called Pedro Consorte.  He has worked with ‘Stomp’ and is into percussion, including body percussion!  Fiona knew of him because he shared a flat with her son.  Having seen the YouTube clips but been reassured by Fiona…

Holiday in Lulworth Cove

When retired we can have as many holidays as we want/can afford!  And they don’t have to be in school holidays, either – Yeah!  If one is only a volunteer, we tell the people in charge when we are going and nothing has to be booked as it does if one has a job. My…

Receptionist for a Charity

At about the same time as I volunteered in the second charity shop I also volunteered to work for the Trussell Trust.  This again involved filling in an application form and giving references.  I thought that I would be offered a task with the food-bank but was actually offered several positions, most of which were…

Another Charity Shop

Having given up my job, got the work on the house under-way and recovered from the operation, I quickly got bored again.  The obvious answer was to volunteer at a charity shop again.  There are lots of charity shops in T so it was a question of which one to choose.  Some of them seemed…

Have an operation!

Not something you really want to do, but better to get things sorted than leave them! I found that a mole on my leg had changed and took it to the doctor.  By the end of next day I had seen a consultant and had the mole removed!   About two weeks later I went…

Join a (Community) Choir

I was talking to an ex-colleague and she said her husband was a member of a choir where one didn’t have to have an audition or be able to read music.  That was a men’s choir, but she said there was a women’s equivalent.  On looking it up on the website, I found there were…